Welcome to the EMDM

Course Director’s Welcome Message

We are living in an era of complex global health crises: climate-related disasters, conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, migrant and refugee surges, and outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are resulting in challenges we are not yet able to face. The health consequences are often not considered and managed under a disaster approach. Studying and managing disasters and crises with a strong focus on health will be of paramount importance during the next years. However, the number of policy makers, managers, practitioners, and research scientists with specific competencies in achieving this goal is currently very limited at global level.

EMDM aims to develop a new generation of disaster and humanitarian health professionals with advanced competencies for performing disaster and humanitarian health crisis-related management, research, and development. The program is designed to equip the students with a solid background in disaster medicine and humanitarian health, deepening their knowledge on scientific research. The program will help the students in developing competencies related to disaster medicine and health management, as well as abilities to conduct independent research, problem-solving and decision-making skills, under crisis situations.

EMDM has a flexible learning environment which creates an innovative approach to disaster education. We aim to provide a high-quality learning experience using the state-of-the-art of teaching and training methodologies, including technology-enhanced and problem-based learning, discussion-based and table-top exercises, virtual and augmented reality simulations, drills and field exercises.  

Over twenty years’ activity, across this comprehensive program, renowned Faculty members from more than 30 countries with different background and expertise inspired more than 600 participants, drawn from 89 countries, representing all the 6 continents. This worldly perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our program.

Our extensive and well-established links with United Nations agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, scientific societies, universities and research institutes, create an effective bridge between the academic world and the actual field work, enhancing future career opportunities in the disaster and humanitarian landscapes.

As Course Director, on behalf of the EMDM Strategic Management Board and the whole Faculty, I look forward to welcome you in the EMDM world, a place where you join a global network of professionals who share principles, concepts and visions in disaster medicine, a place where you attain a wider and more comprehensive view of disaster medicine as a global health science.

Luca Ragazzoni
EMDM Course Director


The idea of the EMDM was launched during the First Congress of the European Society for Emergency Medicine in April 1998 in San Marino, as a pilot project to be implemented in the framework of a European interuniversity cooperation. The European Centre of Disaster Medicine (CEMEC) and the Eur-OPA project of the Council of Europe decided to support the project.

Consequently, an agreement for the creation of a European Certificate in Disaster Medicine was signed by the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, the Catholic Universty of Leuven, the University of San Marino, and CEMEC.

Two years later, The Università del Piemonte Orientale and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel decided to raise the Certificate to a level – two Master in Disaster Medicine, based on Italian legislation.

In the following years, the EMDM enlarged its family and signed a convention with several Associate Universities and Institutions: Center for Disaster Medical Sciences at the University of California Irvine (Irvine, US), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), Katastrofmedicinskt Centrum (Linköping, Sweden), Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey), School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland).



The Course Director
Luca Ragazzoni

The Faculty is nominated by the Faculty of the Medical Schools of the both Organizing Universities based on a proposal of the Strategic Management Board. They can be members of the both Medical Schools of the Organizing Universities, members of the Associate Universities and Institutions, or qualified professionals in disaster medicine, disaster management and humanitarian health. The same will be valid for tutors.


Course Director
  • Luca Ragazzoni, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
Deputy Course Director
  • Francesco Della Corte, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Ives Hubloue, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Deputy Chair
  • Michel Debacker, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium


Thesis Coordinator
  • Ives Hubloue, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Michel Debacker, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Education Coordinator
  • George Teo Voicescu, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
User Experience Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Franc, University of Alberta, Canada
Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Ahmadreza Djalali, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
Alumni Coordinator
  • Irene Pereira, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
Administrative Coordinator
  • Monica Linty, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Stefania Origine, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
E-learning and Design Coordinator
  • Lorenzo Rossi, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy



The EMDM learning environment:
Francesco Della Corte, Luca Ragazzoni, Michel Debacker, Ives Hubloue
Introduction to Disaster Medicine:
Ives Hubloue, Kris Spaepen
Research in Disaster Medicine:
Jeffrey Franc, Samuel Stratton
General Medical Disaster Management:
Ives Hubloue, Moran Bodas
Specific Medical Disaster Management:
, Luca Ragazzoni
Disaster Mental Health:
Education and Training in Disaster Medicine:
Luca Ragazzoni, Ives Hubloue
Complex Humanitarian Emergencies:
Luca Ragazzoni, Lina Echeverri
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Medicine:
Donal O'Mathùna, Adamu Addissie


  • Jeffrey Franc, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Charles Stewart, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • Hakan Altintas, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Irene Pereira, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Luca Ragazzoni, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Marcel Van der Auwera, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Davide Colombo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Francesco Della Corte, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Ives Hubloue, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Donal O'Mathùna, University of Dublin, Ireland
  • Ahmadreza Djalali, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Kris Spaepen, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Marta Caviglia, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Moran Bodas, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Flavio Salio, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Alba Ripoll Gallardo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Massimo Azzaretto, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Eric Weinstein, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Michel Debacker, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Lina Echeverri, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Adamu Addissie, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • James Lee, MSF, Brussels, Belgium


  • Carl Schultz, University of California, Irvine, US
  • Samuel Stratton, University of California, Los Angeles, US
  • Frederick M. Burkle Jr., Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, US
  • Rudi Coninx, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Pinchas Halpern, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Kristi Koenig, University of California, San Diego, US
  • Virginia Murray, Public Health England, UK
  • Jacob Peleg, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Olivier Hagon, HUG, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Franco Foti, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Federico Merlo, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Sophie Pauwels, ReGEDiM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Marcelo Dell'Aringa, CRIMEDIM, Novara, Italy
  • Manuela Verde, EMDM Alumni, Novara, Italy


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