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    Full time available

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  • Course Type

    MSc, Other

  • Course Fees

    5500 /enrolment in partner institution

  • Last Updated

    08 December 2016

Course content

This master provides a clear picture of current concepts and developments in the strategic and tactical management of the medical aspects of disasters.

It provides you with a number of skills which are important in the pursuance of disaster management:
 leadership
 decision making
 communication
 coordination skills
 stress management
 working in multidisciplinary teams
 the use of information technology

You also learn to to teach and train disaster medical management at health professions schools and perform research in order to contribute to the further development of disaster medicine as an academic discipline. This master gives you the possibility to be included in a worldwide network of disaster medical professionals.

Didactic Concept

The master consists of different parts that you must complete successfully:
 A structured, self-directed study under faculty guidance on competence-based didactic activities, integrated in an e-learning curriculum and provided on the EMDM website. The educational materials are reinforced by discussion forums and complemented by electronic simulation exercises
 A two-week residential session, during which you meet the faculty and interact in debates and exercises, assessing your ability to apply an integrated knowledge base, meant for solving problems in disaster situations
 A thesis related to a topic of disaster medicine or disaster medical management, under the supervision of a local tutor and a faculty member
 A final online examination provided on the Internet, composed of an electronic simulation exercise and a multiple choice questionnaire

Teaching methods

The Master will be based on:
 self-directed study under faculty guidance based on didactic activities integrated in an e-learning curriculum, provided on the Internet (http://www.dismedmaster.com);
This will allow the student:
-to learn the core content of the program and to decide what to study in a greater detail at different levels
-to interact with the Faculty and facilitators for a better understanding of difficult points
-to collaborate with other students to learn how to deal with team-work

 a residential session during which the students meet the faculty and peers to interact in debates, practical exercises and simulation exercises, meant for solving problems in disaster situations and assessing the student’s ability to apply an integrated knowledge base. The course, held in a location fixed by the Executive Committee, is scheduled for the next edition from May 24th to June 6th, 2014;

 a final on line examination provided on the Internet composed of an electronic simulation exercise of a disaster presenting medico-organisational and medical care problems and a multiple choice questionnaire on the content of the electronic textbook.

 the writing of a dissertation or a research paper on a topic approved by the Executive Committee and under the supervision of two tutors. One tutor is proposed by the student and belongs to the student’s former or present academic or institutional environment; the second tutor is a faculty member of the EMDM.

Visit the Disaster Medicine page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!






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