1.-University Consortium and Coordinators

University Consortium

The EMMPHID is organized by a consortium of three European universities (Karolinska Institutet, Université catholique de Louvain and Universidad de Oviedo) with the collaboration of other thirteen associated centres and institutions outside the European Union. A brief description of the partner universities will follows.

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Karolinska Institutet was founded by King Karl XIII in 1810 as an “academy for the training of skilled army surgeons”. Today, Karolinska Institutet is a modern medical university and one of the foremost in the world. According to the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Karolinska Institutet is ranked 32nd in the world, 6th in Europe, and 1st in the Nordic region. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Approximately 6,000 students (full-time equivalents) taking educational programmes and single subject courses at Bachelor and Master levels at Karolinska Institutet. Research at Karolinska Institutet spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research, patient-oriented and nursing research to global health. Karolinska Institutet today stands for more than 40% per cent of all academic medical research in Sweden. Teaching at undergraduate, graduate and research levels is to a large extent provided by the researchers

The EMMPHID will be taught at the Department of Public Health Science at the Division of Global Health/IHCAR. This multi disciplinary division pursues research and education in collaboration with researchers in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Through the experience of collaboration with global partners and stakeholders, the division aims at being a resource centre at the Karolinska Institutet, recognized for its comprehension of global health issues.
Main public health problems that are addressed are: HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, sexual and reproductive health, adolescents’ health and development, child health, use of pharmaceuticals, consequences and causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and the Know-Do-Gap.

Since 2002 the division of Global Health has a research team focusing on Health Care in Disasters with the aim to contribute to improved and targeted humanitarian assistance following disasters, by developing evidence for how to best perform needs assessments and how to optimally design and provide health assistance following disasters in different contexts. The research focuses on topics of relevance for the disaster context and includes: Improved needs assessments in the early phase of sudden onset disasters, defining the burden of disease in different time periods after sudden onset disasters and best practices for health care response to sudden onset disasters – focusing on the use of foreign field hospitals and surgical practices. The researchers have practical field experience from disasters, and are on constant stand by for field missions and collaborate closely with agencies including Médecins Sans Frontières and WHO.

Université catholique de Louvain

Founded in 1425, the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) is one of the oldest universities in Europe and a member of the Coimbra Group which gathers 38 long-established European universities of high international standard. Today, UCL is a large, international higher education institution comprising about 27,000 students of 127 different nationalities -representing 17% of all UCL students, and 5,000 staff members. UCL is responsible for the education of nearly one out of two French-speaking students in Belgium and proposes courses in a very wide range of disciplines, with more than 170 Master programs, and about 65 complementary Masters degrees.

The master will be taught at the newly-created Institute of Health and Society (IRSS) which is specifically aimed at research excellence. To understand health in its social context, the Institute looks beyond the limits of medicine and medical care to a wider set of issues that involve social, economic, cultural and political dimensions of ‘illness’ and ‘wellness’. The Institute of Health and Society is a crossroad where multiple aspects intersect: individuals and populations, analyses and interventions, evidence and ethics. With continuously expanding knowledge and boundaries in the life sciences, system thinking and information technologies, the IRSS sees a need to develop innovative agendas for research, education and translation of research findings into practice to achieve the fundamental right to health for everyone.

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), which is based at the IRSS, has been active for over 35 years in the field of international disaster and conflict health studies, with research and training activities linking relief, rehabilitation and development. It promotes research, training, technical expertise on humanitarian emergencies, with a special focus on public health and epidemiology.

CRED’s research focuses on humanitarian and emergency situations with major impacts on human health. This includes all types of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms, famines and droughts; and situations such as civil strife and conflicts that create mass displacement of populations. Though the Centre focuses on health aspects and the burden of disease arising from disasters and complex emergencies, it also undertakes research on the broader aspects of humanitarian crises, such as human rights and humanitarian law, socio-economic and environmental issues, early warning systems and the special needs of women and children.

It is the first and the only centre to maintain two international databases that are a source of evidence for decision making for organizations such as WHO, IPCC, UNDP, as well as numerous academic and policy institutions. The natural disaster database (EM-DAT) systematically compiles and validates human and economic impact data from all natural disasters for 184 countries from 1900 to the current day. For conflict, the CRED team has set up an international survey repository which collects and validates epidemiological surveys from conflict affected communities. Today there nearly three thousand survey results in the database from areas which lack health statistical reporting.

Universidad de Oviedo

The Universidad de Oviedo founded in 1604 is one of the oldest academic institutions in Spain having recently celebrated its 400th anniversary. Today, the Universidad de Oviedo hosts more than 28,000 students and enjoys great prestige due to its teaching and research activities in the fields of humanities, law, social sciences, experimental sciences, health sciences, engineering and technical education. The Universidad de Oviedo will be in charge of the coordination of the EMMPHID.

In 2009 The Universidad de Oviedo was labelled as Campus of International Excellence by the Government of Spain. The CEI recognition was based on the “Ad Futurum” initiative, which objectives are fostering excellence in research, development and innovation, with special focus on Biomedicine & Health, and in which some of the teachers and researchers of the Department of Medicine are actively involved. In 2012 the University of Oviedo has been included by the University of Cambridge in the list of world excellence universities (The Guide to Excellence 2012 Edition. Global Education & Opportunities).

The EMMPHID will be taught at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the EMMPHID leading University department will be the Department of Medicine and its Emergency and Disaster Research Unit. The Emergency and Disaster Research Unit was created in 1995 by the Universidad de Oviedo Department of Medicine (Preventive Medicine and Public Health Division) to promote, develop research, teaching and technical support activities in Emergency Medicine and Public Health in disaster situations as well as its related fields. The Unit is in charge of the management of the Spanish National Disaster Database and is the only Spanish existing university research unit in the field of emergency and disasters. The Unit has a regular joint program of teaching and research activities with the Carlos III Health Institute (Spanish National School of Public Health and National Centre for Tropical Medicine) in Madrid and with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC-NCIPC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Pedro Arcos | Rafael Castro – Universidad de Oviedo
Johan von Schreeb | Anneli Eriksson – Karolinska Institutet
Debby Guha Shapir | Julita Gil – Université catholique de Louvain

The partner university in charge of the EMMPHID general coordination is the Universidad de Oviedo.

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