Education and teaching at the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters

At the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters we have extensive experience of teaching and lecturing in disaster medicine, public health in disasters, global health in relation to disasters, prioritisation, triage and decision-making. Our staff draw extensively on their research and their experience of field work in disasters in their teaching and training. We teach a variety of courses in disaster medicine, including professional training and an Erasmus Mundus Master programme.

Two students, a man and a woman, sit with their backs against the camera, looking at a white board that their teacher is pointing at
Erasmus Mundus Master Public Health in Disasters Photo: Åsa Svensson

Erasmus Mundus Master Programme - Public Health in Disasters

Our Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Public Health in Disasters focuses on high quality education and training in the field of public health in disaster situations. It is the only Erasmus Mundus programme at Karolinska Institutet.

About the programme

We are one of three partners in a joint Erasmus Mundus Master degree programme, along with the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain and the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. The Master programme intends to build capacity that will reduce disaster risks and contribute to a better and more targeted public health-based relief following disasters. The programme is taught by top-level professional with personal experience of working in health care in disaster situations. The aim of the programme is to give the students plenty of both practical and theoretical training in health care in disasters and global medicine, in order to prepare them for a wide number of professional opportunities.

Freestanding course - Public Health Response in Disasters

The aim of the course is to provide competencies to adequately prioritise, plan, implement and monitor public health interventions in disaster relief, based on needs and risks. The course intends to prepare students for a many different professional roles within the field of global health and disaster medicine. It is taught alongside our Erasmus Mundus Master programme, which gives students the added benefit of collaborating with peers from all over the world and exchange knowledge and experiences in a stimulating environment.

The course awards 20 ECTs and is taught full-time, on campus at KI Campus Solna.

AnTriEx and ViTriEX - simulation tools for teaching and training

people crouching down sorting red flat plates that symbolise patients
Students during an AnTriEx exercise Photo: Åsa Svensson

Disaster medicine courses for medical students at KI

We teach short courses in disaster medicine for specialist doctors and medical students at KI, in the form of an elective course called Katastrofmedicin SVK. The content of the courses includes principles of clinical care, decision making with limited resources, and context in disasters. The course also gives students an overview of the direct and indirect effects of a disaster on health and health care systems.

During the spring and autumn semester we also arrange a special one-day course in disaster medicine for all final year medical students at KI, called Decision-making with limited resources. The focus of this one-day course is on triage, prioritisation and how to best make decisions when not all, or even most, of the facts in a case or event are known. 

Courses for specialist medical staff

Since 2018 we have conducted specialist courses on behalf of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welface (Socialstyrelsen), also known as SK-courses. The specialist courses are state-funded courses for medical doctors who are doing their specialised medical training in Sweden (specialiseringstjänstgöring). The courses are focused on decision-making with limited resources, triage, and disaster medicine.

Health Assistance in Humanitarian Crisis - Professional training course in collaboration Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Sweden

We teach a professional education course (uppdragsutbildning) called Health Assistance in Humanitarian Crisis for health care and medical staff who are preparing to do a field mission abroad with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Sweden.

About the course

The overall aim of the course is to provide competencies, strategies, and tools to enable the students to work as humanitarian health assistance staff. The focus is on a number of core areas such as: global health, epidemic outbreaks, moral and ethical dilemmas in humanitarian work and much more. The course merits 12 ECT credits and is taught through a mix of onsite and digital learning. To find out more about the course and what it contains, please view the course poster.

Please note that you are only able to attend the course if you have been offered a position with Médecins Sans Frontières (Läkare utan Gränser) Sweden or if your employer is in other ways behind your participation. It is not possible to apply to or take part in the course on your own. 

For questions regarding our courses, please contact:

Hannah von Reding

Course coordinator
Content reviewer:
Åsa Svensson