TAU's International M.P.H. Program in Emergency and Disaster Management
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What do New Orleans, Darfur, Kagoshima and Homs have in common? In recent years they have all been regions of crisis and disaster. Many national and international organizations worked in these places as well as in other parts of the world in order to ensure that their residents will have their basic needs, mostly in providing food and health services, and in some cases help in the reconstruction process.
Crisis managers have a significant role in such predicaments as they are responsible for coordinating the work of different organizations, allocating resources, assessing and prioritizing the needs of the local communities and much more. Since wars and natural crisis are consistent parts of human history, crisis managers and workers are always busy.
Tel Aviv University offers a unique program in Emergency and Disaster Management, an M.P.H. track in Public Health. The Master's program aims to provide students with both theoretical background as well as practical tools. Apart from the faculty professors that have extensive research and practical experience in this area, the program also hosts guest speakers from various NGOs and NPOs, who speak from their own field experience about the challenges they faced in different operations in this line of work.
The program is designed to be completed in one year (three consecutive semesters). All courses and lectures are in English. All students must complete a final project.
* Mental Health Emergencies in Disastrous Situations
* Natural Disasters
* Humanitarian Aid
* Crisis Communication
* Mass Casualty Events
* Leadership During Disasters
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The staff at Tel Aviv University includes: the former director of the Centre for Education, Training and Research in Humanitarian Action in Genève; a former director in the Israeli Minister of Health; a member of the board of directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine; an epidemiology expert who is also the director of the Women and Children's Health Research Unit at the Gerther Institute; and others.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 75 (2.9) or above. Strong emphasis is placed on actual work experience in disaster and crisis management. Candidates must also submit two letters of recommendation and a personal essay. Applicants from non English speaking countries must pass an English proficiency test.
Graduates receive an M.P.H. Master in Public Health with a specialty in Crisis and Disaster management from Tel Aviv University.