What is the EMMPHID?

The EMMPHID (ID 599293-EPP-1-2018-1ES-EPPKA1-JMD-MOB) is organized by a consortium of three European universities (Karolinska Institutet, Université catholique de Louvain and Universidad de Oviedo) with the collaboration of other fourteen associated centers and institutions outside the European Union. The Kyrgyz State Medical Academy is fourteens associated center of the program.

What are the objectives of this program?

The aim of the master programme is to, through knowledge, experience and research build capacities that will reduce disaster risks and contribute to better and more targeted public health based relief following disasters. The Master has the following four objectives:

  1. To increase the knowledge and understanding of the disaster phenomenon, its different contextual aspects, impacts and public health consequences.
  2. To increase the knowledge and understanding of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) and to increase skills and abilities for implementing the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategy.
  3. To ensure skills and abilities to analyze potential effects of disasters and of the strategies and methods to deliver public health response to avert these effects.
  4. To ensure skills and ability to design, implement and evaluate research on disasters.

What is the academic structure and content?

The EMMPHID is one year course of 60 ECTS. The course will be taught mainly in English (some parts can be taught in French and Spanish) and its structure has three components:

  1. Common Disaster Core Component at Universidad de Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain);
  2. Specialiced Track Component with two options for the students: Public health response to disaster at Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) or the Epidemiology and Research at Université catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium);
  3. The Internship and Master’s Thesis.


The Common Disaster Core Component is a 20 ECTS course study at Universidad de Oviedo mandatory for all the students. The Masters will kick-off with an introductory two-week Module of 2 ECTS covering topics on disaster concepts and terminology and continues with an 18 ECTS Module focused on disaster risk assessment, risk management and risk reduction, the main disaster response systems and the study of disaster types.


The Specialiced Track Component is a specialized component where students will be assigned to one of the following options:


The track chosen in this field doesn’t imply that the student will finally be assigned to the selected strand. It will depend on the student’s profile and also on the specific requirements of each institution. The final decision will be taken by the Consortium of Universities who will decide the final strand of each student.

The final component of the EMMPHID course includes two complementary moments:

The EMMPHID subjects and credits are summarised in the following table:

Universidad de Oviedo


  • Introductory course (2 ECTS)
  • Evaluation, Management and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • (7 ECTS)
  • Types of Disasters (3 ECTS)
  • General Disaster Response (8 ECTS)

Karolinska Institutet


  • Public Health Response in Disasters (20 ECTS)

Université Catholique de Louvain


  • Advanced Disaster Epidemiology and Research Methods (20 ECTS)



  • Internship (5 ECTS)
  • Master Thesis (15 ECTS)

















How many students can apply for program?

The Master offers a maximum of 30 places for highly qualified students.

What are the requirements?

What is the application procedure?

Candidates must fill in the online application that can be accessed at the web-site and upload all supporting documents in digital form, including the relevant certificates and transcripts of previous studies. No original official documents need to be sent at application. Upon admission to the programme, pre-selected candidates must send in certified hard copies of the supporting documents by recommended mail stamped before the registration deadline. Only complete applications will be assessed. Incomplete applications may be rejected without further notification. A completed application consists of:

All application documents should be submitted in English. Applicants must provide official translation of any document in other language. Otherwise documents will not be taken into consideration.

What is the scholarship?

Contribution to travel and installation costs

A contribution to installation costs is offered only to students residents of a Partner Country (1000 € for the entire course). It is an incentive to help covering the additional costs related to the issuing of visas, residence permits, etc. as well as temporary accommodation needs upon arrival in the first Programme hosting HEI. It is the responsibility of the consortium to verify the place of residence of the student candidate. The place of residence should be verifies on the basis of the provision of:

Contribution to subsistence costs (for both programme and partner country scholarship holders)



Students must indicate in the on-line application form if they would like to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus Category A or a Category B scholarship, and they should also indicate their eligibility for these scholarships. According to the European Commission’s rules, candidates are not allowed to apply to more than three (3) Erasmus Mundus Programmes during one admissions cycle.

What are the Application and Registration Deadlines?

The deadline for submitting the application to the EMMPHID Programme is the 31st of December each year.


For more details, please contact Department of International Relations

Phone: +996 312 545859

e-mail: international@kgma.kg