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The Master of Disaster Management Programme

The experiences of recent major disasters, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and the massive earthquake in Haiti, and the discouraging trend of disasters around the world have made it clear that a holistic approach to Disaster Management is needed to substantially reduce disaster losses.

It is not only the response to deal with the consequences of disasters that has to be more effective and professional, but even more so the efforts to assess and reduce risks beforehand and to recover after.

These three main processes of Disaster Management – Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Recovery – all have distinctive objectives and are equally important and overlap each other, and will have to be incorporated in all Disaster Management decisions. Further should Disaster Management decisions be based on a socially, politically, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable foundation.

In order to meet these needs for a more holistic approach to Disaster Management, the University of Copenhagen is offering a master programme, based on the above philosophy – a Master of Disaster Management.

Target Group

The aim of the Master of Disaster Management is to provide national and international aid workers, government officials and other professionals interested in any or all parts of Disaster Management with a solid and holistic interdisciplinary background so that they can respect and understand the complex context of acting and working before, during and after a disaster.

The Master of Disaster Management is relevant for all professions (doctors, engineers, military officers, social scientists, nurses, logisticians, risk managers, decision makers etc) working with Disaster Management.  This means a broad array of people working in national authorities, international organisations (UN, Red Cross/Crescent Movement, EU etc), public services (health, energy, water) and relief/aid organisations.