30 September 2024

Preparedness and Response to Humanitarian Crises

Be introduced to two aspects of disaster management: Preparedness and Response. You will also gain increased awareness of the nature and management of disasters, leading to better performance.

Current concepts, standards, principles, methods and terminology of preparedness planning and response operations are presented.

You will be introduced to the cluster approach with extensive coverage of the most essential clusters: water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); health; shelter; logistics; food and nutrition; protection; camp coordination and management; and education.

Topics during this course include: leadership and partnerships during crises; conflicts and complex emergencies; international security; management of disaster situations; needs assessment and monitoring; legal framework for refugees and IDPs; information management and GIS; communication in emergencies; financing and donors; personal safety in the field; and project management.


































Emmanuel Raju, Associate Professor, Global Health Section, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.













This course is offered as a compulsory part of the Master of Disaster Management

Priority is given to students enrolled on Master of Disaster Management. Once the enrolled students have been admitted to the course, the remaining seats are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.








Course details

Duration: 5 weeks

30 September - 1 November 2024

Course dates 2025
29 September - 31 October 2025
(Autumn break 13-19 October)

Frequency: Once every year
Place: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee:

EU/EEA citizens:
Master student: 16,500 DKK
Single course student: 25,000 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens:
Master student: 22,000 DKK
Single course student: 33,000 DKK

Terms and conditions

Level and credit: Master's course; 7.5 ECTS
Examination date: See exam dates
Application deadline: 5 August 2024
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for Master of Disaster Management

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