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Disaster Health Management and Risk Reduction Training Course

Disaster Health Management & Risk Reduction (DHMR) training course is part of the educational initiatives of Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) to address the need of Iran’s health system for a standard and well-designed short training course to enhance the human resource capacity in the field of disaster health management.


Date: 20 February - 2 March 2016

Venue: TUMS School of Public Health, Poursina St., Qods St., Tehran, Iran

Registration Deadline: Februadry 16, 2016



Course Organizer


Disaster and Emergency Health (DEH) Academy is based in Iran’s National Institute of Health Research and TUMS School of Public Health. DEH Academy is a pioneer research and training center in the MENA region that offers M.P.H. with disaster concentration since 2006 and Ph.D. in health disaster management as of 2011. These programs are offered in English and accept international students. The academy is a partner of International Committee of Red Cross for organizing the HELP training course in Iran. DEH Academy is a non-UN member of United Nations Disaster Management Team in Iran, and it has extensive international collaborations with credible academia such as Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Yale University, and Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy. DEH Academy is a main technical partner of Iran’s health system where it has integrated disaster risk reduction to primary health care system, and institutionalized a metrics system for disaster risk management.


Disaster and Emergency Management Center, Secretariat for Health & Risk Management in Disasters

Emergency Management Center (EMC), under Deputy of Medical Affair in Ministry of Health & Medical Education is the center for planning, coordination and supervision of health emergencies. The Head of EMC is the secretariat for both Health Taskforces/Committee of National Crisis Management Organization (NCMO) and the Passive Defense Organization (PDO); two national leading organizations for emergency management. In addition, EMC comprises Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and national Emergency Operations Center (EOC).




Course Instructors


Course Director:

  • Ali Ardalan, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor; Chair, Disaster and Emergency Health Academy of Tehran University of Medical Sciences; Visiting Scientist and Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health


  • Dr. Davoud Khorasani Zavareh, Ministry of Health & Medical Education
  • Dr. Jafar Miadfar, Ministry of Health & Medical Education
  • Dr. Hamid-Reza Khankeh, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Mohammad Sarvar, Ministry of Health & Medical Education
  • Dr. Vahid Zonoobi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Amir Nejati, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Alireza Jafari, Iranian Red Crescent Society
  • Dr. Mohammad Javad Moradian, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • Dr. Behnaz Rastegarfar, Tehran University of Medical Sciences


Course Coordinator


Arefeh Mousavi





Course Objectives


  • To increase the knowledge of participants about Disaster Risk Management concepts and increase the capabilities of health staff in this regard;
  • To improve the skill of participants in major functions of heath in disaster and emergencies;
  • Evaluate the participants through a functional simulation. 



Eligibility for Participation


  • Experts in disaster health and medicine;
  • Middle managers in the health sector specializing in disaster;
  • Ph.D. students of health in disaster and emergencies;
  • Disaster M.P.H. students.


Language of Instruction


The language of instruction for this training course is English. Therefore, an acceptable level of English proficiency is a must.




DHMR Curriculum


DHMR curriculum is developed by a joint collaboration between TUMS School of Public Health and the National Institute of Health Research through a grant awarded by the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and technical consultancy provided by World Health Organization (WHO).


Course Content Outline


The content of DHMR-8 is based on the original curriculum that was developed by WHO consultancy and IANPHI support. DHMR-8 covers six training modules as below:


Module I - Risk Management & Preparedness

Module II - Pre-Hospital and Hospital Disaster Management

Module III - Public Health in Emergencies

Module IV - Complex Emergencies & Internal Displaced People

Module V - Rehabilitation & Recovery

Module VI - Field Exercises


Field Exercises

Several simulations are added to the curriculum to engage the participants for practicing the course's educational subjects, and increase the ability of participants to enhance coordination and cooperation in disaster.



In order to register for this training course, please refer to the Registration Form. Please keep in mind that registration is free of charge.





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