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Introduction to Emergencies and Disasters

Course Coordinator: Dr. Moran Bodas


Natural or man-made disasters can cause a crisis on both the individual and the societal levels. On the individual level this can include physical and/or mental harm, economi-cal loss etc. On the societal level, the crisis can affect the economy, infrastructure, pub-lic health, and have adverse effects on the political and organizational levels. These effects can be either local or national. The course will examine all stages of emergency management, from prevention and preparedness, through response and recovery.

Operational, Technological, and Logistical – Topics in Disaster

Course Coordinator: Mr. Gili Shenhar


This course introduces students to the different types of "disasters" and ways of approaching them. Business Continuity Plans are discussed and technological disasters are presented.

Public Policy

Course Coordinator: Mr. Itamar Yaar

Public Policy is a course that explores policy-making as both a problem-solving process and a political process. We look at policy-making from the perspective of different focal actors and in stitutions.


Global Warming and Natural Hazards

Course Coordinator: Prof. Colin Price


This course has two goals.  First, to introduce to the students the science of global warming, the Earth's climate, the hydrological cycle and what determines the natural climate of the different regions of the Earth. Second, to discuss the possible future implications of global warming on natural hazards, particularly meteorological hazards (droughts, wildfires, floods, severe weather and tropical storms).


Course Coordinator: Prof. Liat Lerner - Geva


This course is an introduction to Epidemiology, explaining the importance of this field of study. Different  methods of conducting research in Public Health are presented. 

Mental Health Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Situations

Course Coordinator: Dr. Zohar Rubinstein


In this course, students are introduced to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), its history, its components, and are taught about the methods to treat it early, such as Mental Health First Aid. 


Course Coordinator: Dr. Maya Siman-Tov


The course Provides knowledge of basic terms in the field of quantitative methods to carry out an empirical research. Providing conceptual basis of statistical analysis which include descriptive and analytic statistics.  

Debriefing and Organizational Learning

Course Coordinator: Dr. Zohar Rubinstein


In this course students are taught how to conduct a debriefing and analyze the outcomes of an event.

Team Building

Course Coordinator: Dr. Yael Ziv


An introduction seminar to the degree, this short course teaches students methods for working in groups, and motivates self-reflection.

Ethics in disaster situations

Course Coordinator: Prof. Arnon Afek


The course teaches common ethical dilemmas in disaster medicine. In this course, the students will learn the principles of medical ethics and discuss their implementation in common dilemmas in disaster medicine so that the students will be able to deal with ethical issues in such events and situations.

Research Methods

Course Coordinator: Prof. Liat Lerner-Geva


Quantitative Research Methods are the tools for accurate data collecting as basis for decision making regarding clinical aspects and aspects of public health and health policy. Knowledge of research methods and understanding the results is  the foundation for making informed decisions.


Introduction to CBRN

Course Coordinator:Dr. Yoav Yehezkelli


This course introduces Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Disasters, their characteristics, and their effects. 

Disaster Psychology

Course CoordinatorDr. Moran Bodas


Disaster planning and management cannot be done without societal context. Yet, many decision makers and crisis planners often overlook the sociological and psychological components that are crucial for appropriate disaster management. In this course we will discuss key concepts in the socio-psychological determinants of disaster management, including: resilience, public preparedness, psychology of risk communication, etc. We will analyze the effects of those factors on human behavior in the context of preparedness to emergencies. The course will enable students to better understand the role of socio-psychological factors in emergency management and to develop tools to incorporate them into their management skills.

Projects' Management and Evaluation

Course Coordinator:Dr. Yossi Bolless & Mr. Moshe Shlisel


This course presents the different components of project management and evaluation, and highlights the characteristics of a good and successful project.


Humanitarian Affairs

Students are introduced to the field of Humanitarian Affairs, and through case studies and a history of the United Nations, learn the challenges faced in this field. 

Medical Management in Mass Disasters and Mass Casualty Events

Course Coordinator: Prof. Kobi Peleg & Dr. Bruria Adini


This course evaluates the role of hospitals and emergency medical staff in the response to a mass casualty event. Students are taught about the challenges in the response, as well as about the methods that have proven successful when responding to mass casualty events. 

Crisis Management in Organizations

Course Coordinator: Mr. Erez Meltzer


This course introduces the challenges of a decision maker and manager, and the characteristics that make a good leader and manager.


Risk and Crisis Communication Course

Course Coordinator: Mr. Gili Shenhar


A crucial aspect during emergencies and disasters, this course teaches students how to deal with the media and how to convey a message effectively during a time of confusion and chaos. 

Seminar in Integrated Planning and Intervention

Course Coordinator: Prof. Kobi Peleg & Mr. Gili Shenhar 


In this seminar, students visit various types of first responders in Israel including the Tel Aviv Police and Fire Stations, meetings with emergency organizations, and visits during drills, the students will train in Search and Rescue. During this seminar students are asked to choose a topic in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management, and write a thesis proposal.

Effective Leadership in Times of Crisis

Course Coordinator: Dr. Tomer Simon


During the course students will learn the theoretical background of the various leadership models, the differences between management and leadership, leadership during emergencies, and will experience the complexities of leadership through case studies from around the world of various emergencies and disasters. Students will enhance their knowledge on the theoretical background of leadership; understand the different leadership styles according to the leader, the event and the geography; and evaluate leadership in emergency case studies according to the knowledge learnt.

Legal Aspects of Disaster Management & Humanitarian Action

Course Coordinator: Dr. Bruria Adini

This course will introduce students to a broad spectrum of legal issues related to disaster management and humanitarian action. 

Introduction to Cyber Events Readiness and Response

Course Coordinator: Dr. Tomer Simon

This course will introduce students to the domain of cyber security, its characteristics, threats, trends and the role of the manager in the cyber incident response. The students will learn the different types of cyber-attacks, and the difference between white-hat and black-hat hacking. As emergency managers it is a crucial skill to understand the threats and risks associated with cyber-attacks, and how to manage them. Cyber-attacks can occur during natural or manmade emergencies, but they can also be the cause of some of them. Through real life examples you will learn the fundamentals of how to create a cyber response plan and manage cyber incidents, and how it is related to the ‘regular’ emergency and disaster response planning.

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