1. University Consortium and Coordinators

University Consortium

The EMJMDPHID is organized by a consortium of three European universities (Universidad de Oviedo, Karolinska Institutet and University of Nicosia) with the collaboration of other associated centres and institutions outside the European Union. A brief description of the partner universities will follows.

Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Karolinska Institutet was founded by King Karl XIII in 1810 as an “academy for the training of skilled army surgeons”. Today, Karolinska Institutet is a modern medical university and one of the foremost in the world. According to the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Karolinska Institutet is ranked 32nd in the world, 6th in Europe, and 1st in the Nordic region. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

Approximately 6,000 students (full-time equivalents) taking educational programmes and single subject courses at Bachelor and Master levels at Karolinska Institutet. Research at Karolinska Institutet spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research, patient-oriented and nursing research to global health. Karolinska Institutet today stands for more than 40% per cent of all academic medical research in Sweden. Teaching at undergraduate, graduate and research levels is to a large extent provided by the researchers

The EMJMDPHID will be taught at the Department of Public Health Science at the Division of Global Health/IHCAR. This multi disciplinary division pursues research and education in collaboration with researchers in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Through the experience of collaboration with global partners and stakeholders, the division aims at being a resource centre at the Karolinska Institutet, recognized for its comprehension of global health issues.
Main public health problems that are addressed are: HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, sexual and reproductive health, adolescents’ health and development, child health, use of pharmaceuticals, consequences and causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and the Know-Do-Gap.

Since 2002 the division of Global Health has a research team focusing on Health Care in Disasters with the aim to contribute to improved and targeted humanitarian assistance following disasters, by developing evidence for how to best perform needs assessments and how to optimally design and provide health assistance following disasters in different contexts. The research focuses on topics of relevance for the disaster context and includes: Improved needs assessments in the early phase of sudden onset disasters, defining the burden of disease in different time periods after sudden onset disasters and best practices for health care response to sudden onset disasters – focusing on the use of foreign field hospitals and surgical practices. The researchers have practical field experience from disasters, and are on constant stand by for field missions and collaborate closely with agencies including Médecins Sans Frontières and WHO.

University of Nicosia

University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus with over 11,500 students. It is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity institution of higher education, which offers a wide range of programmes to students from around the world. The University of Nicosia comprise six schools offering more than 100 conventional on-campus and online programmes of study, with particular strengths in medicine, health sciences, law, accounting, architecture and international relations. International in philosophy, the University hosts students from all over the world, in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation, and understanding. The University pursues excellence in education through research and high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment.

In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the St George’s, University of London Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), a 4-year graduate-entry British medical degree that is quality assured by the UK.  Today the Medical School is the largest in the country and offers two medical programmes (4-year MBBS and 6-year MD) and four postgraduate degrees (Master in Family Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master in Health Services Administration and Doctorate in Medical Sciences)

The EMJMDPHID will be taught at the School of Medicine under the Department of Primary Care and Population Health. This is a young department that focuses on developing activities across the three academic pillars, namely education, research and community outreach. The educational activities include the delivery of postgraduate courses in the areas of Primary Care and Public Health. Research activities are diverse and include participation in local, European and international cutting edge projects through collaborations with partners in Cyprus, Europe, the USA and Israel. The department also runs a Mobile clinic that serves communities in remote villages, refugee camps and schools and aims to promote health through educational activities and opportunistic screening programmes.

Universidad de Oviedo

The Universidad de Oviedo founded in 1604 is one of the oldest academic institutions in Spain having recently celebrated its 400th anniversary. Today, the Universidad de Oviedo hosts more than 28,000 students and enjoys great prestige due to its teaching and research activities in the fields of humanities, law, social sciences, experimental sciences, health sciences, engineering and technical education. The Universidad de Oviedo will be in charge of the coordination of the EMJMDPHID.

In 2009 The Universidad de Oviedo was labelled as Campus of International Excellence by the Government of Spain. The CEI recognition was based on the “Ad Futurum” initiative, which objectives are fostering excellence in research, development and innovation, with special focus on Biomedicine & Health, and in which some of the teachers and researchers of the Department of Medicine are actively involved. In 2012 the University of Oviedo has been included by the University of Cambridge in the list of world excellence universities (The Guide to Excellence 2012 Edition. Global Education & Opportunities).

The EMJMDPHID will be taught at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the EMJMDPHID leading University department will be the Department of Medicine and its Emergency and Disaster Research Unit. The Emergency and Disaster Research Unit was created in 1995 by the Universidad de Oviedo Department of Medicine (Preventive Medicine and Public Health Division) to promote, develop research, teaching and technical support activities in Emergency Medicine and Public Health in disaster situations as well as its related fields. The Unit is in charge of the management of the Spanish National Disaster Database and is the only Spanish existing university research unit in the field of emergency and disasters. The Unit has a regular joint program of teaching and research activities with the Carlos III Health Institute (Spanish National School of Public Health and National Centre for Tropical Medicine) in Madrid and with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC-NCIPC) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.


Pedro Arcos | Rafael Castro – Universidad de Oviedo
Johan von Schreeb | Anneli Eriksson – Karolinska Institutet
Edna Yamasaki | Dr. Christiana Demetriou | Dr. Elena Critselis  –  University of Nicosia

The partner university in charge of the EMJMDPHID general coordination is the Universidad de Oviedo.

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