University-Level Education and Training Initiatives on Disaster Management in Turkey

Kozyel M., ÇALIŞKAN C., KOÇAK H., Sarı B.

1st Middle East Congress on Disaster and Prehospital Management, İstanbul, Turkey, 8 - 11 October 2017, pp.89

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.89
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose: Since disaster education and training activities are vital to reducing disaster-related adverse events in the community, they are the cornerstone of disaster preparedness. Because Hyogo and Sendai Frames propose the processing of disaster issues within the curricula of education, it is aimed to train specialists who are familiar with the practices in this area and who can work with other authorities. In this line of work, university departments in Turkey that have academic degrees related to disaster management have been researched.

Method: The data of the descriptive epidemiological study was obtained through the Google search engine with the words "disaster, disaster management, associate degree, undergraduate, graduate" in Turkish. Descriptive statistics of relevant departments were given in the survey in terms of "diploma level, education method, core disciplines, curriculum design, target audience, university type and program content".

Findings:  In the research, 33 disaster education and training departments were identified in the direction of web based scans. 30 % (f=10) of the departments are associate degree, 45, 5 % strategic level, 42, 4 % (f=14) multidisciplinary and 66, 7 % (f=22) of them are health based. All of the departments are provided with Turkish and academic credit system ECTS.

Conclusion: There are 33 disaster education and training programs in Turkey. They are training at most associate degree level; target level is strategic level, program definition is multidisciplinary and Turkish language. Specific core competencies can be created for disaster management professionals from different areas by evaluating the adequacy of these programs for their own educational and training objectives.