Research direct track procedure

Information and guidelines for thesis track students (continuing students- not thesis completion track)

Thesis performed in the context of the research track must be within a relevant field to emergency and disaster management. In any case, research topic must be approved by the supervisor and the school committee for master's degrees. The purpose of the thesis is to allow students to prove independent thinking, as well as the ability to collect data, analyze it and report findings.

  • An additional academic year is required to complete the thesis.
  • Students who apply for the thesis track may be required to complete a number of courses, such as advanced statistics, or courses needed to complete knowledge gaps relevant to the topic of their research.


Eligible to apply for the research track (thesis) are students who meet the prerequisites set forth in the Master's degrees committee's protocols:

  1. Average grade of at least 80 in classes taught in the first semester of the M.DM program; and
  2. Minimum grade of 80 in the following 1st semester courses:
    1. Introduction to epidemiology and research methods
    2. Statistics
    3. Scientific Writing


Applicants are required to submit the application form no later than February 20th, midnight:

  • Up-to-date resume
  • Declaration from the eligible intended supervisor regarding his/her consent to guide the candidate.
  • Two recommendations from academic faculty, indicating the candidate's potential for academic research.
  • Statement of Purpose which will include reference to the candidate's motivation to complete the thesis, field of research, presentation of the thesis subject in the field of emergency and disaster management, concise review of relevant literature, importance and innovation of the proposed research, and the candidate's preliminary general approach to methods of the study. The statement of intent will not exceed 1500 words and will be submitted in English.
  • It is possible to attach additional documents that demonstrate relevant academic and research abilities.

Students interest in performing their thesis on existing databases will be asked to meet additional requirements:

  • Take active part in designing the research, including in-depth review of the literature, consolidating objectives of the research, research hypotheses, setting methodology, defining the variables, inclusion/exclusion criteria, etc.

  • The thesis will be quantitative (qualitative thesis will NOT be approved), and will include using advanced statistical tools that fit research in the field of emergency and disaster management, such as multivariate regression analysis and adjustment for missing data.

  • The student must ensure access to the full database on which the study will be basing, as set forth in the research proposal. The student will prepare the file for statistical analysis and will perform the analysis independently while using statistical methods learned in the program. The student may use external statistical assistance for advanced analyses not taught in the program. The student will declare in writing that they have performed the analysis they are capable of doing themselves independently with the guidance of their supervision.

  • The student will monitor the quality of the data and their validity in the context of the research. The student will need to define variables that cannot be verified and validated and will report potential biases.

  • The student will independently phrase the principle findings and conclusions of the research.

  • The student will present a written consent from the director of the database to grant access to the data and to perform the proposed research.​


The scope of the thesis should fit a 12-month research period.


Thesis based solely on qualitative methods are not allowed.


Submission deadline for research proposals: by the end of the 2nd semester of enrollment year. Students failing to submit their proposal in time and were not granted permission for late submission will be automatically returned to the regular track by the end of the second semester.


Submission deadline for thesis: No later than a year following the year of enrollment. An extension of one year may be considered, pursuant to submission of a request details all the reasons for approval no later than the last week of the 2nd semester of the year following the year of enrollment.


Thesis to be submitted in Hebrew or English. It shall not surpass 80 pages, including all parts. The thesis will be judged by the Mater's degree committee, according to regular protocol on the School of Public Health. The thesis will be sent for external review. The student may be required to make correction to their thesis. The student will then be asked to defend their thesis orally.


The final grade for the thesis track will comprise of 40% course gradings and 60% thesis (broken down to 20% score by the supervisor, 20% score by external judgment, and 20% oral defense exam).


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