Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance

The Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance is open to masters and doctoral students enrolled in a degree program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health who are interested in working to improve the health of displaced populations and other vulnerable groups. Students will be able to:

  1. Assess an emergency situation to identify immediate and longer-term assistance needs and additional resources required.
  2. Identify specific health (including psychosocial and mental health) needs of affected populations; plan and implement activities to meet these needs; and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of assistance provided.
  3. Understand the principles of organization and administration of relief services in collaboration and cooperation with local and international agencies and organizations.
  4. Use epidemiologic skills to collect, analyze, and use information about natural and human-made disasters.
  5. Plan and implement disaster preparedness, response and mitigation activities.
  6. Identify disease outbreaks and to know how to contain them in a timely manner.
  7. Outline the basic requirements for a food and nutrition program for a disaster-affected population.
  8. Use the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human rights principles to understand the protection needs of displaced populations and to identify and document abuses.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 credits. While the certificate program length is flexible and varies from student to student, it must be completed within three years.

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