Master of Public Health (MPH) Concentration

The MPH concentration in Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance is provided for full-time and part-time MPH students and focuses on health of populations in crisis, internationally and domestically.  These include refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), populations affected by natural and human-made disasters, survivors of human rights abuse, and survivors of human trafficking.  The coursework will focus on why populations become vulnerable and the health issues they face. Emphasis will be on gaining expertise in methods to assess needs and provide assistance to displaced populations and other vulnerable groups. Students will be able to:

  1. Develop appropriate public health care responses for refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable populations in humanitarian settings.
  2. Measure health and demographic indicators in crisis settings.
  3. Plan food, water, and sanitation programs for displaced populations.
  4. Implement and monitor humanitarian assistance programs.
  5. Identify, protect, and advocate for vulnerable groups.

The minimum number of academic units needed to complete the concentration requirements over and above the MPH core requirements is eighteen (18) credits.

For more information about the Concentration in Humanitarian Assistance and to see a list of course offerings, please click here


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