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Humanitarian Assistance

Educational Objectives

This certificate program focuses on humanitarian assistance in the international health context. The program is a major educational activity of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. The Center receives technical assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross,the Pan American Health Organization, the UN High Commission for Refugees,and various humanitarian agencies and organizations. Graduates 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 populations affected; 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 non-governmental organizations, host governments, military forces and United Nations agencies.
  4. Use epidemiologic skills to collect, analyze, and use information about natural and man-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. Know the public health consequences of natural disasters and their management.
  8. Outline the basic requirements for a food and nutrition program for a disaster-affected population.
  9. 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.
  10. Have a basic understanding of the political environment and use this to explain the various forces that affect population displacement.
     

Eligibility

The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in a degree program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health who may be working to improve the health of displaced populations in the future. MPH students who have a major career interest in humanitarian emergencies and human rights are encouraged to pursue the MPH Health in Crisis concentration. The concentration is more extensive and includes a seminar and regular discussion opportunities.

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in all certificate courses is required. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion after completing all of the certificate requirements. The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar. In addition, students completing the certificate must submit this form via e-mail to the certificate faculty sponsor.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the course is offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.  

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

01,2,3,4,Summer-
550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study

01,2,3,4,Summer-
Required Courses
221.613Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies2-4
221.639Refugee Health Care312
221.611Food Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies2-4
221.641Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies2-2
Elective Courses: Students must take at least nine credits from the courses listed below
340.639Assessing Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations2-4
221.634Stress Management for Relief Workers2-3
221.640Children in Crisis3-4
221.642Mental Health Aspects of Disaster: Public Health Preparedness and Response2-4
221.643Armed Conflict and Health2-3
221.661Project Development for Primary Health Care in Developing Countries4-4
221.614International Political Science for Public Health Practioners2-2
182.626Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health2-3
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies444
221.627Issues in Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low-Income Countries (2nd term)4-2

Sponsoring department  

International Health

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Gilbert Burnham
Phone (410) 955-7934
Email gburnha1@jhmi.edu


Gainful Employment Program Information

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