This certificate program focuses on humanitarian assistance in the international health context. The program is a major educational activity of the Center for Humanitarian Health. 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:
- Assess an emergency situation to identify immediate and longer-term assistance needs and additional resources required.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use epidemiologic skills to collect, analyze, and use information about natural and man-made disasters.
- Plan and implement disaster preparedness, response and mitigation activities.
- Identify disease outbreaks and to know how to contain them in a timely manner.
- Know the public health consequences of natural disasters and their management.
- Outline the basic requirements for a food and nutrition program for a disaster-affected population.
- 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.
- Have a basic understanding of the political environment and use this to explain the various forces that affect population displacement.
The certificate program 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. MAS degree students are not eligible to apply. 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.
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 program 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 should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program 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 prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|Course No.||Course Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study
|221.613||Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies||3||-||1|
|221.639||Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies||3||1||2|
|Seminar in Humanitarian Health||2||-||1,2,3 &4|
|Core Electives: Students must take at least one course|
|180.670||Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness||3||-||4|
|221.611||Food/Nutrition and Livelihood in Humanitarian Emergencies||2||-||4|
|221.641||Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies||2||-||2|
|Other Elective Courses: Students must complete courses listed below to attain a total of 18 certificate credits. Courses are organized in tracks, but students may opt to select courses from a single track to develop a more focused topical or methodological area of expertise or can select courses from across tracks, as desired.|
|180.623||Infectious Disease Threats to Global Health Security||3||3|
|221.627||Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low-Income Countries||4||-||2|
|221.643||Armed Conflict and Health||2||-||3|
|221.661||Project Development for Primary Health Care in Developing Countries||4||-||4|
|380.750||Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships||3||-||3|
|380.765||Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children||3||4||-|
|Mental Health Track|
|221.634||Stress Management for Relief Workers||2||-||3|
|221.642||Mental Health Aspects of Disaster: Public Health Preparedness and Response||2||-||4|
|224.694||Mental Health Intervention Programming in Low and Middle-Income Countries||3||-||3|
|330.620||Issues in Mental Health Research in Developing Countries||3||2||2|
|330.680||Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Mental Disorders in Low and Middle-Income Countries||3||4||4|
|180.620||Food Systems and Public Health||4||2||-|
|700.640||Nutrition Ethics and Policy||3||-||4|
|Water and Sanitation Track|
|182.626||Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health||2||-||3|
|182.640||Food and Water Borne Diseases||3||-||3|
|Climate Change and Preparedness Track|
|180.607||Climate Change and Public Health||3||S||-|
|180.611||The Global Environment, Climate Change, and Public Health||4||-||1|
|Human Rights Track|
|340.639||Assessing Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations||2||-||4|
|340.683||Human Rights in Public Health Practice||2||-||3|
|380.663||Gender-Based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies||3||-||3|
|Management and Leadership Track|
|221.602||Applications in Managing Health Organizations in Low and Middle Income Countries||3||-||1|
|221.608||Managing Non-Governmental Organizations in the Health Sector||3||-||3|
|221.614||International Political Science for PH Practitioners||2||-||2|
|380.681||Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries||4||-||2|
|Qualitative Methods Track|
|224.690||Qualitative Research Theory and Methods||3||-||3|
|410.631||Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods||3||-||2|
|410.710||Concepts in Qualitative Research for Social and Behavioral Sciences||3||-||2|
|410.712||Theory and Practice in Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation for the Social and Behavioral Sciences||3||-||3|
|Quantitative Methods Track|
|140.640||Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys||3||-||3|
|223.664||Design and Conduct of Community Trials||4||-||3|
|223.690||The Design and Analysis of Cluster Randomized Trials||2||-||4|
|340.717||Health Survey Research Methods||4||-||2|
|340.765||Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Epidemiologic Intelligence and Population Health Assessments||2||-||4|
|340.770||Public Health Surveillance||3||-||2|
|Monitoring and Evaluation Track|
|140.630||Introduction to Data Management||3||-||2|
|380.611||Fundamentals of Program Evaluation||4||-||3|
|380.612||Application in Program Monitoring and Evaluation||4||-||4|
|Spatial Analysis Track|
|340.696||Spatial Analysis I:ARCGIS||3||-||1|
|340.697||Spatial Analysis II: Spatial Data Technologies||2||-||2|
Faculty Sponsor and Contact Person for the Certificate Program
Name Gilbert Burnham
Name Courtland Robinson
Gainful Employment Program Information
At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.