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Master of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health


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The Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Humanitarian Health curriculum is delivered entirely online and designed for working students. The part-time, 49-credit degree program consists of intensive graduate-level coursework culminating in the Integrative Activity, which requires students to synthesize knowledge and skills obtained through coursework in a final project that demonstrates their mastery of the program competencies. Students may complete the degree over a minimum of eight 8-week terms, in two years to a maximum of four years.

Courses reflect the breadth of global public health; online students are trained in epidemiology and biostatistics, form practical skills derived from workshops in professional development, and understand critical issues in the humanitarian and disaster fields.

Program Competencies

By the end of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate working knowledge of humanitarian architecture, including key organizations, international and UN systems, and sectors, including health; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); shelter; nutrition; food security; and protection.
  2. Demonstrate working knowledge of core humanitarian and human rights principles, treaty instruments, and codes of ethical conduct in humanitarian and disaster settings.
  3. Apply skills in assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and research relevant to humanitarian contexts—including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.
  4. Demonstrate basic skills in humanitarian health project design, planning and implementation, including awareness of appropriate interventions and how to contextualize them in operational settings.
  5. Critically assess and synthesize information, prioritize decisions and actions, and communicate these decisions and actions effectively.
  6. Demonstrate key management and leadership skills needed to function in humanitarian and disaster contexts, including developing and maintaining collaborative relationships, operating safely and effectively, adapting and coping, and maintaining professionalism and critical judgment.
  7. Utilize evidence generated from case studies to apply leadership and management skills, as well as program evaluation methods to inform decision-making in humanitarian and disaster settings.
  8. Synthesize skills and knowledge derived from the course in a service-learning project addressing a current problem or issue in the humanitarian and disaster fields.

Curriculum Structure

Academic YearAcademic TermCurriculum
Year 1 Curriculum
(24 Credits)
 Introduction to Online Learning (0 credits, required)

Academic and Research Ethics (0 credits, required)
Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies (4 credits)
Seminars in Public Health (2 credits)

2Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects (4 credits)
Disaster Preparedness (2 credits)
3Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
Water and Sanitation in Humanitarian Emergencies (2 credits)
4Statistical Concepts in Public Health 1 (3 credits)
Social and Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Programs (3 credits)
Year 2 Curriculum
(25 credits)

Assessment Approaches in Humanitarian Settings (3 credits)
Health Needs and Service Provision in Humanitarian Emergencies (3 credits)


Nutrition and Food Security in Humanitarian Settings (2 credits)
Leadership and Management in Humanitarian Settings (2 credits)
Ethics in Global Health Practice (2 credits)


Human Rights in Humanitarian Emergencies (2 credits)
Professional Development Workshop: Writing for Results (2 credits)
Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies (2 credits)


Non-Government Organizations' Administration of Global Health Programs (3 credits)
Integrative Activity (4 credits)





Introduction to Online Learning is a free, mandatory prerequisite for all online courses offered. It’s open to prospective students and designed to give a thorough view into what the online experience on CoursePlus will be like. It also prepares students and faculty for success on the first day of class since everyone is already acclimated to the technology. Introduction to Online Learning will allow students to:

The course takes between 1-4 hours to complete, depending on your skills working online. With the notable exception of one LiveTalk, you can do the class work on your own schedule. For details on the course, including assignments and requirements for completion, please see the Syllabus page.

Ready to test-drive online courses at JHSPH? Register for this class. You can take this free course at any point before or during the application process!


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