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Master of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health


Fully Online, Part time


2 ‒ 4 years

Credits required


The OPAL Scholarship

All students will be awarded
$460 per credit.

Approximate tuition after scholarship: $737/credit*

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An online, part-time degree providing advanced skills relevant to and focused on the field of humanitarian health. Specifically, the program addresses humanitarian emergency and disaster response planning and assessment, program management and leadership, and advocacy.

The Master of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health is a fully online degree program offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. Designed for working professionals interested in a graduate-level degree, the MAS in Humanitarian Health will focus on specialized education and research as well as practical skills needed for work in the humanitarian health field.  View the curriculum.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Competitive price point for tuition


The OPAL Scholarship - All students enrolled in an OPAL MAS or Certificate program will be awarded this scholarship. This scholarship provides a specific amount per academic credit each year, to be determined each spring when new tuition rates are published for the upcoming year. This scholarship is designated for tuition costs only and is disbursed incrementally for each credit taken towards required coursework. Your admission application also serves as your OPAL Scholarship application; therefore, no additional forms are required. For additional information regarding tuition, please review the Financial Aid and Tuition section of our OPAL Admissions page.

The MAS in Humanitarian Health does have additional scholarship funding available for eligible applicants from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Funding for this scholarship is offered by the Center for Humanitarian Health; please refer to their website for additional information regarding scholarship eligibility, and relevant deadlines for submission of applications.


Natural disasters, military conflicts and chronic poverty have left millions in need of humanitarian aid. Public health efforts to combat these events span every corner of the globe, each presenting their own set of challenges and opportunities. The Bloomberg School of Public Health is responding to the increasing demands for leadership and expertise in the field of humanitarian health.

The online Master of Applied Science in Humanitarian Health prepares future leaders to address the large-scale public health, science and health service challenges experienced in humanitarian and disaster settings. Students go on to fulfill vital roles as public health practitioners, researchers, program directors, scholars and policy makers.


Graduates gain necessary tools to adopt and adapt to the rapidly changing roles of the humanitarian professional and to support humanitarian organizations in service delivery, applied research and public health advocacy. The Humanitarian Health Master’s program focuses on both local and global issues, and prepares students to address public health problems through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge.


Interested in Humanitarian Health careers and what you can do with this degree? Check out the careers page.


Virtual Open House

Join us on Wednesday March 11th for a live Virtual Open House. We’ll be discussing our online Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Humanitarian Health. Take this opportunity to learn more about the program and how it can prepare you to safeguard public health in large-scale humanitarian and disaster relief settings around the world.

You'll have the chance to hear from one of our admissions officers and the Program Co-Director, Courtland Robinson, PhD, who will provide you with details about the program’s curriculum, admissions process and tuition and scholarship information. This will include information regarding new scholarship funding for applicants in Low and Middle Income Countries. They will also answer any questions you may have and tell you what to expect from these flexible, online graduate programs.

  • Date: March 11, 2020
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 PM EDT
  • To register for the event, click here.


Get In Touch

Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.

OPAL Program Office

  • Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd
    Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning
    Phone: (410) 502-2502
  • Paul Spiegel, MD
    Co-Director, MAS program in Humanitarian Health
    Phone: (410) 955-4059
  • Courtland Robinson, PhD
    Co-Director, MAS program in Humanitarian Health
    Phone: (410) 955-3892

Admissions Requirements

OPAL Programs are designed for working professionals. Find out how to apply, and expand your knowledge and career potential in one of these emerging industry sectors.

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Fall 2020 Deadlines

  • JULY 1, 2020
  • JULY 1, 2020

Deadline for all OPAL Programs is now July 1, 2020 to accommodate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting docs due July 8.

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Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

* Total tuition using rates for the 2019-2020 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.