Humanitarian Assistance


The Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance is intended for public health professionals, as well as other humanitarian aid providers, who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of the foundations and principles of humanitarian assistance, while providing mechanisms for putting that knowledge into practice. This certificate is designed to supplement and enhance the work related experiences of professionals who are serving those affected by humanitarian emergencies, either in the United States or abroad, while also providing a foundation for persons who wish to pursue such a career. The Certificate aims to engage students in critical thinking skills, enabling them to help develop more effective aid delivery systems.

The Certificate is also intended to enhance the leadership and management skills for public health professionals working with populations in need of humanitarian assistance, particularly international refugees and displaced populations. The curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature and scope and designed to develop and improve the skills of persons interested in providing emergency health services in humanitarian emergencies.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is fully online.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


Courses are sequenced. Each course listed below is the prerequisite for the one following it.


12 credit hours

  • PHC 6230 - Foundations of Humanitarian Assistance (3)
  • PHC 6231 - Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Actions (3)
  • PHC 6232 - From Emergency to Development and Prevention (3)
  • PHC 6233 - Current Challenges in the Humanitarian Field (3)



Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is four years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Anthony Masys, Ph.D., C.D.
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Thomas Unnasch, Ph.D
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