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Humanitarian Health Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Humanitarian Health Certificate Program

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.

Educational Objectives:

  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.

Curriculum for the Humanitarian Health Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

The certificate program is only open to master's 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*; it is not open to graduate students in other JHU divisions. MAS degree students are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must submit the declaration of intent form and select "Humanitarian Health" prior to starting coursework.

Eligible Start Terms:

Summer, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

*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.

Non-Degree Students

This certificate program is only open to individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sponsoring Department
International Health

Certificate Program Contact
Gilbert Burnham

Faculty Co-Sponsors
Gilbert Burnham
Courtland Robinson