Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health

Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health

The picture of health is changing. Your chance to help the world’s most vulnerable starts here.

A pregnant woman receives essential perinatal care in Leyte, Philippines. 

Health professionals in the humanitarian sector are confronted with a more complex and diverse landscape than ever before. Conflicts are increasingly multi-facetted and natural disasters are escalating in number and intensity, often occurring in regions already struggling with poor health services and socio-economic and political constraints.

Humanitarian response teams include health experts – doctors, nurses, specialists in public health, nutrition, psychology, sexual and reproductive health, social inclusion, disability and medical logistics – but they are not necessarily trained to apply their skills in a complex humanitarian crisis. It’s critical that response teams have the right skills and training for immediate action.

We know there are gaps in health programs and interventions in humanitarian contexts relating to health service access, health assessments, coordination, accountability and health worker safety. Anecdotal evidence from our humanitarian sector partners confirms the need for improvements in the preparation of professionals to the challenges faced within these contexts. 

The Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health focusses on educating and up-skilling health professionals to prepare for deployment in the world’s most crisis-prone countries.

Course delivery

Delivered entirely online, the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health meets the educational needs of humanitarian health workers both in Australia and internationally. Consisting of four units across two trimesters, the course is developed by Deakin University‘s Faculty of Arts and Education (Centre for Humanitarian Leadership in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences) and the Faculty of Health.

Two-year-old Nash with his mother at a mobile health clinic in Sitio Bagang. Their house was destroyed by the typhoon on November 8, 2013.

Core Units

Health Units – 2 units selected from the following

Scholarship opportunities

The Humanitarian Health Scholarship is available for international students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health. The scholarship has been established as part of GlaxoSmithKline’s ‘Investment in Academia’ initiative to support access to ongoing education for students from economically disadvantaged and low resource environments. The Scholarship will pay 50% of the cost of each Unit to be studied up to a maximum of 4 units.

The Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health is the result of the partnership between Deakin University, Save the Children with the support of GlaxoSmithKline.

Apply Now

Visit Deakin University’s Course and Applicant Portal to apply.