Our Courses

The Humanitarian Leadership Programme / Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership

The Humanitarian Leadership Programme is a uniquely intensive and challenging leadership programme designed specifically for humanitarians.

In 2011 Deakin University and Save the Children joined forces to design and deliver a Humanitarian Leadership Programme (HLP) which is now recognised by our partners and students as the best programme of its type globally.  Since its inception, the has course reached more than 350 students from over 55 countries and working for 50 different aid organisations including government, United Nations, non-government and community-based organisations.

It is a comprehensive eight-month course designed by an expert group of humanitarians, academics and leadership development specialists to transform the leadership offered by humanitarians and their organisations.  This programme is designed to challenge you intellectually and emotionally, enhance your understanding of the humanitarian system, and support you in developing the skills required for leading others in some of the most challenging and complex contexts.

The HLP is an award programme and graduates are awarded the Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership (GCHL) from Deakin University. Students who successfully complete the course join a growing alumni of humanitarian leaders who represent the vanguard of change in the humanitarian sector.

For more information about the HLP/GCHL visit www.humanitarianleaders.org

Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health

The Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health (GCHH) provides an academic avenue to prepare health professionals for practice in the field of humanitarian health.

The environment in which health professionals in the humanitarian sector find themselves today is more complex and diverse than ever. 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. Currently, there is a gap in addressing the needs of children and adults impacted by humanitarian crises, especially in a time of growing need.

The GCHH will equip health professionals with the essential knowledge and skills to manage the public and clinical health needs/issues that emerge in complex humanitarian response contexts and other low resource environments. 

The GCHH is a result of the partnership between Deakin University and Save the Children with the support of GlaxoSmithKline. Graduates are awarded a Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health from Deakin University. 

We would like to invite suitably qualified nurses, midwives and doctors to apply for the course.
More information about the GCHH can be found at deakin.edu.au/humanitarian-health or download the programme flyer here.

Master of Humanitarian Assistance

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance (MHA) provides the opportunity for those working in, or wishing to work in, the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification.

The MHA at Deakin University is the first course of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using interactive online education (cloud learning) and intensive, residential, practice-based units. This, combined with action-based research in the field, will enable you to be an effective and highly skilled worker in the sector, both in Australia and internationally.

Drawing on the Centre’s organisational partnerships, you will have access to humanitarian experts, leaders, thinkers and researchers from around the world.  You will also be able to capitalise on the Centre’s strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, government agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other relevant participants in the sector.

Graduates are awarded a Master of Humanitarian Assistance from Deakin University. More information about the MHA can be found at deakin.edu.au/humanitarian-assistance 

Massive Open Online Course – Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free, 12-week course open to the general public and anyone interested in understanding more about the humanitarian sector.

The MOOC introduces participants to the history of humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance, and the actors and the systems in which responses to natural and human-induced disasters such as conflict take place.  It explores the complexities of working in the global humanitarian field and examines the ethical challenges of disaster and emergency response.

The course includes an online simulation in Lolesia, a fictional country suffering from economic stagnation and oppressive rule.  The simulation actively tests participants’ humanitarian response strategies.

Course participants learn from expert commentary and interviews with humanitarian practitioners and academics from around the globe.  Participants are encouraged to network online, and to challenge and question each other’s ideas.

More information about the MOOC can be found at deakin.edu.au/humanitarian-assistance