College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Humanitarian Assistance (Online Graduate Certificate)

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 that wish to pursue such as 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.

Required Courses

Twelve (12) credit hours are required for completion of this Certificate.

Required (12 credits) Courses are sequenced. Each required course listed below is the prerequisite for the one following it.

    • 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)

The applicant must document that s/he has the graduate-level knowledge required to enroll in the certificate courses. In addition, the applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Application Process for Enrollment
Call the Graduate Certificate Office at (813) 974-2442 or visit their website at to download an application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  • Official transcripts showing attainment of the bachelor's degree if from other than USF. International applicants must provide original transcripts certified as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • A 250-word letter of interest stating why you wish to pursue this course of study
  • A resume

Standardized Test Requirements
There are no specific test requirements.

Application of Certificate Courses Toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 credit hours may be applied contingent upon departmental approval.

Registration Process for Individual Courses
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to , the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow directions given on-line.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
The certificate must be completed in four years.

Tuition and fees: Standard graduate tuition rates and fees apply for graduate students who also pursue this graduate certificate and for non-degree graduate certificate students taking these courses on campus. Please visit for tuition information.

Course location/delivery
This certificate is fully online.

Department contact information
Wayne Westhoff, Ph.D. 813-974-6621 or
Boo Kwa, Ph.D. 813-974-6635 or

New Student Advisor
Pre-Admission Counseling and Advising (813) 974-6505 or 888-USF-COPH or

Special Notes

•  This graduate certificate does not require that you submit GRE scores with your application
•  You may apply and/or enroll any semester as a certificate student.

USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612-3805
Toll Free 888-USF-COPH (press 1 for Student Advising)

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