Requirements for the CHE Certificate include completion of:

  • 2 Core Classes in humanitarian emergency response
  • One advanced Methods class
  • 6 credit hours in approved electives
  • Research or Practicum component
  • Event or volunteer participation

Core Classes

Students are required to take the following three core courses:

GH 512 (2 credits) required

Health in Humanitarian Emergencies.

*5 day class January break, year one

GH 510 (2 credits) required

Epidemiologic Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies.

*5 day class over Spring Break

GH 538 (2 credits) highly recommended

Food and Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies.

*Five day class January break, year two

Advanced Methods Class Requirement

Students must select one class from the list below:

BIOS 501: Statistical Methods II

EPI 534: Epidemiologic Methods II

EPI 591U: Application of EPI Concepts


Students are required to complete 6 credit hours of approved elective courses.

All classes must be taken for a grade UNLESS an approved elective is only offered S/U. Only 1 S/U class is permitted as part of the electives and only if it is not offered for a grade.

Research or Practicum

Students must complete EITHER a research OR practicum component as part of this certificate and should confer with their ADAP or faculty advisor when deciding which option is best fits the student's needs.


There are two ways to fulfill your research component:

  • Your thesis addresses a substantive humanitarian emergency topic.
  • You write a 10-12 page research paper on a humanitarian issue. This paper can be as part of a class requirement or one specifically written to fulfill this requirement.


The practicum component is met through completing a service-learning internship in a setting or topic relevant to emergencies (i.e. WASH, Maternal Health, Malaria). It is possible that your RSPH practicum could also meet the CHE requirement just so as it is in a relevant setting.

Event or Volunteer Participation

Students are required to participate in five CHE-related events (i.e. seminars/trainings) or 15 hours of CHE-related volunteer work. You can seek out events through RSPH organizations (i.e. SORT) or local agencies and organizations such as The Carter Center.

Volunteer opportunities are available with the following organizations:

Refugee Family Services