Humanitarian Studies, Ethics and Human Rights (HuSEHR) Concentration at Harvard School of Public Health

For prospective HSPH students interested in research and operational leadership in humanitarian response --

The Interdisciplinary Concentration in Humanitarian Studies, Ethics and Human Rights (HuSEHR) provides an organized program of study that focuses on the normative underpinnings and practice of humanitarian response and human rights. The curriculum covers a broad range of areas including:

  • civilian protection
  • international humanitarian law
  • human rights
  • disaster response
  • coordinated aid
  • crisis dynamics
  • sector-based assistance
  • health and human security of internally displaced people
  • geopolitical context
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • strategic planning
  • situation analysis
  • ethics and standards

Upon successful completion of the concentration, students will be prepared to assume research, leadership and managerial roles within the humanitarian and human rights global community.

More information on the concentration can be found here.



Humanitarian Response Intensive Course

This twelve-day training offers practical training in the complex issues and field skills needed to engage in humanitarian work. Students will gain familiarity with the concepts and international standards for humanitarian response through interaction with faculty experts and experienced humanitarian practitioners. While providing a solid theoretical foundation, the course will focus on practical skills such as conducting rapid assessments, ensuring field security, and interacting with aid agencies, the military, and the media during humanitarian crises. Participants will work within learning teams throughout the course to devise a project in response to an in-depth case study and ultimately participate in a three-day field based simulation designed to emulate a complex humanitarian emergency in a remote off site location. For more information, click here.



innovative education and training in the theory and practice of effective humanitarian action

Launched in May 2012, the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard is dedicated to educating and training current and future generations of humanitarian leaders in the areas of human rights, disaster response, humanitarian service delivery, crisis leadership, and ethical and other dimensions of humanitarian studies. The Academy aims to create a professional pathway for students and practitioners of all levels in the humanitarian space and to serve as a prototype for other academic centers of excellence in humanitarian education.  

The Academy is affiliated with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and works across disciplines at Harvard and with humanitarian organizations (governmental, non-governmental, community-based) within the sector.