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International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance

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The International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA), the flagship program of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, equips mid-career professionals to drive the humanitarian sector of the future in a more effective, sustainable, and dignified direction. Students will also develop a holistic perspective on global humanitarian issues to propel them to the next level in their careers, helping them create positive social change both in and out of the field.

For over 20 years, the intensive, four-week residential training of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) has welcomed thousands of humanitarian workers in cities around the world – from Kathmandu to Amman, New York to Geneva. Unique among other academic trainings of its kind, the IDHA emphasizes cultural diversity, cooperation and teamwork. Students join a cohort of diverse and highly qualified aid and development professionals from all over the world.

Directed by alumni practitioners, the IDHA centers around the Ignatian principle of being men and women for others by enhancing students’ knowledge and skills in complex emergency and protracted crisis intervention. Students are also encouraged to critically examine global humanitarian processes in order to identify necessary reforms in both the public and private sectors.

Learning Goals

Graduates of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance will gain:

  • Extensive insight to the needs of people affected by conflict, disaster, and displacement
  • Skills in facilitating cooperation and dialogue between international, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies
  • Awareness and understanding essential for effective service in emergency and protracted humanitarian crises
  • Opportunities to collaborate and network with colleagues working for diverse range of international, governmental, and nongovernmental humanitarian agencies
  • Tools to evaluate interventions and identify examples of good practice; and methods for anticipating and preventing humanitarian crises

Program Highlights

  • Students receive lectures from world-renowned humanitarian experts
  • Presentations, debates, case studies, practical exercises, and scenarios allow for collaborative learning opportunities in a cohort of field-experienced humanitarians
  • Covers a full range of disciplines involved in humanitarian response, including: management, logistics, health, psychology, social sciences, anthropology, communication, agriculture, environment, education, conflict resolution, international law, civil/military relations, security, media, politics, and economics
  • Upon completion, graduates will receive eight graduate-level credits accepted toward the Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action, or potentially their studies at other academic institutions

Информация об оплате

Course cost of U.S. $6,000 includes tuition, course materials, lodging, and weekday meals. Transportation costs are not included. Fall and Spring IDHAs are subject to university fees.

Как зарегистрироваться

To apply to the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA):

  • Create an application
  • Select "Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs"
  • Select International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance
  • Select and IDHA Session

Course Application and Registration Inquiries

Ellen Bratina International Programs Officer, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University miha@fordham.edu