Humanitarian responses to natural hazards and human-made disasters in low- and middle-income countries have historically involved an enormous influx of funding, personnel and supplies prior to or immediately following the onset of the disaster.
Many experts agree that these humanitarian responses have not been as effective as they could be, and that tremendous opportunities exist for strengthening the prevention of and response to emergencies.
The growing number of these emergencies creates a pressing need for a more broadly trained workforce of humanitarian professionals who are ready to respond. In response, the University of Washington Population Health Initiative offers a Graduate Certificate in International Humanitarian Response through the UW’s Graduate School.
This certificate is intended to train an interdisciplinary group of UW graduate and professional students to become that next generation of leaders in international humanitarian response.