Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

international diploma in Operational Humanitarian Assistance (IDOHA)

The following courses are required for the IDOHA module of the MIHA.  If interested in pursuing the MIHA, please apply here.

For those not enrolled in the MIHA, but interested in attending our courses, each course may also be taken individually, as a stand-alone course and apart from the Masters.

Students can take each of our one-week courses for academic credit, or they can choose to receive no academic credit for their participation.

For those who wish to receive academic credit, the cost remains the same discounted rate of $1,893.00 US Dollars. Upon successful completion of the program participants are entitled to two academic credits through Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  These credits are accepted towards our Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action, if you choose to apply at a later time, and maybe to other academic institutions.  Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due roughly one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Course Director.

For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the cost has been reduced to $913 US Dollars.  Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for the program but will receive no formal academic recognition.

The choice must be made before the course begins and cannot be upgraded at a later date.

The program cost includes the tuition and coffee breaks. It does not include accommodation, meals, or transportation costs.

How to Apply

In response to requests for a more manageable application process, we have made the following administrative changes:

For students who are interested in taking a course as a stand-alone course, please submit the following at the time of application:
  • New Student Application
  • Resume
  • Please indicate which course you are interested in attending
  • Please specify if you wish to receive academic credit for this course
  • Most recent college or university transcript (for academic credit students only).  For students who are not seeking academic credit, submission of your academic transcripts is voluntary, however, it will allow for faster processing of your application.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Kindly submit all materials to .

If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra DeBlock at 212-636-7646 or .

Required Courses

Humanitarian Logistics
2 credits

Logistics is one of the most critical components of successful humanitarian assistance. Delivering the right assistance to the right beneficiaries at the right time requires both skills and an understanding of the supply chain. Logisticians must continually add to their knowledge and learn the latest best practices in the field. This course explains logistics, explores the ways that logistics can affect humanitarian support, and gives students an opportunity to analyze case studies and develop methods for improving delivery of support.

Community Participation in Emergency Response
2 credits
The humanitarian aid community must cooperate with the national authorities to build or rehabilitate the basic infrastructure needed for access, shelter and the provision of life-sustaining services. This work often has to be carried out on an emergency basis in far from ideal circumstances. This course offers advanced knowledge of the technical requirements for the infrastructure needed in humanitarian emergencies. Students are exposed to vital managerial decisions they must consider as they supervise teams of technical experts. After implementing immediate infrastructure needs, humanitarian agencies are responsble for providing a range of basic services until either the service is no longer required, the population has returned to its place of origin, or governmental agencies develop the means and manpower to provide the services. This phase is often known as “care and maintenance”. Students acquire a clear understanding of the implications of these “open ended commitments” to a population and potential exit strategies.

Humanitarian NegotiatioN
2 credits
Many humanitarian aid professionals believe that negotiation is perhaps the activity in which they spend most of their time in both field and headquarters situations. Almost everything that humanitarian workers need to achieve has to be negotiated with donors, host governments, local structures, communities, beneficiaries, other humanitarian agencies and their own staff. This course gives students an understanding of negotiation theory as well as practical historical and current applications. It examines all types of negotiations, from roadblocks and negotiations in situ for access to negotiations for peace agreements far from the conflict. Theoretical lectures are supported with group scenario-based exercises.

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
33 West 60th St., Suite 804 New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212 636 6294 Fax: 212 636 7060 Email:

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