Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

international diploma in Humanitarian Leadership (IDHL)

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

For those not enrolled in the MIHA, Disaster Management and Strategic Issues are the only two below courses which may be taken individually, as stand-alone courses 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

Disaster management training course
2 credits

Although disasters cannot be completely avoided, they can be foreseen and planned for.  Appropriate measures can be taken to reduce the risk of potential disasters and to minimize their impact with well-prepared responses when disasters do occur. Case study work introduces students to past disasters and crises. In addition to analyzing past mistakes, students are given a clear understanding of disaster management and risk reduction strategies. Students learn how to work with operational and planning teams at all levels, from local to international, and to understand the practical levels of preparedness that can be achieved and maintained. Students also gain the ability to critically appraise existing plans and provide reasoned and well-founded recommendations for improvement.

Strategic Issues in Humanitarian Affairs
2 credits
The theory and practice of humanitarianism continuously evolves in response to changes in the international political and economic environment and ongoing evaluation of humanitarian efforts. This course explores humanitarian affairs throughout the past century as a base for evaluating recent developments that will play a vital role in shaping humanitarian action in the future. High-level representatives from the political, international, military, religious, medical, legal and academic sectors contribute to lectures and discussions. Students discuss and develop strategies for responding to and mitigating complex emergencies.

MA Thesis Research I AND II
2 credits each
Students should develop a thesis topic with a Fordham faculty advisor and a reader who has significant practical experience in humanitarian affairs, ideally during the IDOHA module. This project is the culminating demonstration of the knowledge and skill gained throughout the MIHA coursework. The thesis will focus on practical examples of past mistakes, contributing possible solutions to the existing literature. The research methods necessary to writing the thesis are taught within the context of each module. Thesis projects should incorporate learning from previous IDHL courses, followed by final editing, defense and approval.

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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