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Inventory Management and Resource Allocation in Supply Chains

Special Note

This course is offered in a hybrid format with content presented both in the classroom and online (before, during or after the classroom meetings). Registrants must complete an online pre-course prior to attending the classroom course. Click here for information about the online pre-course.

For course-related questions, please email the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems.

Please note that all three (3) courses that comprise the Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate are typically offered the second week of May. The course for 2020, however, has been transitioned to a virtual format and will be taught by LIVE video instruction similar to the experience you would receive in person with the same interactive components. Each course will run for 1-week Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 1:00pm EST each day.​​​​​​ 

The 2020 Virtual Program will also be offered at a reduced cost of $4,200 (originally $6,000). Courses taken individually (not the full 3 course program) will be $1800 each rather than the original fee of $2400.

Course Description

Many Supply Chain decisions are concerned with the timely and efficient procurement, allocation, and distribution of resources (e.g. funds, supplies, volunteers, money, employees) through a supply chain network. This course will explore methodologies for “medium term” decision making including procurement and inventory policies, strategies for distribution and allocation of limited resources, and supply chain design.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for representatives from governmental or non-governmental organizations, private corporations, military, and foundations, including but not limited to senior executives overseeing administrative and operational functions of an organization, logistics and supply chain managers, program managers, directors of field operations, directors of emergency/disaster preparedness and response, and public health professionals.

How You Will Benefit

  • Provide immediate impact to your organization through applied and real-world case studies.
  • Learn to bring NGOs, businesses, or government entities together to enhance collaboration, cooperation, and communication.
  • Discover current trends and procedures to help your organization and team members get and stay ahead of the curve.

What Is Covered

  • Procurement decisions
  • Inventory management techniques for a single event versus ongoing operations under uncertainty
  • Strategies for resource allocation geographically and over time
Pre-Course Activities (2.5 hrs) - Online via GTPE platform
Pre-Course Activities - Conducted online via GTPE online platform
  • Game Theory/Incentives- “Game Theory in Supply Chain,” on Game Theory and SCM – 2 hours
  • System Dynamics- “System Dynamics” pre-reading and VenSim SARS data – 2 hours

NOTE: Pre-course activities will conducted online using the CANVAS online learning management system. Access instructions will be provided to registrants when details become available.

**Online class format (4 days) - Online GTPE platform
Classroom Activities (2 days) - Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

Course Materials


  • Readings, case studies, spreadsheet files and lecture slides


  • Laptop with Microsoft Excel and wi-fi capability

Course Prerequisite and Related Certificate Information

For those interested in earning the Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management Certificate, this course is the second of the three-course certificate program. To earn the certificate, participants must register and complete the following courses within three years:

  1. Responsive Supply Chain Design and Operations
  2. Inventory Management and Resource Allocation in Supply Chains
  3. Systems Operations and Strategic Interactions in Supply Chains

The Georgia Tech Health and Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program is an executive education program designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, industry, and the military who are active participants in health and humanitarian sectors. The courses are developed for practitioners seeking to build skills to improve decision making in preparedness, response operations planning, and system design. Courses include many interactive components, such as case studies and games, which help professionals in the humanitarian world to link the challenges and decision-making tradeoffs they face in practice with the systematic approaches, tools, and techniques presented.

Course CEUs

This course provides for 1.40 continuing education units (CEUs).

Course Instructors

Course Fees

Standard: $2,400.00, Alumni/Org Discount: $1,800.00, Certificate: $1,400.00 (cost of each course when signing up for and paying for a multi-course certificate program).

First time attendees pay the listed course fee. If you are a returning student of our courses, you will receive a 10% discount. Contact us to receive the discount code to enter at checkout.

There are discounts available for multiple-team member registrations, and to members of certain organizations. Discounts cannot be combined. To inquire about discounts, call 404-385-8663 or contact us, prior to registering.

The program fee for LIVE courses (non-online) includes continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks, at least one dinner during the week with the cohort, parking, internet access, and all classroom materials.

If we must cancel a program, registrants will receive a full refund. Georgia Tech, however, cannot assume the responsibility for other costs incurred. Due to program enrollment limits, early registration is encouraged. Registrations will be acknowledged by a letter of confirmation from Professional Education.

Course Times

Online Course Times:

Each course will run for 1-week Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 1:00pm EST each day.

In Person Course:

On the first day, please check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Morning session (8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Lunch (12:30pm-1:30pm)
  • Afternoon session (1:30pam-5:00pm)