Earn a professional certificate in Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management at Georgia Tech!

Posted January 13, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

This May 9-14, 2016, the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (HHS) at Georgia Tech will again offer the 6-day intensive certificate program in Health & Humanitarian Supply Chain Management. The program consists of three courses (2 days each): 

All 3 courses must be taken to earn the certificate although courses may also be taken individually.

Course topics focus on logistics and supply-chain management related to a broad range of activities including preparing, responding to, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters, as well as ongoing humanitarian crises due to war, famine, infectious diseases, and chronic health problems. The blended delivery format includes pre-course reading assignments, in-class lectures, discussion, interactive games and group work.

The program's intensive format enables individuals traveling from outside of Atlanta and the U.S. the opportunity to earn the certificate from Georgia Tech in less than a week. Past course participants have come to to Atlanta from all over the globe, having lived and worked in over 76 countries with varying experience across the global health and humanitarian sectors. The program is designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, industry, and military who are active participants in humanitarian operations, including disaster response, long term development and public health operations; however, others have come from private sector logistics or other areas looking to break into global health or humanitarian work. 

Past course participants have praised the diverse group of experiences among their classmates and the opportunities to network with and learn from each other as well as the practical applications and group simulation activities which gave them new approaches to challenges in their areas of work. Amanda Paniagua, Shipments Manager at MedShare International Atlanta headquarters reflected: “The professors were exceptional and incredibly knowledgeable on all things supply chain. I also learned so much just from hearing other students share their experiences from the field in class.” Likewise, Kenny Onasanya, Procurement team lead for Crown Agents in Nigeria, emphasized the “scope of subjects covered, practical case studies in diverse sectors from health, education and other public sector projects.”

The “practical and interactive training” also helped practitioners such as Bob Muteeganda, Supply officer at the United Nations Ivory Coast, to “understand the theory behind practices in the industry.” He reflected: “I now feel well prepared to reorient my career to the health and humanitarian supply chain management sector.”

The HHS Center is fortunate to provide a limited number of scholarships for program participants which were made possible through the generosity of The UPS Foundation, Andrea L. Laliberte, Pete Quinones, and Richard E. and Charlene O. Zalesky. For more information about the scholarships or to sponsor students for scholarships in 2016, please visit: http://hhscenter.gatech.edu/. For more information about the program, visit: http://hhscenter.gatech.edu/professional-education or email: hhscenter@gatech.edu.