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The Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Logistics Center now offers a Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program. Comprised of three courses, this executive learning program is designed for humanitarian relief practitioners who are seeking to build skills to improve decision making in preparedness, response, and system design. The next course, Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response, starts May 9.  For more information on the three course series, click here.
Sprays are used as a non-pharmaceutical intervention for malaria.Engineers Use Computer Models to Help Resource-Poor Nations Improve Allocation of Limited Health Care Resources

In the developing world, allocating limited health care resources as effectively and equitably as possible is a top priority. To address that need, systems engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using computer models to help resource-poor nations improve supply chain decisions related to the distribution of breast milk and non-pharmaceutical interventions for malaria. They are also forecasting what health care services would be available in the event of natural disasters in Caribbean nations. For more information, click here.

Georgia Tech and Emory Collaborate to Offer Predictive Health Track in M.S. Health Systems Degree

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University are partnering to offer a new master’s degree program track in predictive health that will prepare students to become leaders who can make a significant impact in the health sector for generations to come. The new track in predictive health will be within the existing Master of Science in Health Systems program, offered by the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The program, slated to begin in August 2012, consists of 30 semester hours that can be completed in one year. Click here to read more.

Özlem Ergun Works with Harvard Engineering Students to Develop Hurricane Response Plan
Co-directors for the Georgia Tech Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics Pinar Keskinocak and Özlem Ergun, along with their students at the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, have been developing a set of tools for prioritizing road clearance immediately after a disaster, efficient collection of the debris from the cleared areas, and debris disposal and recycling while minimizing short and long term societal and environmental effects. Ergun, who is also a visiting associate professor at Harvard, took this work to a group of Harvard students who were participating in the IACS Computational Challenge. To read more about this project, click here.
Julie Swann Collaborates with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Childhood Obesity Project
Julie Swann, along with her PhD assistant, Carlo Davila Payan, teamed up with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for a childhood wellness and obesity study.  For their research, the team performed statistical analysis to estimate the prevalence of overweight or obese children, between the ages of two and seventeen, across zip codes or census tracts in the state of Georgia.  With these findings, they hope to prioritize interventions geographically across the state, with a goal of ultimately reducing the prevalence of obese and overweight children.
2012 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics: Creating Sustainable Health and Humanitarian Systems

The 2012 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics: Creating Sustainable Health and Humanitarian Systems was held March 21-23, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The conference, which was initiated and organized by the Georgia Tech Health and Humanitarian Logistics Center since 2009, was hosted by The Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg, Germany, at the Curio-Haus this year. The conference was co-organized by the Georgia Tech Health and Humanitarian Logistics Center, the KLU-INSEAD Research Center on Humanitarian Logistics, and the Humanitarian Logistics Association.  For more details, visit the conference website here.

In honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28):  Online Tool provides means of educating individuals regarding vaccine recommendations and construct reliable immunization schedules quickly
Pinar Keskinocak and team worked with CDC to develop a tool to improve coverage against vaccine-preventable diseases for children and adults and to aid caretakers and providers in making vaccination decisions appropriately and in a timely manner. The “Catch-Up Immunization Scheduling for Children and Adolescentsprovides a means of educating individuals regarding vaccine recommendations and construct reliable immunization schedules quickly.  The Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler tool targeting children through age 6 is freely available at   For the Adult Immunization Scheduler visit For the Adolescent Catch-up Immunization Scheduler visit

Alumni Spotlight: Kristin Goin is one of the
2012 New Faces in Engineering

Kristin (Hermann) Goin, MS HS 2008, has been selected to be the Institute of Industrial Engineers representative for the 2012 New Faces of Engineering, a program that honors promising young engineers who are contributing greatly to society, thus promoting the image of engineering globally. As part of this recognition, Goin was featured in a USA Today advertisement during National Engineers Week February 19-25.  To read the spotlight in full, click here.

New Humanitarian Logistics Resource

HU is a newly launched multi-media information resource focused on providing humanitarian logistics professionals with current news, editorials, viewpoints, job postings, and events. Subscribe to HU's weekly E-News here. To visit HU's web site click here.

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