Professional Education Course

Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response

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Course Title: Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response
Program ID: LOG 5002P Subjects: Healthcare, Humanitarian Logistics, Supply Chain Management


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Important Course Information

This course is offered in a blended format with content presented both online and face-to-face.

View Online Pre-Course Activities
(LOG 5102)
View Onsite Classroom Activities
(LOG 5002)

Course Description

Numerous tactical decisions must be made in the response to a public health or humanitarian event. Many of these decisions are concerned with the timely and efficient procurement, allocation, and distribution of resources (e.g. funds, supplies, volunteers) through a supply chain. This course will explore methodologies for tactical decision making including procurement and inventory policies, strategies for distribution and allocation of limited resources, and transportation decisions.

Who Should Attend

  • Tactical & strategic members of Non-governmental organizations
  • Private corporations involved in the humanitarian relief efforts
  • US Federal government employees
  • US State or local government employees
  • Humanitarian Foundation members
  • TITLES: Program Managers, Director of Field Operations, Disaster Relief Manager, Director of Logistics & Inventory, Logistics Officers

How You Will Benefit

As a participant, you will learn to:

  • Optimize procurement decisions considering key factors affecting inventory policies such as lead time, variability, and product type (e.g., perishable goods).
  • Compare and contrast inventory techniques for a single event versus ongoing operations.
  • Evaluate resource allocation tradeoffs in response to a health or humanitarian crisis and develop policies for the allocation of scarce resources in alignment with the supply chain network.
  • Develop resource allocation and transportation strategies in alignment with the supply chain network structure.
  • Develop strategies for allocating funds incorporating the interdependencies of decisions across time and space.
  • Provide immediate impact to their organization through learnings gained from applied and real-world case studies
  • Learn to bring NGOs, businesses, and/or government entities together to enhance collaboration, cooperation, and communication
  • Discover current trends and procedures to help their organizations and team members get ahead and stay ahead of the curve
  • Build a critical knowledge base to make tactical decisions around inventory, routing, and distribution
  • Deliver best-practices to measure and evaluate outcomes of humanitarian relief efforts
  • Ultimately transform the humanitarian sector with increased capacity to participate in planning and strategic decision-making for effective supply chain management

Course Materials

  • Participants receive readings, case studies, spreadsheet files, and lecture slides.
  • Participants should each bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel and wi-fi capability.

Course Administrator

Pinar Keskinocak

Course Agenda

PRE-COURSE ACTIVITIES (Conducted online)
Inventory 2 hours
Malaria game 1 hour
Day 1: Inventory
Day 2: Network Design and Resource Allocation and Game

Expected time for Pre-Course Activities total:  3 hours

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

Certificate Information

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