Professional Education Subject

Humanitarian Logistics

Humanitarian Logistics encompasses a broad range of activities related to preparing, responding to, and recovery from natural and man-made disasters as well as ongoing Humanitarian crises due to war, famine, and infectious diseases. In Humanitarian organizations, inefficiencies in preparation, response, or recovery can result in unintended consequences, including the loss of lives. These challenging logistics and supply chain management problems require specific knowledge and training for effective action in Humanitarian operations.

Courses In This Subject

  • Pre-planning Strategy for Health and Humanitarian Organizations (LOG 5001P)

    Response requirements for public health and humanitarian events are in general both unknown in size and type, and are affected by dynamic and hard to measure factors such as geographic location, local economy, infrastructure, social and political conditions, etc. This course will examine methods and models for making pre-planning decisions and explore the significant value that is obtained through informed decision-making in advance of an unpredictable event.

  • Systems Operations in Health and Humanitarian Response (LOG 5003P)

    This course will focus on conceptual and modeling skills to understand and effectively manage humanitarian response from a systems perspective. Models will address system characteristics (e.g. demand dependencies) that drive system dynamics and policies to regulate performance. Course topics include methods for improving coordination and collaboration, addressing demand dependencies, and reliably measuring and evaluating system performance.

  • Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response (LOG 5002P)

    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. It will assist in mitigating or reducing inventory variability and costs and increase service levels through information sharing.