Posted September 7, 2011 Atlanta, GA
Barbara Christopher, Industrial and Systems Engineering
The Georgia Tech Health & Humanitarian Logistics Center is launching a new Humanitarian Logistics Professional Certificate Program. This executive learning program is designed for practitioners in non-governmental organizations, government, industry and military who are active participants in humanitarian relief operations and seeking to build skills to improve decision making in preparedness, response and system design.
Humanitarian logistics encompasses a broad range of activities related to preparing, responding and recovering 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 cause drastic results including the loss of lives.
Addressing the unique skills needed by professionals in the humanitarian world, Humanitarian Logistics Professional Courses, include methodologies for assessment, mobilization of resources, procurement, transportation and distribution.
The program is comprised of three courses:
Pre-planning Strategy for Humanitarian Organizations
Systems Operations in Humanitarian Response
Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response
The 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 trade-offs they face in practice with the systematic approaches, tools, and techniques presented.
The Center for Health & Humanitarian Logistics at Georgia Tech, a unit of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute and a part of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, works to improve humanitarian logistics (including short or long term, man-made or natural disasters) and ultimately the human condition by system transformations through education, outreach, projects and research.