Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management

Course Overview

Globally, Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters are on the increase, impacting communities and nations with grave social and economic consequences and threatening the survival, dignity and livelihoods of the vulnerable sections of their populations. Shifting socio-economic situations, unplanned urbanisation, environmental degradation, climate variability and change, geological hazards, competition for scarce natural resources, and the threat of epidemics are factors that compound the impact of disasters. Disasters increasingly impact the global economy and the sustainable development of developing countries.

This integrated programme defines humanitarian response within the framework of an understanding of development, with vulnerability and disaster risk reduction as an integral part of development. This programme recognizes the vulnerabilities faced by the poor and marginalized and the disproportionate impact of disasters endured by them in the developing world. In this programme, the study of disaster risk reduction, disaster response and post-disaster recovery will be grounded in the values of justice, equity and social inclusion.


  1. Introduction to Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management
  2. Environmental Disasters
  3. Social services in Emergency and Disaster Situations
  4. Drought, famine and food security
  5. Logistics in Emergency situations and Disasters
  6. Food aid
  7. Theoretical approaches in disaster management
  8. Disaster preparedness and prevention
  9. Project management for disaster situations
  10. Gender issues in disaster management
  11. Disaster information and communication
  12. Disaster assessment
  13. Health, water and sanitation in emergencies
  14. Counseling and coping in disaster situations
  15. Disaster management for special groups

Course Assignments

Participants will be required to submit 10 assignments, a research paper and one final examination for the period of 12 months to demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Assignments account for 60%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 10% of the marks.


Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be given after the successful completion of the course.

Organizers: Action Institute For Professional Studies

Course Duration: 52 weeks (12 months)

Target Region: Global

Language: English

FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated




Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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Enrolled: 22 students
Duration: 12 Months
Level: Intermediate
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