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Disaster management and humanitarian assistance certificate

Main organization(s): University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Program on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance


Disaster management humanitarian assistance graduate certificate


The Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Program on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance grows out of our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to planning education which recognizes the important contributions to planning that can be made by the social and natural sciences and by the architectural, public health, social work, and civil engineering professions and emphasizes extensive community involvement.

The DMHA certificate is a 15 credit plus 1 credit (capstone) certificate that provides an academic course of study aimed at building disaster risk reduction competence and professionalism. Combining existing courses across campus that provide disciplinary perspectives on hazards, disasters and risk reduction with focused coursework and seminars in core areas of disaster management and humanitarian assistance results in a rigorous and productive graduate level curriculum. Students graduating with recognized skills in disaster risk reduction will find career opportunities in the public and private sectors, from the local to the international arenas.

Subject areas

DMHA courses

  • PLAN 661 Collaboration Between Sectors (3)
  • PLAN 670 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (3)
  • PLAN 671 Disaster Management: Understanding the Nature of Hazards (3)
  • PLAN 672 Humanitarian Assistance: Principles, Practices and Politics (3)
  • PLAN 673 Information Systems for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (3)
  • PLAN 721 Homeland Security: Terrorism (3)



Geographical coverage


Application procedure

To apply for admission, submit the following materials directly to the Graduate Division:

  1. Application for Graduate Admission Form or online application
  2. One official copy of transcript(s)
  3. If a non-native English-speaking applicant, an official report of the TOEFL or IELTS scores

The following are to be submitted directly to the admissions committee of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Items 1 and 2 should be submitted by the applicant and item 3 by his/her references:

  1. Completed DMHA Admissions Assessment Form
  2. Completed Express Information Form
  3. Two letters of reference from persons well-acquainted with the applicant's academic work and/or professional experience


For more information, please email:

Last updated

04 Feb 2013

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Certificate/Diploma
  • Location(s) United States of America (Manoa, Hawaii)

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