Humanitarian Action Leadership

2018 and 2019 Online Course Offerings

Expand your knowledge by taking online courses in the Humanitarian Action Leadership (HAL) graduate program that are open to all students.  Coursework is applicable for mid-career and entry-level individuals and cohorts.

All Humanitarian Action courses are offered online. The following is a list of technical requirements you need to be successful in these courses.

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or 8; or Mac OS X Snow Leopard or newer.
  • Processor: Core2Duo or newer
  • RAM: 2+GB or RAM (recommended 4+)
  • Webcam with microphone (for synchronous class sessions)
  • Microsoft Office software: MS Office or Open Office (including MS Word, PowerPoint, & Publisher) preferably Office 2007 or more recent.
  • Broadband/high speed Internet access

Upcoming Courses

Information on tuition costs can be found here.

Transformative, Facilitative Leadership HAL530 (3SH)

May 7 - June 22, 2018
Humanitarian workers throughout the world are faced with the need to collaborate, to quickly assess and to plan and manage projects. Personal traits and new leadership skills are essential for successful engagement. This course will start with personal formation including a focus on spiritual and values identification and development, interpersonal and intercultural relationships along with overall leadership self-assessment and a plan for development and accountability. Moving to the group, organization and community level, the course will encompass a survey of and engagement in requisite skills for humanitarians including forming collaborative coalitions and partnerships. Current and emerging theories of leadership will be addressed. Application in the students’ current work is an ongoing part of the course.
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Instructor: Ann Hershberger and Vernon Jantzi

Trauma, Vulnerability and Resilience HAL510 (3 SH)

July 2-August 17, 2018
Individuals and communities in crisis experience intense trauma and are amazingly resilient. Leaders in the humanitarian context must be equipped to understand and work within these complexities for themselves, the people they lead and the communities to which they respond. Individual and community assets and resilience will be studied as means of transforming trauma and enhancing psychosocial well-being within, but mainly after, complex violence and disaster situations. Students will be equipped to work with communities to recognize and build on their resilience as well as name and respond to the trauma experienced.
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Instructor: Vernon Jantzi

Program/Project Planning, Management, and Evaluation HAL540 (3SH)

August 28-December 17, 2018
This course explores management needs through each phase of the project life-cycle, from initiating, planning, performing, and closing projects. Projects are often funded differently than ongoing operations, thus special consideration is given to funding streams, grant writing and the effect of projects on overall organizational work. Secondly, this course is designed to prepare students to perform qualitative and quantitative program evaluations. The course format is participatory, experiential and adaptive. Students will conduct an actual professional assignment either in project planning or evaluation of an on-going program.
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Instructor: Ann Hershberger with consultant Randall Puljek Shank

HAL Collaborative Stakeholder Analysis and Assessment HAL520 (3 SH)

January 9-April 24, 2019
Successful engagement in humanitarian landscapes requires an understanding of the big picture at the community, regional and national levels. In this course emphasis will be placed on processes and tools to create a robust and holistic picture of assets, needs and opportunities. Major sectors addressed include civil, economic, educational, engineering, governmental, health, housing, natural science and social science. A focus on the world view and values of each sector enables the student to understand, work with and create partnerships between sectors with potentially cross cutting approaches to reach similar goals.

Instructor: Ann Hershberger with consultant Laura Powers

For more information or to register email hal@emu.edu

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