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Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance 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. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the program. For more information, please email us at

For more detail on the application process, please visit the DMHA Admissions page.

DMHA courses

Pre-approved Elective DMHA courses:

In this video, USAID and NDPTC director Karl Kim document the collaborative disaster risk reduction training in Indonesia between the University of Hawai’i in association with the NDPTC, the Institute of Technology Bandung, Gadjah Mada University, and the Islamic University of Indonesia. One portion of the training was conducted over the summer of 2014, with the generous support of USAID.

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

The mission of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) is to develop and deliver disaster preparedness training to governmental, private, and non-profit entities, incorporating urban planning with an emphasis on community preparedness and at risk populations. For information on the training center, please visit the website at

Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP)

The HELP Course is a three week intensive graduate level training course, taught in conjunction with the Medical Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Through the facilitation of the Center for Excellence, the HELP Course has been taught for ten consecutive years at the East-West Center located on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. The HELP Course was created by the International Committee of the Red Cross with the participation of the University of Geneva and the World Health Organization to meet the public health needs of health professionals working in emergency situations. For more information about the course, please visit the website at H.E.L.P Course. For information about this course related to Health Emergencies in Large Populations, please visit the following website at

The Asia Pacific Initiative

A collaboration between ten education and research institutions in the Asia Pacific region. Graduate students and working professionals interested in disaster management and humanitarian assistance issues have the opportunity to learn from a diverse faculty from throughout the region as well as distinguished guest lecturers from regional and international organizations. For more information about the API/DMHA collaboration please visiting the following website at:

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