Humanitarian Education at Tufts
The Feinstein International Center and Tufts University offer students and practitioners a variety of opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and practical experience in humanitarian action and related fields. Our faculty teach courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. We are actively involved in mentoring and supporting the academic and field work of students and practitioners.
Tufts University offers three graduate degrees or concentrations in humanitarian studies: the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA); the MA in Law and Diplomacy degree (Humanitarian field); and the MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition degree (Humanitarian Assistance concentration). The Center’s faculty also supervise PhD students at Tufts and other Universities.
Below are the core humanitarian courses at Tufts. Some of these are cross-listed between schools; some are specific to a given school. Some courses listed meet requirements for specific degree programs and others are part of broader fields of study that are directly applicable to humanitarian studies, which may be used as electives. Please consult your degree(s)-specific requirements and prerequisites before enrolling in any of these courses
We offer academic opportunities for professionals to develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy and development as they relate to humanitarian action.
Practitioner in Residence Program
Recognizing the dynamic nature of relief work, the high turnover of staff, and the need for reflection and learning, we offer returning field workers the opportunity join the Center for four to twelve weeks. Practitioners in residence work with a faculty adviser to design an appropriate course of study.
Groups for students and alumni
For anyone interested in Humanitarian Action:
- Humanitarian Professionals LinkedIn Group: Whether you’re on assignment in Darfur or DRC, Sri Lanka or OCHA HQ, coordinating emergency relief operations, advocacy to governments, or backstopping an NGO or UN technical unit, this group should help you connect with others engaged in humanitarian response. Click here to request approval from the moderator to join.
For Current Tufts Students:
- Humanitarian Action Society (HAS): works to engage the Fletcher community in issues surrounding humanitarian crises, responses, and work in the field. The goal is to foster interest in and understanding of humanitarian action and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Events in the 2015-2016 year will include skills building workshops, guest speaker events, events coordinated with the MAHA program, cross-school mixers (with similar clubs at Harvard and MIT). To get involved, contract Adrienne Klein (Adrienne.Klein@tufts.edu) or join the HAS Trunk page by logging into Trunk, clicking on “Membership,” then “Joinable Sites,” search for “Humanitarian Action Society,” and click join.
For Tufts Alumni:
- MAHA Alumni Group: To keep individuals who have completed the MAHA program connected. Please click here to request to join the group on LinkedIn
Useful listservs and other resources
- The Field Exchange is a technical publication on nutrition in emergencies that provides a platform to capture and rapidly “exchange” humanitarian programming experiences. On the site you will find research, evaluations, news, and technical views. They are often looking for articles. Check their website to gather information and/or learn how to submit an article.
- InsideNGO is a global association of over 300 international relief and development organizations who share operational expertise, insights, and leading practices to better sustain organizations and support essential missions in a changing world. Sign up for their emails to get regular updates skill development opportunities.
- Devex is a membership organization that aggregates news, jobs, business intelligence, and funding opportunities for international development professionals. You can sign up for their newsletter here.