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 assistance and related fields. Our faculty teach at The Fletcher School at Tufts University 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.

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Tufts University offers four graduate degrees or concentrations in humanitarian studies: the MS in Food and Nutrition Policy Programs (humanitarian assistance concentration); the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA); the MA in Law and Diplomacy (Humanitarian field); and the Center’s faculty also supervise PhD students at Tufts and other Universities.

Food and Nutrition Policy Programs                 (FANPP)


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FANPP is offered by the Friedman School. Students pursue a two-year M.S. through a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy. Graduates of the program possess the skills and knowledge necessary to make an impact on food and nutrition programs and policies in the United States and around the world.


Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA)                      

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MAHA is a joint-degree program, offered by the Friedman and Fletcher Schools. It is geared towards mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development.


Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD)


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MALD is offered by The Fletcher School. A flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum allows students to choose from 22 fields of study within three divisions: International Law and Organizations; Diplomacy, History and Politics; and Economics and International Business. Graduates of the program possess the knowledge, skills, tools, and preparation needed to excel in a highly competitive global economy.


PhD Programs


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Our faculty supervise students in the PhD programs at Fletcher and Friedman Schools. We also supervise students in non-Tufts programs.






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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.

Course No.  Course Name  Offered   Instructor 
NUTR 0223


Seminar in Humanitarian Issues (MAHA only)  Fall  Dyan Mazurana 
NUTR 0229 


Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies                       *Cross-listed with Fletcher (DHP D230)  Fall  Daniel Maxwell 
NUTR 0308 


Nutrition in Emergencies Policies, Practice and Decision-Making  Spring  Erin Boyd 
NUTR 0297 


Directed Study – MAHA Capstone Project  Spring  Various  
NUTR 0202 


Principles of Nutrition Science  Fall  Diane McKay 
NUTR 0207 


Statistical Methods for Nutrition Science and Policy  Fall  Sean Cash 
NUTR 0210 


Survey Research in Nutrition  Spring  Beatrice Rogers 
NUTR 0217 


Monitoring and Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Security Projects  Spring  Jennifer Coates 
NUTR 0222 


Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies *Cross-listed with Fletcher (DHP D232)  Fall  Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites 
NUTR 0227 


International Nutrition Programs  Fall  Erin Boyd 
NUTR 0228 


Community and Public Health Nutrition  Fall  Virginia Chomitz 
NUTR 0231 


Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  Fall & Spring  Alexandra Thorn 
NUTR 0238


Economics for Food Policy Analysis  Spring  William Masters 
NUTR 0256 


Climate Change: Risk and Adaptation for Food Systems and Beyond   Fall  Erin Coughlan de Perez  
NUTR 0304 


Nutrition, Food Security, and Development  Fall  Jennifer Coates 
NUTR 0310 


Qualitative Research Methods for Nutrition  Spring  Ellen Messer 
NUTR 0324 


International Humanitarian Response  Spring  Greg Gottlieb 
NUTR 0325 


Evidence-based Interventions for Child Malnutrition  Fall  Irwin Rosenberg and Shibani Ghosh 
NUTR 0329 


Humanitarian Leadership: The Challenges of Being in Charge  Spring  Greg Gottlieb 
NUTR 0339 


Famine, Livelihoods and Resilience: Food Security Analysis and Response in Crisis and Crisis-Prone Contexts  Spring  Daniel Maxwell and Merry Fitzpatrick 
DHP D220


Processes of International Negotiation  Fall & Spring Eileen F. Babbitt, Diana Chigas, Elizabeth McClintock, Naseem Khuri 
DHP D221


International Mediation (prerequisite D220 or equivalent)  Spring  Eileen Babbitt 
DHP D222 


The Mediation of Armed Conflict: Strategies, Methods, and Techniques  Fall   
DHP D223 


Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution  Fall  Nadim Rouhana, Eileen Babbitt 
DHP D231 


Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies  Spring  Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites 
DHP D235


Introduction to Research Methods  Fall 2nd Half  Karen Jacobsen 
DHP D239 


Forced Migration  Spring  Karen Jacobsen 
DHP D240 


Children, Violence, Protection and Resilience  Spring  Dyan Mazurana 
DHP D241


Climate and Migration 

DHP D245 


Advanced Field Methods Research: Difficult Research Environments and Vulnerable Populations  Spring  Dyan Mazurana 
DHP  P220


Understanding Mass Atrocities  Spring  Bridget Conley-Zilkic 
DHP  P222 


Development Aid in Practice  Fall Elke Jahns-Harms 
DHP  P225 


Design & Monitoring of Peacebuilding and Development Programming  Fall 2nd Half  Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church 
DHP  P226


Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development for Practitioners and Donors  Spring 1st Half  Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church 
DHP  P297 


Engaging Human Security  Spring  Kimberly Theidon, Eileen Babbitt 
DHP  P298 


Conflict in Africa  Fall  Alex de Waal 
EIB    B243 


Market Approaches to Development   Spring  Kim Wilson 
ILO   L210 


International Human Rights Law  Fall  Hurst Hannum 
ILO   L216 


International Humanitarian Law  Fall  Tom Dannenbaum, 
ILO   L217 


International Law and Migration  Spring  John Cerone 
ILO   L224 


Peace Operations  Spring  Ian Johnstone 
CEE 159 


Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Design  Spring  Daniele Lantagne 


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The Feinstein International Center annual summer grants program is designed to stimulate applied research in issues pertaining to complex emergencies, humanitarian assistance, refugees and other migrants, natural disasters, and food security. The grants are intended to support travel and living expenses. Funds cannot be used to cover salary, overhead, indirect costs, or the purchase of equipment. Grants are up to $3,000 for overseas positions and up to $2,000 for US-based positions.

The program is open to all students at Tufts University who have either a summer internship with an organization focused on humanitarian action, or an agreement to be hosted with such an organization while carrying out the research project. In either case, a confirming email from the organization should accompany the application.

We will not be offering summer grants in 2021 due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19. Please check back in early 2022. 


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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 and Friedman communities 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 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, 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.


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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.

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