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The Office of Humanitarian Leadership and Emergency Health is engaged in research and practice to help support stronger and more prepared local, state, national and global health departments, agencies and ministries of health. Led by a team of experienced faculty and staff, OHLEH provides practical experiences for students interested not only in developing research and practice skills related to humanitarian leadership and emergency health but also promotes direct engagement with local government health departments and non-governmental organizations.

OHLEH offers courses in Emergency Health within the MPH program and a full Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health.

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health prepares recipients for working in emergency management positions in public health and health care. The program aims to develop individuals within public health and health care who can ensure the continuity of operations in their organization as well as protect the health of the population during emergencies and disasters. The curriculum is built on established competencies in this field which students achieve through coursework and an applied field experience.

OHLEH also works with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center through the Division’s partnership with them to offer online and in-person workforce development opportunities. For more information for online continuing education offerings click here:


Internships Unpaid internships are currently available for students. The opportunity will include but is not limited to: Preparing submissions for annual conferences, Assistance with grant writing, Retrieval of literature, literature reviews and management of OHLEH literature databases (Mendeley/EndNote), Creating study recruiting materials, Writing white papers, Data collection, Developing online and face-to-face trainings, and Annual conference planning and coordination Students interested in these topics may also look into enrolling in the Certificate in Emergency Health.