Humanitarian Security Course

The Center for African Studies at Howard University, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Bureau, is offering a 4-week professional development course on Humanitarian Security for practitioners and graduate students in Summer 2023.

International humanitarian security is a contested concept that has given rise to many debates over its meaning and application. The objectives of this course are three-fold. First, students will be familiarized with the major concepts, debates and challenges that exist in the field. Secondly, students will be introduced to a standard set of guidelines used by international humanitarian organizations to manage safety and security risks. Finally, students will be exposed to the practice of security risk management through a decision based simulation exercise drawn from a real world event.

Course Dates July 11 – August 8, 2023
Course Type Professional Development
Course Level Graduate / Experienced
Course Credit Non-credit
Course Delivery Virtual
Course Cost

$350 per participant
Cost for Howard University students is waived.


Course Format

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: asynchronous reading materials and assignments

Thursdays at 12pm EDT: live virtual sessions (synchronous)


Michael Walsh
Course Director

Center for African Studies

Michael Walsh, MPH NREMT SRMP is a senior subject matter expert who advises governments, humanitarian organizations, and think tanks on humanitarian health security affairs. He is also a regular commentator on Africa affairs. Recent outlets include the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, European Consortium for Political Research, and Foreign Policy Research Institute.