Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University (Atlanta, GA)


  • Name:Dabney P Evans
  • Title:Executive Director

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  • Organization Name:Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Address:1518 Clifton Road, Mailstop 1518-002-7BB
    Atlanta, GA 30032
    United States

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  • Main phone:404-727-3061
  • Main fax:404-727-4590

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  • Mission:
  • The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory University (CHE@Emory) drives global collaboration, research and evidence-based training to improve the lives and well-being of populations impacted by humanitarian emergencies. At the intersection of education and disaster response, CHE@Emory leverages its unique partnerships and relationships with the world leading organizations such as the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Carter Center to achieve this mission. We work together to train future responders in best practices, while leading cutting edge research and establishing the evidence base for more efficient response leading to the greatest impact possible.

  • Overview:
  • Complex Humanitarian Emergencies were defined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Secretariat (IASC), as “a humanitarian crisis in a country, region or society where there is total or considerable breakdown of authority resulting from internal or external conflict and which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single and/or ongoing UN country program.” The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees said in June of 2015 that globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. Given the level of displacements, the impact caused by emergencies-including five highest-level crises in 2014-the increasing need for response teams trained and prepared in key area of health is urgent. As a result, the United Nations Director General at the Sixty-Eighth World Health Assembly prioritized the need to establish a global health emergency workforce and strengthen core surge capacity of trained emergency response staff. In order to meet this need, the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) partnered in 2010 with the CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB) to begin a master’s level training program.

    This program includes a certificate program in humanitarian emergencies for public health graduate students, summer practicum experiences for graduate students matriculated in any accredited US-based public health program, and a US-based fellowship for professionals from low resource/conflict-affected countries. From 2010-2015 RSPH conferred certificates in humanitarian emergencies to 115 public health graduate students; four international fellows graduated from the annual CHE fellowship including two from Kenya, one from South Sudan and one from Uganda. In our current practica program, up to 4 graduate students travel across the globe each summer to work with CDC country offices and gain crucial skills for future careers in response and mitigation. In 2013, the program was officially renamed the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE@Emory) with the aim of becoming a nationally and internationally recognized center for public health training in complex humanitarian emergencies.

    With $10,000 in new funding from Lawrence Foundation, CHE@Emory can expand our practicum opportunities for field based training by 75% and engage with new non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. This will allow our students to train either within government agencies or NGO partners. NGOs are often the main direct care providers and implementers in emergency response. Inclusion and expansion of our NGO partners is critical for the preparation and capacity building of our students.

  • History:
  • Founded as a school of public health in 1990, the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) has been offering courses in humanitarian emergency response and recovery for the past 13 years under the auspices of preparedness and capacity building. In 2013, CHE@Emory was officially established to house these programs. Based within RSPH, CHE@Emory is a collaboration between RSPH and the CDC that drives global collaboration, research and evidence-based training to improve the lives and well-being of populations impacted by humanitarian emergencies. In 2014, the certificate for Master’s level students in humanitarian emergencies expanded in both quantity and substance of courses. Cutting edge classes in needs assessments and logistics joined the already robust core courses in health, epidemiology, nutrition, risk communications, mental health, and emergency preparedness. Additionally, as Emory’s profile began to rise during the Ebola outbreak in early 2015 the need for information regarding the disease became apparent. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the public and medical communities, the first English language a massive online open access (MOOC) online course on Ebola was created and launched in March 2015. This online course not only emphasized the relevance and timeliness of the study of humanitarian emergencies, but also introduced a new delivery format to our already established in-person didactic trainings. By May 2015, more than 7,000 students from 171 countries participated in this free and accessible online course. This expansion of the reach of CHE@Emory is in keeping with the vision of Emory University, which is “to discover truth and, by sharing it, ignite in others a passion for its pursuit.”

    Emory University founded in Oxford, GA in 1836 and established in Atlanta, GA in 1919 is a destination university internationally recognized as an inquiry driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community. Through more than 170 years of encouraging positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership, Emory has become an epicenter for students and professionals that want to gain community oriented real world skills. When RSPH was founded in 1990 the mission “to acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge, and train leaders to promote health and prevent disease in human populations around the world” was established. Through rapid and sustainable growth, a continued focus on the health of communities, and forged partnerships with world renowned organizations such as CARE, The Carter Center, The Task Force for Global Health, and the CDC, RSPH now sits on the cutting edge of public health research and practice. RSPH is 7th in the nation according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate programs in public health. RSPH also remains first in applications to any MPH program in the United States and our Hubert Department of Global Health (HDGH) remains first among all global health programs.

  • Year established:2013
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:24


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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