The Humanitarian Assistance specialization within the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition program is offered to the Masters and PhD students pursuing graduate degrees in nutrition. The Humanitarian Assistance specialization is managed by the Feinstein Center and focuses on food security, vulnerability, food policy and nutrition interventions in humanitarian crises.
Students pursue a course of study similar to those required for the MAHA but are not expected to have significant humanitarian experience prior to enrolling in the program. Between the first and second year of this two-year program, FPAN students are required to work as interns on projects in disaster-affected countries. FIC faculty are working to develop short courses on Monitoring and Evaluation of Food Security Programs in Complex Emergencies and on Participatory Methods in Assessing Food Security Programs.