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Humanitarian, emergency and disaster management
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Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management

Want to work in emergency management, become an aid worker or do disaster relief work? 

Learn how to approach disaster, emergency and community risks holistically. Our courses focus on the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and South America. You'll do scenario training, be taught by industry experts, and complete placements at leading aid agencies, NGOs and government departments.

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Choose CDU for humanitarian and disaster management courses

  • 100% flexible to study however it suits you

    Choose to study online or on campus, part-time or full-time

  • #7 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes

    According to The Good Universities Guide 2024 CDU ranks as a leader for undergraduate employment outcomes

  • 30 years' experience in distance and online education

    We have what it takes to support flexible study

Top humanitarian and emergency management courses

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    Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development

    Your path to a career in humanitarian and development aid. This unique course offers both online study and hands-on learning through practical placements with aid organisations in Australia or abroad.

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    Master of Emergency and Disaster Management

    A postgraduate online course that equips you with the knowledge to manage all phases of the disaster management cycle. You'll focus on Southeast Asia, a region that is most prone to and affected by disaster. 

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  • St Johns NT paramedic at work

    Bachelor of Paramedicine

    Qualify to work as a paramedic anywhere in Australia. Combine the best of online and face-to-face learning, thanks to guaranteed placements with St John NT.

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Need some help finding the right course or career path?

Study your way with confidence

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    Study pathways

    At CDU, there's a study pathway for everyone.

    Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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    How to apply

    Choosing your course was the hard part, now it’s time to apply. Visit our how to apply page for easy-to-follow steps for all study pathways.

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    Flexible study options

    Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction. With on-campus, online, part-time and full-time study options, you'll have the flexibility and support to do it your way.

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Launch into your new world of study with confidence

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    The Humanitarian Design Summit: Everything I was expecting and more.

    Humanitarian and Community Studies student, Tiana Hokins, attended the Engineers Without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit in India. She describes it as one of the most amazing experiences she has had to date. Here’s her story.

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  • CDU student Emma Kettle with fellow CDU students

    How Emma's shoring up her industry skills

    As the humanitarian aid and disaster management sector evolves, keeping up with best practice and new ways of responding to crises has never been more important. That’s exactly why Emma Kettle chose to return to uni to take on a postgraduate degree in Humanitarian, Disaster and Emergency Management.

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    Financial support for study: What help can I get?

    Beginning or returning to study can have huge rewards in terms of improving your quality of life and income potential once qualified, but like anything worthwhile, it takes time and money to get there. There is help out there for you.  

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