Tactical Decision Making in Public Health and Humanitarian Response

Important Course Information

This course is offered in a hybrid format with content presented both online (before the course begins or during class time) and in the classroom.

Course Description

Numerous tactical decisions must be made in the response to a public health or humanitarian event. Many of these decisions are concerned with the timely and efficient procurement, allocation and distribution of resources (e.g. funds, supplies, volunteers) through a supply chain. This course will explore methodologies for tactical decision making, including procurement and inventory policies, strategies for distribution and allocation of limited resources and transportation decisions.


CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15182 May 13, 2015 May 14, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, GA $2,400

Special Discounts

There are discounts available for this course. Please use one of the coupon codes below at checkout. Note: Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Alumni:  If you are a returning student of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (SCL) courses or you are an alumni of the GT EMIL or MSSCE programs, you can receive 10% off of any LOG course – Use coupon code SCL-Alum

Member Organization: Members of certain organizations can receive 10% off of any LOG course (for information on member organizations visit: www.scl.gatech.edu/orgdiscount) – Use coupon code SCL-Org

Certificate Participants: To receive a certificate course price of 17% off per course, you must enroll and pay for all courses required to earn a certificate – Use coupon code SCL-Cert

Who Should Attend

Tactical and strategic members of non-governmental organizations, private corporations involved in the humanitarian relief efforts, U.S. federal government employees, U.S. state or local government employees, humanitarian foundation members, program managers, directors of field operations, disaster relief managers, director of logistics and inventory, and logistics officers

How You Will Benefit

  • Optimize procurement decisions considering key factors affecting inventory policies such as lead time, variability and product type (e.g., perishable goods).

  • Compare and contrast inventory techniques for a single event versus ongoing operations.

  • Evaluate resource allocation tradeoffs in response to a health or humanitarian crisis and develop policies for the allocation of scarce resources in alignment with the supply chain network.

  • Develop resource allocation and transportation strategies in alignment with the supply chain network structure.

  • Develop strategies for allocating funds incorporating the interdependencies of decisions across time and space.

  • Provide immediate impact to their organization through learnings gained from applied and real-world case studies.

  • Learn to bring NGOs, businesses or government entities together to enhance collaboration, cooperation and communication.

  • Discover current trends and procedures to help their organizations and team members get ahead and stay ahead of the curve.

  • Build a critical knowledge base to make tactical decisions around inventory, routing and distribution.

  • Deliver best-practices to measure and evaluate outcomes of humanitarian relief efforts.

  • Ultimately transform the humanitarian sector with increased capacity to participate in planning and strategic decision-making for effective supply chain management.


  • Inventory
  • Network design
  • Resource allocation



  • Readings, case studies, spreadsheet files and lecture slides


  • Laptop with Microsoft Excel and wi-fi capability

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Pinar Keskinocak, Ph.D.

Technology Requirements

Verify you meet the minimum technology requirements for this section.


For online portion, click here for technology requirements (page / URL needs to be setup)

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