Launching New Series of Case Studies on Global Health Delivery

Posted on July 28, 2011 by

By Julie Rosenberg Talbot, GHD Project  Publications and Curriculum Manager

Few resources on the delivery of health services and health technologies in low-resource settings currently exist for educators. We have begun to fill this gap with a series of 21 teaching cases and accompanying teaching notes that examine principles of health care delivery in low-resource settings. These cases are freely available for download and distribution via Harvard Business Publishing.

To create the foundation of what we hope will be a growing case series, we identified innovative, successful programs and organizations working in global health. We made field visits to these projects and conducted interviews with key decision makers. We learned about the strategic and managerial principles that helped facilitate these program’s successes as well as the challenges they were struggling to overcome. We then used our findings to create detailed teaching cases illustrating these lessons and the complexities of working in the field. We developed accompanying teaching notes to guide instructors in facilitating classroom discussion of these cases in undergraduate and graduate level courses in global health.

Case topics include global public health approaches to HIV treatment, HIV prevention, tuberculosis control (including multi-drug resistant tuberculosis control), malaria control, malaria control commodity manufacturing, tobacco control, measles and polio immunization, and malnutrition. Each case is designed to allow examination of four aspects of health care delivery: 1)  local factors that affect both the health of the community and the delivery of health care, 2) the program’s or organization’s specific activities that generate value for the communities they serve, including how these activities are organized and managed, 3) how these activities are tailored to the local contextual factors and available resources, and 4) how the program or organization interacts with the existing health care system.

The teaching cases foster examination of real-world challenges faced by global health programs and organizations that seek to deliver health care in low-resource settings. They aim to prepare students to be leaders in the field of health care delivery.

All cases are freely available for download and distribution at

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About Sarah Arnquist

Before earning her master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sarah worked as a journalist, reporting on public health issues. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and other publications. At GHD, Sarah developed curriculum to evaluate strategy and implementation of large-scale HIV prevention programs and led GHDonline communities and expert panels. She currently runs the blog aggregation site called The Global Health Hub and is a health care consultant in California.