Global Health Delivery Intensive Program

The Global Health Delivery Intensive (GHDI) is a non-degree program offered each July during the first summer session at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). Participants enroll in three courses: Epidemiological Methods for Global Health (ID505), Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery (GHP532), and Management Practices in Health Care Delivery (GHP555). These three courses are also components of the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Care Delivery (MMSc-GHD) degree-program offered through Harvard Medical School.  

Course Model and Learning Objectives 
Students study a three-course curriculum of epidemiology, management science, and global health delivery, enabling them to effectively design and manage programs that improve health care delivery and outcomes in low-resource settings.
The course aims to systematize the study of health care delivery and to stimulate collaboration among educators, researchers, stakeholders, and implementers. The GHDI program seeks to expand educational opportunities in global health delivery and to convene a cadre of health professionals trained in major concepts and skills in delivering value-based health care within their own contexts.

Intended Students
GHDI is intended for mid-career global health professionals who seek training in global health delivery concepts and skills. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to global health and experience in global health organizations, with a substantial background in health care or a related field. International candidates are encouraged to apply. Current undergraduates are not eligible to participate in the program.

Course Offerings
GHDI is comprised of three core courses and supplemental content offered during the three weeks of the program.
Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery: Engages students in the analysis of cases that describe authentic efforts to improve health care delivery in resource-poor settings, and illuminate principles and frameworks for the design of efficient and effective global health interventions. (2.5 credits)

Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health: Covers introductory level epidemiology and biostatistics using global health-related problem sets. (2.5 credits)
Management Practices in Health Care Delivery: Educates students in the fundamental principles of organizational behavior, strategy, operations management, leadership, and financial accounting relevant to work in leading global health programs. (1.25 credits)

Major Areas of Focus

  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Applications of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Health Care Delivery in Resource-Poor Settings
  • Decision-Making Skills in the Context of Politics, Economics, and Health
  • Specific Global Health Issues and Scenarios
  • Care Delivery Value Chains
  • Leadership and Conflict Management Strategies
  • Structuring Incentives
  • Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
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