The Global Health Delivery Intensive (GHDI) is a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) non-degree program offered virtually every July. Students enroll in three courses, which are also components of the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) degree-program offered through Harvard Medical School. The 2023 program will be delivered remotely and will include a strong focus on COVID-19 response.
Program Model and Learning Objectives
Students learn to effectively design and manage programs that improve health care delivery and outcomes in low-resource settings. The program aims to systematize the study of health care delivery and to stimulate collaboration among educators, researchers, stakeholders, and implementers while building capacity. Participants will become part of a cadre of health professionals trained to deliver value-based health care within their own contexts.
GHDI is intended for mid-career health professionals who seek training in health care delivery concepts and skills. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to health and experience in health organizations, with a substantial background in health care or a related field. Practitioners, policy leaders, and administrators are all strong candidates for the program. International candidates are encouraged to apply. Current undergraduates are not eligible to participate.
Course Offerings and Mentorship
GHDI is comprised of three core courses and supplemental content offered during the three weeks of the program:
- Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery (GHP532): Engages students in the analysis of cases that describe authentic efforts to improve health care delivery in resource-poor settings and to illuminate principles and frameworks for the design of efficient and effective global health interventions. (2.5 credits)
- Epidemiological Methods for Global Health (ID505): Covers introductory level epidemiology and biostatistics using global health-related problem sets. (2.5 credits)
- Management Practices in Health Care Delivery (GHP555): 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)
In addition to courses, the program offers mentoring and aims to build community among students, supporting longer-term career planning.
Major Areas of Focus
- Strategies for effective, equitable health care delivery
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Decision-making skills in the context of politics, economics, and health
- Structuring incentives
- Managing human resources for health
- Public private partnerships, collaboration, and stakeholder alignment
- Leadership and management strategies
- Prediction and scenario planning
- Epidemiological methods
- Applications of biostatistics