Global Health Delivery Intensive Program

The Global Health Delivery Intensive (GHDI) is a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). non-degree program offered each July.
Students 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. This year's program will include a strong focus on COVID-19 response. 

Program 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 program 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 health care delivery in global and resource limited settings and to convene a cadre of health professionals trained in major concepts and skills in delivering value-based health care within their own contexts.

2021 Course Updates
Our faculty has been deeply involved in COVID-19 response globally and our course content will reflect the impact of the pandemic on care delivery and management processes domestically and globally. In 2021 the program will be delivered virtually. GHDI has no available scholarship funding for students in 2021. 

Intended Students
GHDI is intended for mid-career health professionals who seek training in health 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 administrator are all strong candidates for the progam. International candidates are encouraged to apply. Current undergraduates are not eligible to participate in the program.

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: 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)

In additions to courses, the program offers individual and group mentoring building community among students and supporting longer term career planning. 

Major Areas of Focus

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