Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for GHDI 2019 will be available on December 1. 2018. 
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Please review the frequently asked questions about the GHDI program. For further questions, please contact the GHDI Coordinator:

Who is eligible to participate in GHDI? Are there any prerequisites?

GHDI seeks individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to global health and significant experience in global health organizations or a related field. Most of our students are mid-career, typically hold a doctoral or master’s degree in a health-related field, and/or have at least three years of relevant experience.

GHDI participants must have an undergraduate degree. International candidates are encouraged to apply. A strong command of the English language is highly recommended.

What is the program coursework like?

The program coursework is very intensive and fast-paced. Students take three courses each day, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. The three GHDI required courses are:

  • Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health (EPI505)
  • Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery (GHP532)
  • Management Practices in Health Care Delivery (GHP555)

In the past, students have spent approximately three hours per night completing homework and preparing for class the next day. Students should avoid scheduling other commitments.
The program is an excellent professional development and networking experience. GHDI guest faculty and students are diverse and accomplished in their respective areas. 

Does GHDI offer scholarships or financial assistance?

The GHDI program does not directly offer scholarships.

The Center for Global Health Delivery – Dubai has generously committed to fund both 10 full and 10 partial 2018 GHDI scholarships for students meeting specific criteria. Full scholarships will cover tuition and living expenses, and partial scholarship will cover tuition only.  These scholarships are available to applicants that meet the following criteria:

  • Geography/residency: UAE citizen, long-term residency in the UAE, or from the Center’s region (Afghanistan, Mauritania, Algeria, Morocco, Armenia, Nepal, Azerbaijan, Oman, Bahrain, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Palestinian Territories, China, Philippines, Djibouti, Qatar, Egypt, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Serbia, Iran, Somalia, Iraq, South, Africa, Israel, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Syrian Arab Republic, Kenya, Tajikistan, Korea, Tunisia, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Uzbekistan, Malaysia and Yemen)
  • Professional role: Preference will be given to students who will have a major role in hospitals, clinical or policy-making bodies

There is no separate application for these scholarships. Decisions will be made at the discretion of the faculty by the end of March/beginning of April, and applicants will be notified via email.

Applicants that do not meet the above criteria are strongly encouraged to pursue scholarship opportunities and offerings through their employer, university, funding organization, their home country’s ministry of cultural affairs, education or health, and/or local foundations or groups. Accepted students must seek and secure any financial assistance needed prior to their arrival. For non-US citizens, documentation of sufficient funding is required for a visa.


What housing is available for students in the program?

All students must arrange their own housing. For the ninth year in a row, GHDI has reserved rooms at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), located two blocks from the Harvard School of Public Health. The cost of this reserved housing is $70 per person per night or $420 per person per week (or any 7 consecutive days). There is also a one-time $25 fee for lien rental including a fitted and top sheet, pillow and pillow case, light summer blanket, two towels and a face cloth. 

Past students have enjoyed the convenience and community living with other GHDI students. Students are responsible for making their own reservations directly through MassArt. Accepted students will receive further housing information in April/May.

Students who choose to live elsewhere can refer to Harvard’s Housing Resources webpage for housing suggestions.