Frequently Asked Questions

Applications for GHDI 2020 will be available during December 2019. 
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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 scholarships for students meeting specific criteria. Full scholarships 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: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, 
    China, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, 
    Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nepal, 
    Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia. Somalia, South Africa, 
    Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, 
    Turkmenistan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
  • Professional role: Preference will be given to students who will have a significant 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.

GHDI does not offer any scholarships other than through the Dubai Center. 


What housing is available for students in the program?

All GHDI students must arrange their own housing. 
Past GHDI students have stayed in dorm style 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 ranges based on single or shared room and dorm building.
Single rooms range from $63-$75 per night, and $378-$450 per week.
Shared rooms range from $46-$57 per night, and $276-$342 per week.
Contact for information and reservations. 
Students who choose to live elsewhere can refer to Harvard’s Housing Resources webpage for housing suggestions. Please be cautious when considering sites such as Craigslist for short term housing.