By Amy Scheffler, Global Health Delivery Project, Harvard University

Update: Course application deadline extended to March 1, 2012.

Are you a public health specialist, medical leader, or mid-career health practitioner? Do you have a passion for improving service delivery to patients?


Participants from last summer's Global Health Effectiveness Program.

This summer, PIH's partners at the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University is offering a special intensive three-week Global Health Effectiveness (GHE) Program. The course will provide in-depth learning in value-based health care delivery from renowned leaders in the field, including PIH co-founder Paul Farmer and PIH Chief Medical Officer Joia Mukherjee.

Students in the program are required to take three courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, each with a different teaching approach. The curriculum features seminar-style lectures and problem sets in epidemiology, global health delivery case study analysis, and the opportunity to hear from experts’ first-hand perspectives and experiences in management science.

For the past four years, GHE has enabled and empowered more than a hundred health care professionals to effectively design and manage programs that improve health outcomes for the populations they serve. Past participants represent a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds and hail from the far stretches of the globe, from Haiti, to Ethiopia, Kenya to India. GHE alumni range from a public health doctor in South Korea to a Global Health Fellow with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima in Rwanda.

One 2010 GHE alum credits the program as inspiration for developing a community health program. This new program is based on a case study covered in the course on the successes of a community health worker project in Maharashta, India. “[The GHE program provided] a valuable opportunity to learn from and apply the lessons of others to my own work,” says 2009 GHE alum Dan Schwarz, Chief Operating Officer for Nyaya Health, a nonprofit that operates a hospital and mobile medical care services in Achham, a large rural district in western Nepal.

The 2012 program runs July 5 through July 27, and will be held at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston, Massachusetts.  GHE is co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, under the direction of Harvard faculty on the staff of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

Learn more and apply.