The greatest challenge to improving healthcare delivery isn’t availability, but access. Join a global health community in this online short course as you analyze the influence that power and social structures have in shaping disease response. Through real-world case studies, you’ll investigate international approaches to fighting Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and MDR-TB, and understand the burden of mental health. You’ll evaluate how ideologies, problem framing, and the choice of metrics shape health policy.
With guidance from expert university faculty, you’ll design your own global health intervention for actual implementation. You’ll also gain the managerial and soft skills to compliment your medical knowledge.Download course prospectus
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
- An action plan to implement health interventions in your particular context
- A biosocial framework to assess how biological and social factors influence the spread of disease
- An understanding of the restrictions and challenges facing healthcare delivery
Is this course for you?
This course is for anyone with a passion for healthcare innovation who is looking for solutions to better serve their communities. This includes professional clinicians as well as established global health leaders such as advisors, policymakers, and government officials. It would also be relevant for investors and donors of global health initiatives, or those working in a multilateral organization, bilateral agency, NPO, or NGO.
Explore the possibilities and constraints of healthcare delivery as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
- Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1 Introduction to the biosocial
- Module 2 Why ideas matter: Social theory in global health
- Module 3 The history of global health and colonial legacy
- Module 4 Political economy and foreign aid
- Module 5 The global AIDS movement
- Module 6 Challenges in healthcare delivery: Lessons from Liberia and Haiti
- Module 7 Building an effective rural health delivery model in Rwanda
- Module 8 Critical perspectives on metrics of disease
- Module 9 The unique challenges of mental health
- Module 10 Values and global health
Course founders and instructors:
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Anthropology Department, Harvard University
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Hear from other expert guest instructors, including:
Physician supervisor for the Zanmi Lasante Department of Mental Health
Senior Advisor for Community Health for Partners In Health
Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity, Faculty Director of the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School
Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, TIME 100 most influential people, 2017 TED Prize Winner, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
PERE EDDY EUSTACHE
Ordained Catholic priest, psychologist and pioneer of a community-based model for mental healthcare
M.D./Ph.D. student in the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania
Doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University
Director of the Community Health unit in the Ministry of Health in Rwanda
District Clinical Director for Partners in Health in Kayonza, Rwanda
President of Solid Africa, an NGO that helps vulnerable patients in public health facilities
Senior lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Minister of Health of Rwanda (2011-2016)
The A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, a joint position between Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine
Rwandan nurse with over a decade of experience working in rural primary care. Director of the Mentoring and Enhanced Supervision at Health Centers Quality Improvement (MESH-QI) program and has worked with Partners In Health since 2005
Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. An instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drobac served as the Executive Director of Partners in Health in Rwanda, IMB
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Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.REGISTER NOW
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WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
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WILL I HAVE THE TIME?
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
CAN MY EMPLOYER ASSIST WITH PAYMENT?
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.
Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.
WHAT IS THE ONLINE CAMPUS?
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.