The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. Major efforts include developing the science of global health delivery implementation; advancing equity in health care delivery; and educating students and researchers on biosocial determinants of disease, health care delivery, and responsible practice of medicine. The Department is the central structure to help organize global health activities, especially medical education experiences, at Harvard Medical School.

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Latest News

Announcement of the Ronda...

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is delighted to announce that Megan Murray, DPH, MD, has been named the first Ronda Stryker and William Johnston Professor of Global Health

Announcement of the Pershing...

It is with great pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Vikram Patel is joining the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in April 2017 as the first Pershing Square Professor of Global Health


Our Graduate Programs

Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery

The MMSc-GHD combines a rigorous cross-university curriculum focused on the development of the tools needed to perform social and delivery science and policy research in resource limited settings. The core component of the MMSc-GHD is a field-based mentored research project in global health, and students submit a master’s thesis based on this work. Learn more »

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