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. As of 2008, the Department is the central structure to help organize global health activities, especially medical education experiences, at Harvard Medical School.

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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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M.A. Program in Medical Anthropology

The  M.A. in Medical Anthropology is offered through the Department of Anthropology at The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The program is intended to provide a basic education in medical anthropology, in particular for physicians or other health professionals, and can be completed in an intensive 12 months. Application to the program follows the same procedures as application to the Ph.D. program. Learn More »