MMSc-GHD Class of 2015
The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine extends congratulations to the members of our second graduating class of the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program: Jafet Arrieta, Nadege Belizaire, Monica Gonzalez-Bunster, Noel Kalanga, Davis Stephen, and Ariel Wagner.
On May 26, 2015, these six graduates received their diplomas at the Harvard Medical School Master of Medical Sciences ceremony. The graduates also participated in the Harvard University ceremony on May 28, 2015 at the Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard where their Harvard degree were officially conferred.
The Journey to Graduation
The graduates’ two-year journey began with their arrival in Boston in July 2013. Between July and August of that year, our students participated in intensive coursework (including the Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive program) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The cohort’s coursework continued during the fall 2013 semester.
In January 2014, the students visited their research sites as preparation for their in-country projects, returning at the end of the month for their spring 2014 courses. When the semester ended, the students again traveled to their research sites where they worked on their projects until returning to Boston in January 2015. Upon their return to Boston, the students spent the spring 2015 semester completing the final analysis of their projects and preparing to defend their theses.
As MD-MMSc-GHD students, the journey for Ariel and Mac took a slightly different path from their classmates. Ariel and Mac applied to the MMSc-GHD program in their third year at Harvard Medical School and participated in the accelerated track of the program. They graduated with their MMSc-GHD and MD degrees.
Graduates, Theses, and Mentors
Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc
Understanding depression in rural Chiapas: contextualizing quantitative measures and patients' experiences
For her project, Jafet validated two instruments: one to screen for and one to diagnose depression. Additionally, through interviews Jafet explored the experiences of participants living with and seeking care for depression in rural Chiapas, Mexico.
“In the future, I would seek to pursue a leadership role at a governmental or non-governmental organization to lead the implementation of a large scale programs aimed not only at improving the access to timely, equitable and affordable care, and health outcomes for patients but also the efficiency and effectiveness of the health system through a dynamic and multi-sectorial approach.” – Jafet Arrieta, MD
- Molly Franke, ScD
- Giuseppe Raviola, MD, MPH
Nadege Belizaire, MD, MMSc
A qualitative study exploring the experiences of women seeking care for breast cancer in Haiti
Through interviews, Nadege explored the journey or “pelerinaj” of several women seeking treatment for breast cancer in Haiti to understand factors that affect access to care.
"I hope that I can influence the making of policy, structures, and systems that retain health practitioners in the country. I will work hard to connect the health sector with other like social, economic, and cultural sectors in the effort to decrease the burden of disease and death caused by ailments all around Haiti."– Nadege Belizaire, MD
- Carole Mitnick, ScD
- Arlene Katz, EdD
- Annie Michaelis, PhD
Monica Gonzalez-Bunster, MMSc
Quality of life of people with mobility disabilities in Haiti: a mixed methods study
Monica traveled to Haiti to interview people confined to wheelchairs because of mobility disabilities. She used her qualitative results to adapt a survey then given to 120 people living with these disabilities to understand their quality of life.
“My goal is to improve the lives for those with mobility and physical disabilities, to create awareness in health care delivery, and to build a bridge of opportunities that would create life changing opportunities for the less privileged and disabled.” – Monica Gonzalez-Bunster
- Mary Kay Smith Fawzi, ScD
- Andree Leroy, MD
Noel Kalanga, MD, MMSc
Optimizing care for low birth weight infants in rural Malawi
In Neno, Malawi, Noel surveyed households of low birth weight infants and then conducted qualitative interviews with mothers of these infants to understand the challenges mothers face when caring for these vulnerable children.
“My dream is to see best possible quality care being delivered to the rural masses in the developing world. To make such a dream come true it requires real determination from leaders in health care delivery.” —Noel Kalanga, MD
- Louis Ivers, MD, MPH
- Ann C. Miller, PhD, MPH
- Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Davis "Mac" Stephen, MD, MMSc
Understanding the linkage to care for patients with heart failure in rural Haiti
Mac explored structural barriers to care by conducting a retrospective cohort analysis of patients admitted to Mirebalais University Hospital in Haiti with a primary diagnosis of heart failure between October 2013 and September 2014.
“I hope to put my efforts towards diplomatic aspects of health delivery—influencing political and economic willpower on behalf of the underserved, mobilizing resources, and promoting collaboration between academia, public and private institutions to propagate social change.” — Mac Stephen
- Anne Becker, MD, PhD
- Gene Kwan, MD
- Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Ariel Wagner, MD, MMSc
Understanding barriers to neonatal resuscitation at a hospital in Haiti
Ariel gathered quantitative observations of practices and qualitative interviews with care providers to develop an understanding of neonatal resuscitation practices at Hôpital Saint Thérèse d’Hinche in Haiti.
“My goal is to practice clinical medicine and also be involved in teaching local medical students and health workers. If allowed to dream big, I would also hope that my clinical practice would be embedded within a larger, integrated community program to address local needs, such as gardening, income-generating, education, housing and sanitation projects.” —Ariel Wagner
- Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD
- Sara Stulac, MD