Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery
Director: Joia S. Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is pleased to announce the new Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD).
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. Students will submit a master’s thesis based on this work. Please note that this program does not offer clinical training, and that there is neither coursework nor project work involving direct patient care.
The first cohort of students is featured in this brief video clip.
Why choose to pursue this MMSc-GHD?
- Students will complete a mentored research project focused on delivering health care in a low-resource setting.
- The projects will be directly relevant to care delivery.
- Students will actively work on innovations to deliver health care with an equity agenda.
The course curriculum will introduce students to the key problems and methodologic approaches relevant to global health delivery research. Courses will cover quantitative methods, qualitative methods, approaches to monitoring and evaluation, global health delivery and research ethics, and theoretical perspectives from the social sciences relevant to medicine. Courses will be offered through Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Business School. The courses will prepare students to situate global health work in its broad social, economic, and political contexts. In addition, social science and mixed methods analytics will prepare students to assess the needs of a population, the feasibility of a delivery program, its effectiveness, and the resources and political will required to scale pilot projects into larger programs.
The mentored research project will give students significant hands-on experience and allow them to participate in the design, conduct, and evaluation of an innovative global health delivery program. Beyond developing skills in global health delivery, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the quality of health care delivery at the sites where they work, to enhance the training available to local clinical staff, and to contribute to the growing knowledge base that is transforming global health.
All students in this program are required to perform non-clinical work in a health delivery setting through the on-site project. The requirement is an integral part of the program curriculum since students earn academic credits for the on-site project. Program staff will assist students developing suitable projects. Students may choose to conduct their research either in a resource poor area in the United States or in developing countries such as (but not limited to) Bangladesh, Chile, Haiti, India, Liberia, the Navajo Nation, Peru, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Students may work with an American employer or with a non-American organization in the U.S. or abroad.
- The MMSc-GHD is open to mid-career clinicians and professionals seeking new training to develop their careers in global health; medical students; students in other health-related graduate programs; residents, fellows, and other clinicians in training.
- The MD-MMSc-GHD is open to students currently enrolled as MD students at HMS. These students apply during their third year at HMS and they begin the program after completing Principal Clinical Experience. For more information, please contact Christina Lively.
Medical students at universities other than HMS are invited to apply for the two-year MMSc-GHD degree. Applicants need not have clinical training to apply, but should demonstrate a strong interest in global health delivery.
Students will earn a total of 64 credits, 32 credits through the required core courses in the summer (8 credits), fall (16 credits), and spring (16 credits), and 32 credits from the mentored research project: 1 month initial site visit in January, 8 months of full time work from June to January during year 2, and 3 months of full time work (follow up visits, analysis, write-up) during February to May of Year 2.
Tuition for the program is $32,000 for each of two years ($64,000 total). The annual cost of attendance for the single-degree MMSc program is estimated to be approximately $67,100 per year (this includes tuition, fees and living expenses) plus the cost of travel to the student’s mentored research site. See a more detailed budget.
The Harvard Medical School MMSc degree programs are need-blind in their candidate selection process and have no knowledge of a candidate’s financial situation nor do they consider ability to pay in the evaluation of a candidate’s application.
Students accepted into the MMSc degree programs have access to financial assistance through federal and private loans and the individual academic program’s resources. Due to limited resources, the program cannot always meet the financial need of students.
Online Information Session
A recording of the October 26, 2012, online information session for the MMSc-GHD program is available through the link below. We recommend that you begin listening at 3 minutes into the program. Please note that this was our first ever WebEx session, so there were some small technical issues with sound and “flow”. We hope that this session is useful to you, and welcome you to email any further questions.
Online information session
The application process for the cohort beginning in July 2013 is closed.
The application process will begin in September 2013 for the cohort beginning in July of 2014. The application form will be posted on this website. Please email Christina Lively if you wish to be reminded about the application deadlines.
For more information, please contact Christina Lively.