Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery

Director: Joia S. Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine

The Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine offers a Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD).

The Program

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 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:



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 Curriculum

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 Project

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.