The Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) was launched in 2012, so 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the program. Since 2012, the MMSc-GHD program has enrolled 113 students from 38 countries. As of May 1, 2022, we have 75 alumni working in 30 countries across the globe working to alleviate human suffering.
In 2022-2023, we will celebrate the anniversary of the program’s launch with a series of MMSc-GHD 10th Anniversary Alumni panels. Below please find reflections from faculty and alumni on 10 years of the MMSc-GHD program.
Reflections from Program Director Dr. Joia Mukherjee
In January of 2010, after the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer and I met at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. We were surrounded by the collapsed structures of the National University of Haiti Medical School. Right behind the medical school were the ruins of the National University Nursing School, where more than 200 nursing students perished. Through tears, we looked at one another and said one word, “education.” We both recognized that to expand our efforts through Partners In Health and fully leverage the power of our academic partnership with Harvard Medical School, we needed to vastly expand the number of people capable of not only delivering health care to the world’s poorest people but also developing a new paradigm in scholar-activism. Educating this next generation of global health leaders became our principal plan to meet the challenges of disasters, pandemics, and the crushing weight of historical and present-day oppression. While we had long trained doctors, nurses, community health workers, and researchers, we knew that day that we needed to build a legion not only of practitioners of social medicine but of scholars. The acute injury on the chronic suffering of Haitians motivated Paul, me, and many others to increase our efforts to educate practitioners to be scholars that could examine the social roots of ill health and use this scholarship to deliver health care in a more just way. As the earth still trembled on that day in January, we knew our army was too small; we needed it to grow if we were to work toward attaining health as a human right for all. Read more.
We will host events to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the MMSc-GHD in 2022-2023. Join the MMSc-GHD newsletter for updates on the 10th Anniversary. We invite you to learn more about the MMSc-GHD program on this website. If you have additional questions, please email the MMSc-GHD Program.