The goal of the Program in Global Health Policy and Social Change is to improve public, health and social policies that impact health and wellbeing globally. Our approach holistic and underscores the connectivity between health, economics, security, conflict, climate and history. We look to strengthen and revise policies that impact equitable development, eradication of poverty, national security, good governance, education, climate among others. The program undertakes three interrelated lines of work: collaborative research, multi-sectoral leadership training and education, and policy advancement. These three work streams comprise a powerful feedback loop between practice and policy formulation that is unique in the field of global health:
The objectives of the Program’s comprehensive approach include:
- Collaborative Research: Enhancing the role of academic medicine to inform global health and health security policy through evidence-based advocacy and by spearheading research with multidisciplinary teams; publishing in a wide array of journals and press to reached currently siloed audiences; and convening stakeholders to inform the framing of the research itself.
- Education and Training: Providing opportunities for multisector stakeholders to jointly explore global health policy through education and training programs. Facilitators and instructors from these programs come from a variety of departments and Harvard affiliates. Opportunities include multidisciplinary training for external stakeholders, as well as targeted research and program opportunities internally including for medical students, residents, and fellows that promotes translation of successful programs in the field into policy discussions and social change.
- Policy Advancement: Advancing evidence-based public policy that affects global health through publications, symposia, convening of stakeholders across sectors, and direct discussion with key policymakers. Outlining and examining the challenges political decisions pose to global health—including policies for trade, economics, allocation and delivery of foreign aid, conflict and war, technology, foreign relations, environment, and agriculture—and offering solutions and recommendations for improving these decisions and policies.