The goal of the Program in Global Health Policy and Social Change is to help improve public and social policies related to global health care and thereby also improve policies for development, eradication of poverty, education, good governance, and a safe environment. The objectives of the Program’s comprehensive approach include:
- Enhancing the role of academic medicine to inform global health policy through research and publication, in order to improve population and individual health in resource-poor settings.
- Providing opportunities to explore global health policy through education, research, and training, including:
- Multidisciplinary training for medical students, residents, and fellows that promotes translation of successful programs in the field into policy discussions and social change.
- 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.
- Providing evidence-based advocacy in public policy that affects international health, including publications, symposia, participation in conferences, and direct discussion with key policymakers.