321. Global Health Delivery Project, Boston, MA

The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project was launched in 2007 as an interdisciplinary collaboration between Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Business School. The GHD Project investigates the management decisions behind disease treatment and prevention globally.

These lessons are disseminated through multiple channels developed by the GHD Project, including open-access online professional communities (www.GHDonline.org), teaching case studies (www.ghdonline.org/cases), educational programs, and scholarly publications. GHD’s aim is to create and diffuse knowledge and to train current and future health care leaders to be effective delivery professionals.

Website: www.globalhealthdelivery.org

Summer Project:

The Global Health Delivery Intensive Program (GHDI) is a rigorous three and a half week summer session intended for mid-career global health professionals who seek training in in global health delivery concepts and skills. The program consists of three courses taught at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Epidemiologic Methods for Global Health (ID505), a case-based Introduction to Global Health Care Delivery (GHP532), and Management Practices in Health Care Delivery (GHP555).  The GHDI program is one of GHD’s efforts to expand the educational opportunities in global health delivery, and to convene a new cadre of health professionals trained in delivering value-based health care within their own contexts. Since beginning in 2009, 360+ students from more than 40 countries have been trained. The program will be held from July 5-27, 2018.

The Intern will provide a hands-on role in the day-to-day implementation of the GHDI program, including administrative and curricular research tasks as described below. The position will entail a high level of daily interaction with the ~50 global health professionals who form our student cohort.


1) GHDI Program and GHP555 Management Practices in Health Care Delivery Course Support

  • Assist GHDI program coordinator with daily course logistics, including classroom media/slides set up, preparing and distributing materials and name cards, welcoming guest faculty, posting assignments and announcements on the course website, greeting students before class, gathering/fielding student questions, etc.
  • Create student facebook and "Day in the Life" slideshow.
  • Attend GHP555, Management Practices in Health Care Delivery, on a daily basis; take student attendance and notes on material covered.
  • Assist with GHDI event planning and logistics (student welcome gathering, graduation reception).
  • Assist GHP555 course instructor with daily slide deck preparation and research tasks pertaining to management practices and global health.
  • Assist students in forming after-class study groups and booking rooms for study groups

2) GHDI Student Experience Data Collection and Evaluation

  • Assist with collection of GHDI student experience data through interviews and focus groups:
    • Help conduct 10-15 minute individual student interviews (number TBD)
    • Develop interview questions
    • Recruit students to participate
    • Transcribe individual interviews
  • Help develop and distribute the course evaluation to all students; help synthesize results into a report for the directors and faculty

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in global health (either through study or work experience) is a plus.
  • Experience in offering hands-on classroom support is valuable but not required.
  • Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and a high degree of professionalism are necessary for success in this role.

Work Environment:

The work environment at the Global Health Delivery Project embodies a strong team spirit and a high level of professionalism.  The Intern will work primarily with the GHDI Program Coordinator and the GHP555 course instructor on a daily basis both in the office and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  There may be some collaboration between the GHDI Intern and other interns working with the course instructors for the GHP532 course and the ID505 course.  The Intern will also participate in GHD team meetings on a weekly basis.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 7.

Brief description from the Summer 2017 Fellow:

“This summer I am assisting the Global Health Delivery Project with their Global Health Delivery Intensive; a program that brings mid-career health professionals from around the world to teach them about global health delivery problems and improvements and engage with them about the state of global health in their countries and beyond. I am primarily helping with this program, doing logistical work, engaging with the students and assisting the courses. I am also helping with other case study work coming through the office and assisting with research in the department to create a global health platform that allows global health professionals around the globe to debate and contribute to ideas and improvements about global access to health care around the world.” - Fatima Fairfax


See also: See All, DGHI, Boston