320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new university based in Rwanda that is training the next generation of global health professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers, veterinarians, and public health and policy experts, to be leaders and changemakers who strive to deliver equitable, quality health services for all. An initiative of Partners In Health (PIH) led by internationally recognized faculty and staff from around the world, UGHE is an independent, accredited university that builds on PIH’s three decades of experience in delivering health services to some of the world’s poorest communities. By infusing the best new ideas in higher education and experiential learning, and by partnering with faculty from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, the Rwanda Biomedical Center, and other institutions, UGHE students receive an education that takes them out of traditional classrooms and equips them to develop evidence-based solutions to real global health challenges. Modeled after a similar program at Harvard Medical School, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, health finance, and leadership. With a unique focus on practical experiences outside the classroom, the MGHD program ensures that students understand the complexity of delivering care in all settings. MGHD graduates are government officials developing innovative policies to expand life-saving programs. They are clinicians who diagnose and treat physical and social factors that make their patients sick. They lead programs and NGOs that improve health and save lives

Website

  • www.ughe.org
  • An article about UGHE was published by Politico on 1/27/19. You can read the story here.

There are two positions available with UGHE; please specify in your personal statement which one(s) you are applying for.

Position 1: MGHD & Office of Admissions, Records, and Student Services

Summer Project

For the first psition, the intern will work alongside two departments: the Institute of Global Health - Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) as well as the Office of Admissions, Records, and Student Services. The intern’s primary roles under the MGHD will be to provide support in program administration, assist with curriculum development, review in preparation for the new academic year, support in the department’s ongoing research projects, including background research, data analysis, and logistic support. The intern’s primary roles under the Office of Admissions, Records, and Student Services will be establishing and expanding upon the content for UGHE’s Career and Alumni Development Office, including global health and professional tools and trainings for Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) students. S/he will also support in the department’s ongoing research projects, including background research and data analysis.

Responsibilities

  • Review curriculum and syllabi and do background research related to global health content with core MGHD faculty,
  • Support in research,
  • Develop career development resources in line with MGHD career needs,
  • Provide research support, including background research and data analysis, 
  • Help in producing both print and digital career resources for students and alumni use,
  • Help in developing programs with current students to help them stay connected as alumni,
  • Provide administrative support by documenting and updating student’s career interests and
  • Any responsibilities as assigned by the supervisors.

Qualifications

  • Completed coursework in education, global health, public health, and/or international development, Global Health Delivery, Counselling, Educational Development or any other Health related programs. (ideally the SW25/ GENED 1093 course or other courses led by Professor Paul Farmer),
  • Public and/or global health research experience as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or teaching fellow,
  • Experience in other countries in Africa, or strong interest in living abroad,
  • Going into Junior or Senior year of Bachelor’s degree and at least 18 years old,
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work under pressure,
  • Strong management and coordination skills to meet deadlines,
  • Good communication skills,       
  • Willingness to work nights, weekends, and long hours.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage complex and dynamic projects from creation to completion and
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse students and staff across departments,
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to provide comprehensive follow-up,

Position 2: The Center for Gender Equity

Summer Project

The second potion will be with UGHE's Center for Gender Equity. Among the diverse social factors influencing equity in global health service delivery is gender inequity. Gender crosscuts clinical service delivery, academic practices and norms, research, education and awareness and overall strategic planning and implementation of various programmatic activities. Therefore, the Center for Gender Equity was established in 2020 with the purpose of mainstreaming gender in the overall operation of UGHE, specifically the academic, research and community development engagements and organizational practices. The Center for Gender Equity is in the process of developing a Masters program on Gender and Reproductive health. Curriculum and content development activities will be full-fledged in the coming months. In addition, the center aspires to promote/ undertake collaborative research and documentation on gender and global health issues with different partners, on potential calls for research.

Responsibilities

  • Data collection related to all aspects of program
  • Review curriculum and syllabi and do background research related to gender, sexual and reproductive health and global health content with the faculty.  This will be for planned webinars, executive education program and modules that will be prepared for the Masters in Gender and Reproductive Health concentration on UGHE’s Global Health Delivery program.
  • Provide research support, including background research and data analysis for any relevant research that will be ongoing by the Center for Gender Equity, including but not limited to an “Assessment of Barriers to females’ access to medical school education in Rwanda”.
  • Additional responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Going into Junior or Senior year of Bachelor’s degree and at least 18 years old
  • Completed coursework in education, global health, public health, and/or gender
  • Experience in qualitative or quantitative research
  • Interest to work on gender equity issues and reproductive health programs
  • Ability to write or review technical research reports and content 
  • Experience as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or teaching fellow
  • Experience with MOOCs and online education
  • Proficient in English, with excellent writing and editing skills
  • Flexibility and maturity
  • Strong willingness to take initiative
  • Willingness to work long hours, when necessary
  • Meticulous attention to detail

In your personal statement, pelase descirbe what qualities and experiences will you bring into the Center for Gender Equity, to help advance gender related research, education and advocacy.

Work Environment

UGHE is a fast-paced, start-up environment with the opportunity to take on new, innovative projects. The total number of interns for summer 2021 is tbd. We are also currently working remotely at UGHE, and we anticipate that this will continue for sometime due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Independence

On a scale of 0 to 5, the level of internship supervision from very little (0) to a great deal (5) will be a 3. The intern should expect weekly check-in meetings.

Quotes from Previous Fellows

"This summer, I am interning at the University of Global Health Equity, a new and unique health science university in Kigali, Rwanda. My work is geared towards e-learning and shaping course for remote instruction and integrating online features into in-person classes. Most of this support is geared towards their 2-year long Masters in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) and their 6-year long Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery programs. In addition, I am working on the forming and cultivating relationships with simulation labs at other universities globally. It is very rewarding and interesting to learn the ins and outs of instruction at UGHE and meet the incredible team that is behind this quickly developing institution." Nadine Bahour, Summer 2020

"This summer, I am working at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Kigali, Rwanda. UGHE is a health sciences university striving for equitable health delivery, and it provides students with the opportunity to gain perspective about care and become professional global health leaders. As an intern at the Institute of Global Health and Student Services, I am contributing to the formation of UGHE's Career services and assisting with any Student-Service related activities through career services research and forming context-based documents. Additionally, I am researching course materials for the Master in Global Health Delivery Program and contributing to up and rising research projects at the Institute of Global Health. This has been an incredibly transformative experience thus far and I am excited to see what I continue to learn while working in this reflective and progressive space!" Fahima Begum, Summer 2020

"This summer, I am interning at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a new health sciences university based in Rwanda that provides unique interdisciplinary and integrative academic programs to train global health professionals and leaders to deliver equitable, high-quality health services for all. As an intern for the Teaching and Learning team, I facilitate and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of key courses in the 2-year long Master in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) program as well as the new 6-year long Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery programs. It has been a rewarding opportunity to be involved in the creation and progression of such new yet innovative organization, to interact with students - most of whom are already health professionals - from all over the world, and to learn from world-class faculty members at UGHE!" Debbie Chan, Summer 2019

"This summer I was working with the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. I am interning for the Masters in Biology and Bachelors in Surgery program in Butaro. My main focus has been generating new materials and support systems for the inaugural class, who will graduate in 2025. This includes creating on boarding materials for the visiting faculty, doing assessments on what students need help with outside of class, and helping navigate the dynamics of having a world class university situated in a rural village. This program is incredibly rewarding  interns at UGHE have the opportunity to see the direct results of their work because everything is happening in real time, so the materials you produce will be used immediately." Juliette Low Fleury, Summer 2019

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