320. University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

Please note: You must be a rising junior or senior to apply for this internship.

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

Summer Project:

At UGHE, the intern will work alongside either the Teaching and Learning (T&L) team or the Office of the Vice Chancellor (VC). The T&L intern will support the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of key courses in the MGHD and Executive Education programs. The intern’s primary roles will be to provide support in curriculum development, conduct background research, and analyzing data from course evaluations with the T&L team. The intern will be a key member of the team and will serve as a focal point for students and staff in all things related to the student experience, education technology, teaching, and logistics. The Office of the VC intern will support the VC team with research, administrative, and educational support as needed. The intern’s primary roles will be to provide support in research and writing initiatives of the VC and the VC team members. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, drafting, coordinating with research teams, and supporting with other research and writing tasks.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with evaluating the Evidence-Based Global Health Delivery: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Methods course, which takes place in the spring semester 2018. This will include preparing a comprehensive audit of all teaching and learning activities that took place during the course.
  • Assist with evaluating completed Executive Education programs. This will include preparing a comprehensive audit of all activities that took place during the program.
  • Support the T&L team in the launch of the full-time MGHD program to take place in Butaro, Rwanda.
  • The intern will provide research, administrative, and curriculum development support.
  • Conduct research on online education approaches and transitioning from an in-person to an online/blended MGHD program.
  • Conduct research on Learning Management Systems (LMS’s) and provide recommendations Support the VC team as a knowledgeable, skilled research assistant

Qualifications:

  • Completed coursework in education, global health, public health, and/or international development (ideally the SW25 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 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 nights, weekends, and long hours
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • 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
  • Ability to complete and pass UGHE’s Medical Clearance process

Independence:

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 interning with the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a groundbreaking health sciences university in Rwanda that trains global leaders to deliver high-quality health care. Incubated by Partners in Health, UGHE is a private institution leveraging expertise and resources from the Government of Rwanda, Harvard Medical School, and key partners to create a global forum for delivery-focused teaching, research, clinical care, and implementation. In September 2015, UGHE launched its inaugural Master of Science in Global Health Delivery degree (MGHD), a 2-year, part-time degree for working professionals. It provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, finance, and leadership. I am interning within the Teaching and Learning (T&L) team to facilitate and the support of the development, implementation, and evaluation of key courses in the MGHD program.” – Hueyjong Shih

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