Interested in ghdLAB, MIT Sloan’s innovative class that blends classroom learning with on-the-ground field projects to improve healthcare delivery for low-resource settings in India and Africa?
ghdLAB will not be offered in Spring 2012, but it’s slated to be back in a year. Our website offers a wealth of materials on past projects and the class itself.
Special note to MBA students: A small number of special global health delivery projects will be offered instead. If you have a passion for the topic, you may be able to help shape the next iteration of the global health delivery lab course. Eight students will be invited to collaborate with Senior Lecturer Anjali Sastry on course refinement, project research, and impact evaluation in the Spring 2012 semester.
Accepted students will participate in projects, sharing their progress during regularly scheduled meetings. All participants are expected to complete a defined piece of work every week in keeping with a jointly designed workplan. Students should be available to travel to Africa or India for up to two weeks in March, if appropriate. MIT Sloan will cover such travel expenses.
For this structured, full-semester independent study, students will form pairs for projects and research; we’ll also work as a group for collaborative sessions. Our goals are to:
- Evaluate the impact of past ghdLAB projects: Did we help? How? [Each student pair will likely visit one cluster of past projects to conduct research.]
- Define and carry out a small-scale substantive project with a partner in the setting.
- Source, scope, and refine projects for next year.
- Develop a strategic plan for working with potential partner institutions and settings so that the course contributes to knowledge and capacity building both here and in our partner settings.
- Critically review the course design, with inputs to include conversations with local thought leaders, checking in with alumni, and links to other Sloan MBA classes.
We’re looking for people willing to take the initiative, interact with a variety of stakeholders, and plan and manage their own work and travel. This unique opportunity to blend action and reflection in order to shape MIT Sloan’s future efforts in global health delivery and management will be open to only a few students this year. Interested students may apply in writing: please fill out the application and send your resume by November 14, 2011 (student application period is past for 2011).
And this Fall’s H2 class global health delivery and management, 15.S02, places business models at the center, equipping students with essential knowledge for field projects. The 6-unit Fall elective is open to all and offers an excellent preparation for, or post-project reflection on, the field experiences of ghdLAB.