What comes next: New global health delivery and management opportunities at MIT Sloan

by Anjali Sastry on May 5, 2010

Two years, 100 students, and 25 G-Lab GHD projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Malawi taught us about the needs and opportunities for delivering health care in resource-limited settings.

Now a new pair of MIT Sloan courses takes the next step: In the second half of Fall 2010, the new Global Health Delivery and Management, and Spring 2011’s Global Health Delivery Lab.

FALL H2 15.965, Global Health Delivery and Management
New 6-unit class open to all. MW 1:00-2:30. Letter grade.

Modern medicine could reduce disease greatly, yet fails to reach millions in Africa and elsewhere. Innovations in technology, process, and finance may help address the delivery challenges. We’ll explore novel solutions and new business models for delivering health care in resource-limited settings, pairing our study of what works with an exploration of bottlenecks in care delivery. Class features varied case discussions and conversations with experienced implementers. With student-led topic briefings as backdrop, we link to income generation, social enterprise, and sustainability for front-line enterprises. Students choose an organization or program to analyze, sharing operational and strategic insights with the class.

COMING THIS SPRING Global Health Delivery Lab
New full-semester class ends in late April. 9 units + 2 SIP credits to include 2 weeks on site (SIP and Spring Break). Letter grade. Graduate students only. Admission by application and interview. Preference given to students who have completed 15.965 in the Fall.

Focuses on pressing challenges facing a carefully selected set of partner enterprises delivering health care in resource-limited settings in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Built around our projects, class examines relevant frameworks and approaches, with interactive team sessions designed to draw on the entire class. Partners may be clinics, hospitals, or community programs; projects may address strategy, scale and sustainability, business models, or process improvement. Each four-student team spends two mid-semester weeks in their partner organization working on their project, wrapping up in H2. Along the way we tap into a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience in MIT, Boston, and wider communities.

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