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GlobalHealth Lab is a graduate-level class at MIT Sloan School of Management that goes beyond traditional boundaries by taking on practical challenges at the front lines of healthcare delivery
GlobalHealth Lab blends classroom learning and carefully designed action-based field projects that are shaped by our partners over the months leading up to the class. Once the semester starts, teams of four MIT MBA or PhD students each partner with an organization on the front lines of care delivery. They collaborate over the course of several months, including an intensive period on site (in Spring 2012, teams were in South Africa, Uganda, India, and Kenya for the second half of March). Students and their partners collaborate on a customized action learning project designed to address factors that limit the enterprise’s delivery of health care to the people who most need it. With MIT faculty, domain experts, the leaders and staff in the partner enterprise, and other stakeholders, students put their management skills to work in a variety of ways. They begin by refining plans, conducting research, developing topical briefings, and planning their field work to make the most of every day they are on the ground. Their task is to bring to bear the best of their MBA toolkit, aiming to deliver a sustained improvement for each host organization by the end of the classroom and field-based components of the course.
The intensive on-site group project puts students to work inside the enterprise alongside its staff while they live and participate in the community. In the third segment of the course, we return to the classroom to distill what we learned in the field and to draw on the thought leadership abundant in the MIT community to reflect on our experiences and to define needs in the emerging field of global health delivery studies.
Our aspiration is for projects to go beyond offering observations or even advice. We aim to enable joint action projects that could deliver lasting improvements by initiating a systematic effort to tackle a pressing constraint or to make the most of an existing opportunity. Our thinking is that by aiming is to get as close as possible to implementation, we offer students the most valuable learning experience and also improve our odds of delivering something of value to the partners. Not only have we made some great new friends in Sub-Saharan Africa and India, but we also now see the potential for an ongoing dialog about the value of management tools and business thinking in health care delivery. The projects have led to multi-year relationships with leaders in healthcare, industry, and the social sector across our partner settings and with MIT alumni in a variety of industries.
Our impact assessment currently underway is documenting the lasting effect of our first 36 projects, some one and two years after the initial work. Stay tuned for more!
Past projects map