by admin on October 21, 2012

Thank you for your interest in GlobalHealth Lab, the MIT project class that pairs teams of experienced MBA and PhD students with organizations on the front lines of health care delivery in resource-limited settings. Each project is designed to address a pressing organizational or business need identified by a host organization, and the three-month MIT Spring course is built around the projects. Past projects have benefited our partnering host organizations and enabled an incredible learning experience for MIT students. We’re embarking on our fifth set of projects this year with our new name, GlobalHealth Lab (this course was previously called G-Lab GHD and ghdLAB).

Timeline:  Applications are due by 2 November, 2012, and by early December you’ll know if the project is selected. Your student team would make initial contact with you soon after. The intensive portion of the projects will run from early February to late April 2013. Each student team works full-time with its partnering hosts organization–with your staff, at your site–for the last two weeks of March 2013.

Ready to go?  If you know you want to apply, the first step is to download and review the Note to prospective partners along with the Timeline.  Then download and answer the Initial check and Part One questionnaire, and send back to us. If your project looks to be a good fit for our class, we will contact you with a request to submit Part Two.

Explore if your needs may fit with GlobalHealth Lab:  If you’re not sure whether your potential needs would fit with GlobalHealth Lab, please consider the following questions.

Begin by keeping your key needs in mind: What aspects of your organization’s operations, strategy, or marketing create your biggest challenges or opportunities?

Consider if your answers to this question fits with the GlobalHealth Lab focal areas. Our past experience and conversations with several hundred leaders and staff reveal that many health delivery organizations, whether small or large, for-profit or not, face unmet needs in five broad areas that connect to our teaching and research at MIT Sloan School of Management. By focusing on these themes we enable better learning for the students and help create more valuable contributions for the hosts. This year, we seek projects that address enterprise-level issues that fit into these focal areas:

  • Improving operations, internal processes, and logistics
  • Strategy setting and helping the organization develop as thought leader in the field
  • Technology and software adoption decisions
  • Patient demand and marketing               
  • Analyzing finance and new business models for revenue generation

Another important note: We seek partners who are primarily serving the poor and the underserved in resource-limited setting.

If you feel that your potential project lines up with these considerations, and your location is in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Bangladesh or India, we want to take the next step!


For more information

Contact us by email: ‘at’

Learn about previous projects here
Learn about our focus areas here or download the description of them.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you and are very glad to have the opportunity to work in this important area!


The GlobalHealth Lab Team

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Student Information Program October 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Interesting observation on how prospective partners can shape ones perspective. This is a keeper! Good info! Another good post Ariella.

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