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Update: download new flyer:  BizModels4GlobalHealth FallH2 MW4 pm

MBA ‘13s, Sloan Fellows, and others: Learn what works—and what doesn’t—in innovative startups and inspiring leading-edge organizations that are remaking healthcare delivery globally

MIT Sloan School of Management
Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health


Instructor: Anjali Sastry
TA: Anya Priester
Offered Fall, H2, Letter graded, 6 units
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm E62-223

Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health examines how innovations in business models, operations, strategy, collaboration, and design are now delivering needed health care in resource-limited settings—and explores how to improve performance further. With enterprises as our focus, we link an informative set of readings with compelling case studies and lively class discussions and exercises. Our tools include system dynamics, design thinking, and strategic analysis, along with other business approaches that help account for success and failure in innovative healthcare delivery. Many class sessions feature thought leaders from the field, among them founders of non-profits with international reach, operational and strategy experts behind some of the most effective global health organizations, and successful business leaders in low-resource settings.

Innovation in health care delivery is taking place in for-profit and non-profit enterprises, and at the private-public interface, in Africa, Latin America, India, and elsewhere. Our analysis of novel business models draws on real-world data via case studies, videos, industry reports, and research. Students share insights by presenting their own studies. To bring our learning back home, we conclude by discussing we learn from low-resource settings where enterprises must do more with less.

Formerly titled Global Health Delivery and Management, 15.S02 is an innovative approach to a domain where MIT Sloan is playing a leading role by focusing on the last mile challenges of healthcare delivery. Students interested in the Spring action learning course, Global Health Delivery Lab, will benefit from taking Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health. Note that this course is not a prerequisite for ghdLAB but will increase an applicant’s chances of acceptance to the Spring lab class.

No required pre-requisites, but MIT or cross-registered graduate students who have not taken at least three management or business classes must apply to the instructor for permission to enroll, before the first day of class. No exceptions will be made. Restricted to graduate level students only.

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great content from past offerings of the class.


Clean water and surgery: Not "either" but "both"?

November 11, 2011

Is surgery beyond the reach of the world’s poor? And how do we reconcile the issues involved with increasing access to surgery with the widespread need for water and sanitation?   A case example inspired by Dr. Robert Riviello, trauma and acute care general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, gave us some big questions more »

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technology: the glamorous and the grinding

December 4, 2010

Can we make process, management, and systems a bit less dreary and a bit more glam? So, we’re at MIT, where technology is in the air, and I have my own personal obsessions with technology–witness my (often flawed) forays into twitter, delicious, and too many mobile phones, along with plenty of other tech tools. Working more »

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Can a franchise deliver global health?

November 20, 2010

Can franchises deliver better and more health care cost-effectively in places where current system fall short, and along the way equip a cadre of microentrepeneurs to spur economic development? We looked at the issues again this year: first, to explore what franchising entails, next, to study one chain of franchise clinic-pharmacies operating in Kenya and more »

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Health care delivery constraints: Internet access

May 16, 2010

What have we learned from two years, 100 students, and 25 G-Lab GHD projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Malawi? That we are lucky to partner with amazing leaders and organizations to learn first-hand about the needs and opportunities for delivering health care in resource-limited settings.  That in some more »

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healthcare innovation in the developing world

April 13, 2010

Here’s how Lord Nigel Crisp put it in a January 2010 Times opinion piece: In temporary clinics in the slums of Asia and rundown hospitals in Africa I met remarkable people who were finding new solutions and working out how to use the materials at hand to provide for patients……Unconstrained by our history, they train more »

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Zanmi Zanmi Lasante

February 11, 2010

Clearly, I speak no Kreyòl, but the idea I was aiming for with this heading that plays on the “Friends in Health” translation of Zanmi Lasante: we’ve been thinking of our friends at Partners In Health in Haiti. Exactly a year ago, Dr Louise Ivers joined some 50 MIT students and several faculty for a more »

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timely information

January 13, 2010

Our colleagues at the Global Health Delivery Project aim to systematize the study of health care delivery, to disseminate new learning to practitioners, and to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings.  G-Lab GHD was designed to respond this call by building new modes of collaboration to address the practical challenges of health care delivery, drawing more »

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