What you'll learn

  • Identify and integrate caregivers at all levels of intervention and policy design
  • Analyze the relationship between economic development and improved health outcomes
  • Articulate the influence of neoliberalism on global health policy
  • Recognize key stakeholders in the creation and implementation of healthcare delivery models and associated policies
  • Recommend methods to adapt healthcare models from case studies

Course description

The science of global health delivery and healthcare implementation research have served as drivers for measuring the impact and effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

In the Global Health Delivery Online Short Course from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, you’ll design and create a solution for a healthcare problem you firmly believe in.

This online global health course embraces the importance of action, rather than merely pushing for the understanding of theories or best practices associated with global health – ensuring you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of current health challenges.

Course outline

  • Introduction to the biosocial
  • Why ideas matter: Social theory in global health
  • The history of global health and colonial legacy
  • Political economy and foreign aid
  • The global AIDS movement
  • Challenges in healthcare delivery: Lessons from Liberia and Haiti
  • Building an effective rural health delivery model in Rwanda
  • Critical perspectives on metrics of disease
  • The unique challenges of mental health
  • Values and global health


  • Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Anthropology Department; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center, Harvard University; Professor of Medical Anthropology, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University; Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery – Dubai

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Medical School

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