Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Six and a half-year, dual degree

UGHE’s joint Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery/Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MBBS/MGHD) is a six and a half-year, bachelor’s level medical degree coupled with a master’s level global health degree. This program culminates in a hands-on practicum and year-long intensive clinical internship. The MBBS/MGHD degree will equip future physicians with state-of-the-art clinical knowledge and know-how as well as the skills needed to effectively implement innovative public health solutions, lead and manage equitable health systems, and improve the delivery of care in communities across the globe.

Students’ practical education in health care and delivery will be honed in real-world scenarios by meeting and treating patients at home, in community health clinics, and in district and referral hospitals. UGHE’s MBBS/MGHD curriculum will integrate themes including patient care, health sciences, social determinants of health, leadership, and management. This dynamic mix of theory and practice will yield graduates prepared to diagnose and treat not just individual patients and the causes of disease–but improve entire health systems. The program begins with a three-month Prep Phase that helps students manage the transition into a university setting while teaching essential academic skills to ensure that all students are prepared for the rigors of medical school and the MGHD.

The figure above describes the four phases of the MBBS/MGHD program. Clinical work will gradually increase throughout the program. In the final two years of the MBBS/MGHD, students will complete advanced clinical and leadership training and enter one-year Ministry of Health-designated internships.

UGHE’s faculty of local and international implementation experts will deliver world-class instruction that explores the social and systemic forces causing inequities and inefficiencies in health care delivery, preparing students to address some of the most challenging issues in global health. From the first week of instruction, students will be immersed in a rural health care system where they will learn from and work with nurses, community health workers, physicians, social workers, and patients and their families. Students will benefit from an interactive education, with small class sizes in flexible, multi-use spaces that can be configured for unique learning experiences, increasing knowledge transfer, and encouraging collaboration. From the community to the classroom, students will have access to educational resources – including new technologies and diverse faculty – that enhance their global health delivery training. Learn more about UGHE’s campus.

The first class of the MBBS/MGHD program will matriculate in July 2019. UGHE’s first clinical degree only requires students to have completed secondary education, but also welcomes more experienced students. In order to strengthen the region’s health care systems, the inaugural cohort is open to students from Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. In future years, the program will recruit students from other parts of the world. UGHE’s equitable and holistic admission process will ensure that each student is deeply committed to service through health care. The MBBS/MGHD will be accredited in the East African Community. Upon completing the program, students will be able to practice medicine in the region. Candidates must have a commitment to scholastic integrity and to improving the lives of others.

Applications for the inaugural class will open in September 2018. To apply for the MBBS/MGHD program, candidates will be asked to complete an online application and submit supplemental materials. Select applicants who advance in the process will be invited to sit for an entrance exam which includes English comprehension, math, and science assessments. Group and individual interviews will be held as the final round of the admission process.

At UGHE, we believe that a student’s financial capacity should not determine her or his ability to become a clinician and a global health leader. Qualified applicants will be admitted into the MBBS/MGHD program irrespective of their ability to pay tuition. The admission process does not consider an applicant’s financial capacity prior to acceptance. Every effort will be made to provide a comprehensive financial aid package to candidates accepted into the program. UGHE is committed to alleviating the burden of tuition for students through equity-affirmative financial aid policies including payment plans and scholarship opportunities.

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