Master of Science in Global Health Delivery

Two-year, Part-time degree


Launched in September 2015, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) is UGHE’s flagship academic program. Modeled after a similar program at Harvard Medical School, the MGHD provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience fundamentally rooted in the principles of global health, One Health, epidemiology, global health policy, management, health finance, and leadership.

The MGHD curriculum uses innovative learning methodology and pedagogy to address complex challenges by investigating emerging delivery systems. With faculty from Harvard Medical School, Yale University, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, and the Rwanda Biomedical Center, our dynamic team of educators empowers students to drive transformational, systemic changes in health systems.

Students complete their degree in tandem with their full-time job. They receive individual mentorship throughout the MGHD program. In addition, students gain practicum experience, which fosters career development and professional networking, and equips them with effective problem-solving skills. Current MGHD students derive from a variety of health disciplines including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, agricultural scientists, NGO managers, and public servants.

Courses for the MGHD Class of 2019 will begin in September of 2017. Convening one night per week in Kigali and one weekend per month at the university’s temporary campus at Rwinkwavu Hospital’s Center for Operational Training and Research, UGHE trains students in both urban and rural settings.  


MGHD Schedule

  Year One Year Two
Term One
  • Principles of Global
    Health Equity  
  • Managing Global Health Care Delivery
  • Mentored Practicum I
January  Term
  • Challenges in Global
    Health Care Delivery
  • Health Policy and Political Economy 
Term  Two
  • Evidence-based Global
    Health Delivery: Program
    Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Methods
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mentored Practicum II

Cost and Financial Aid

The total cost to enroll as a member of the MGHD Class of 2019 is outlined below. Our combined Two-year Tuition and Related Fees must be paid according to a schedule agreed upon between the applicant and UGHE’s financial office. To accept a place in the MGHD Class of 2019, Rwandans or nationals from other East African Community countries will be required to make a one-time deposit of 415,000 Rwandan Francs or $500 USD, while citizens of all other nations must make a one-time deposit of $750 USD. Deposits are credited towards the Two-year Tuition and Related Fees and are due by 30 June, 2017. 

  Rwandan and EAC Nationals Non-EAC Nationals
Two-year Tuition and Related Fees* 13,700,000 RWF or
$16,500 USD 
$24,500 USD

*Two-year Tuition and Related Fees for the MGHD Class of 2019 include all required learning materials, room and board for weekend and intensive sessions, necessary transportation, and use of a laptop computer for the duration of the program.

At UGHE, we do not believe that a student’s financial capacity should determine his or her ability to become a global health leader. We are committed to working with students to help them afford their MGHD degree, in two meaningful ways. Upon acceptance into the MGHD program, students will have the opportunity to apply for a UGHE scholarship. Eligibility for a UGHE scholarship is determined based on merit, financial need, and diversity.

Additionally, UGHE also allows MGHD students to spread out their tuition into smaller, more manageable payments. Students have the option to be invoiced once per semester (4 payments) or once per month (21 payments). For students who may need longer than the the time allotted, we offer the option to extend monthly payments a year beyond their studies (33 payments), although UGHE cannot issue a diploma or official transcript until all tuition payments are completed.

In addition to applying funds from any UGHE scholarships received, our students typically meet their tuition requirements through a combination of employer support, private loans, and personal funds.

Frequently Asked Questions


“MGHD graduates will be leaders in all aspects of the delivery system, from public policy and education through service delivery.”

Dr. Joseph Rhatigan, UGHE Visiting Faculty