Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact mghd@ughe.org

Academics

Is UGHE an accredited institution?

UGHE is a fully accredited Rwandan university. Graduates from the MGHD program are competitive candidates for future employers and educational opportunities.

What degrees are currently offered?

UGHE currently offers a Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD), a one-year, full-time degree program in Butaro, a rural town in Rwanda. Learn more about UGHE’s MGHD program.

Can I apply for the two-year, part-time MGHD program?

UGHE’s two-year, part-time MGHD program phased into a full-time program in 2017. In the future, the part-time MGHD program will transition to a blended learning model, combining online coursework with in-person residencies. For the 2018-2019 academic year, UGHE will only offer the one-year, residential MGHD program.

Can I complete the MGHD online?

UGHE does not currently offer remote participation in the MGHD program; however, UGHE plans to launch a blended MGHD program soon.

What are the fieldwork/Practicum opportunities?

During the Mentored Practicum, students will work in groups to carry out a research, implementation, or quality improvement project for a partner organization. Each group will be mentored by a UGHE faculty member and a preceptor from the partner organization (which may be outside of Rwanda). In collaboration with stakeholders from the organization, students will propose and design a project that will address a challenge the partner organization is facing. Students will then travel to the site of their partner organization to implement the project. After 12-weeks onsite, students will return to campus and produce tangible academic deliverables as well as products for wider dissemination, including recommendations for system improvement, training programs, future research, program evaluation, and policy memos. View the MGHD course catalog.

Who are the MGHD faculty members?

MGHD faculty members come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and share a passion for and expertise in global health delivery and equity. They come from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Partners In Health, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Biomedical Center, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health. Meet our faculty!

Admission

When do applications for the MGHD open?

The application will be open from November 1, 2017 to February 12, 2018 for the cohort, Class of 2019, starting in September 2018. Apply now!

What are the requirements for admission?

The MGHD program targets candidates eager to refine and diversify their global health delivery skills. We welcome candidates holding at least a bachelor’s degree and candidates from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The MGHD aims to educate students who have a global interest, a commitment to leadership, and a desire to address issues of inequity and disparity through health delivery. Candidates must be committed to high academic integrity. For more information on the application process, visit our Admission page.

Does the MGHD program accept international applicants?

Yes! UGHE values diversity and welcomes applicants from around the globe.

If my transcripts and diplomas are not in English, do I need to get them translated?

Yes. If your transcripts are not in English, you must submit notarized, translated copies of your transcripts and diplomas, as well as copies in their original language. All transcripts and diplomas will be verified by an international transcript verification body.

If I am accepted into the MGHD Class of 2019  but choose not to attend, can I defer my acceptance?

Acceptance into the MGHD Class of 2019 does not guarantee acceptance in the future. If an applicant chooses to decline his/her offer, s/he is required to reapply for admission.

I applied to the MGHD program last year but wasn’t accepted. Can I reapply?

Applicants who have applied to the MGHD program in the past but have been unsuccessful are encouraged to reapply.

Financial Assistance

How much does the MGHD cost?

Tuition and costs for the MGHD is $54,000 USD. Tuition must be paid to UGHE according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. View the MGHD tuition structure

What financial support is available?

UGHE offers scholarships to outstanding students based on merit, financial need, and diversity. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. In addition to general scholarship support, UGHE has named scholarships for women and One Health leaders. Tuition requirements are typically met through a combination of funding mechanisms, including government scholarship support, training or study fellowships, private loans, and UGHE scholarship support. Learn more about financing your education.

What will I need to submit with my application for financial aid?

In order to be considered for a UGHE scholarship, MGHD candidates will be asked to submit an overview of their financial history including a statement of earnings, documentation of current loans and personal assets, and an outline of additional financial obligations.

Student Life

Will I have time to work?

Because the MGHD is a full-time, intensive program, students are encouraged not to seek out employment. Additionally, given the campus’s rural location, local employment opportunities are limited.

Are there accommodations available?

All MGHD students will be provided with on-campus housing. Learn more about UGHE’s campus.

Is airfare/transportation to and from Rwanda included?

Airfare to and from Rwanda is not provided by UGHE; however, transportation within Rwanda is provided for UGHE-related activities.

What materials will UGHE provide for my studies?

Students are provided with all academic content in the form of books, manuals, online tools, and video and audio recordings throughout the program. These materials are of no additional cost to the students.

Career Services

Does UGHE offer alumni and networking services?

The UGHE Alumni Council was established in May 2017 to promote and encourage a continuing interest in UGHE, life-long connections, and advisory role to UGHE administrators. The Council also seeks to advise on the development of programs, services, and resources through organizational structure and coordinated efforts to promote academic, research, advocacy, and professional advancement of its members. The Council is engaged in organizing networking events and professional development resources and services.