Frequently Asked Questions

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

When do applications for the MGHD open?

The MGHD program welcomes a new cohort of students every September. Applications  for the MGHD Class of 2020 for classes starting September 2018 will open in February 2018.

What is the admissions process?

Applications are submitted online. Each applicant is asked to provide a current CV or resume, in addition to all applicable academic transcripts. In addition to demographic information, applicants are required to answer four essay questions. After the Admissions Committee reviews all applications, select candidates are invited to sit for an entrance examination, and a subset of those candidates are invited for in-person interviews.

What is the MGHD admissions committee looking for in a candidate, and what specific qualifications or prerequisites are necessary to apply?

The MGHD program targets professionals eager to refine and diversify their global health delivery skills. We welcome candidates from diverse professional backgrounds including clinicians, veterinary scientists, ministry and government staff, nongovernmental and nonprofit employees, and private sector staff focused on global health delivery.

In addition to a bachelor’s (or medical) degree and five years of prior work experience, the MGHD aims to educate students who have a global interest, commitment to leadership, and desire to address issues of inequality and disparity through health delivery. Students must be simultaneously committed to high academic integrity and outstanding professional performance, as the MGHD is completed in tandem with one’s full-time job.

I applied to the MGHD program last year, but wasn’t accepted. Am I eligible to apply again?

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

Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation with my application?

Applicants are not required to submit a letter of recommendation. Sometimes, applicants choose to submit supporting documents on their own accord. In the past we have received employer and professor recommendations, professional references, certificates of completion for continuing education courses, and TOEFL scores. While these may be reviewed, the Admissions Committee will only consider a candidate’s application, entrance exam score, and interview score.

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

Acceptance into previous MGHD cohorts does not guarantee acceptance into future intakes. If an applicant chooses to decline their offer into the MGHD program, they must reapply.

Does the MGHD program accept international applicants?

Our MGHD program welcomes applicants from around the globe. Students must be available to attend all academic commitments throughout the program. Class takes place through a week-long intensive at the start of each semester, one weekend residency each month, and a weekly evening class during the term. All sessions are held in Rwanda. View Our Academic Calendar

The two-year, part-time degree is completed in tandem with students’ full-time work; therefore, we encourage international applicants to actively seek employment opportunities with Rwanda-based organizations. Students’ work environments serve as the site of their mentored practicum, integrating classroom- and field-based learning.

In addition, reasonable accommodations are made during the admissions process for international applicants to sit for entrance exams online. We do not require applicants to travel to Kigali for interviews and examinations if they are located outside of Rwanda.

At this time, UGHE does not have the capacity to provide housing for international students.

Can I complete the MGHD online?

UGHE does not offer online courses or remote participation in the MGHD program. As the university grows, we hope to incorporate a blended learning approach, however, at this time, all courses must be completed in-person.

Is UGHE an accredited institution?

UGHE is a fully accredited Rwandan university. The MGHD program, and all future programs, carry the same weight as any other international degree. Currently, there are not relevant international accrediting bodies for our MGHD degree. We take great pride in the caliber of both our curriculum and faculty and recognize that the strength and value of our MGHD program is in its uniqueness. Graduates from our MGHD program will be competitive candidates for future employers. As we continue to grow our university we will seek program-specific international accreditation, where relevant.

How much does the MGHD cost?

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, students will be required to make a one-time deposit of 415,000 Rwandan Francs or $500 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.

Does the University provide financial support?

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. We do this in two meaningful ways. First, upon acceptance into the MGHD program, students will have the opportunity to apply for a UGHE scholarship. (For more information on this process, see Do I qualify for a UGHE scholarship? below.) Secondly, UGHE also provides the opportunity for 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 time allotted, we also offer the option to extend monthly payments a year beyond their studies (33 payments), although we cannot issue a diploma or official transcript until all tuition payments are completed.

In addition to applying the funds from any UGHE scholarships received, our students typically meet their tuition requirements through a combination of employer support, private loans, and personal funds. We recommend that individuals applying for the MGHD program take the initiative to research external funding opportunities in advance of their acceptance into the program.  

Do I qualify for a UGHE scholarship?

High-quality applicants are admitted into the MGHD program irrespective of their ability to pay tuition. Upon acceptance into the program, prospective students will have the opportunity to apply for a UGHE scholarship. Eligibility for a UGHE scholarship will be determined based on merit, financial need, and diversity. In order to be considered for a UGHE scholarship, students must 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. Financial need will be determined on an individual basis and only after a full assessment of a student’s financial capacity.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in advance of the MGHD decision deadline, and UGHE scholarships are awarded for the duration of the two-year program.

How much scholarship support is available?

UGHE has provided over 350,000,000 RwF (more than $400,000 USD) in scholarships since 2015, and over 80% of MGHD students have received some scholarship funding. For students who do receive a UGHE scholarship, the amount is tailored to their financial capacity. Two-year scholarship awards typically range between 1,650,000 and 10,725,000 RwF ($2,000 and $13,000 USD).

What materials will UGHE provide for my studies?

All MGHD students will receive a laptop for the duration of their coursework, loaded with all necessary course software. Additionally, 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.

Where in Rwanda are classes held?

Wednesday evening classes are hosted in Kigali and weekend sessions are hosted at the Rwinkwavu Hospital’s Center for Operational Training and Research in Kayonza District. Transportation is provided from Kigali to Rwinkwavu and back, as well as room and board while there. Faculty and staff are available to meet with students outside of class by phone and in-person in Kigali, Rwinkwavu, and other locations across Rwanda depending on availability.

What are the course descriptions for the MGHD program?

The following courses are foundational components of the MGHD program:

  • Principles of Global Health Equity  comprehensively and creatively explores historical, political, scientific, and practical approaches to existing and emerging global health problems, including those affecting animals and the environment. Students assess concepts through a biosocial lens, incorporating cultural, societal, economic, environmental determinants of global health, and health disparities. They investigate ethical issues involving global health practice, research, and governance.
  • Evidence-based Global Health Delivery: Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Methods introduces students to the application of fundamental analytic and investigative tools including epidemiology, biostatistics, and qualitative research methods. Students learn how to use data to design and evaluate the impact of health care delivery interventions, and how to be critical consumers of scientific evidence and policy.
  • Challenges in Global Health Care Delivery engages students in the analysis of case studies that illustrate principles and frameworks for the design of effective global health interventions. Students solve problems using an 8-step, data- and analysis-driven approach to clearly articulate the problem and objective, conduct a root cause analysis, generate and select solutions, and plan for implementation and evaluation.
  • Managing Global Health Care Delivery identifies and assesses the factors influencing health care delivery. Students use leadership and strategic thinking skills to define problems, set priorities for improvement, create action plans, develop and manage timelines, and implement solutions to address problems faced by health service delivery and finance organizations.
  • Health Policy and Political Economy provides an overview of current global health governance systems. It introduces principles of policy analysis while exploring political landscapes, employs basic theories of development economics, and surveys the political history of global development.
  • Leadership and Management trains students to effectively manage change, people, and one’s self, as well as how to carry out effective and efficient project management. Students design action plans and implement solutions that address challenges faced by health service delivery organizations. They also train and mentor others in the field of global health delivery while engaging in practices that lead to lifelong learning as well as personal and professional development (public speaking, professional networking, conference participation, etc.). Students learn how to use leadership to promote organizational development and how to provide constructive feedback to subordinates, peers, and superiors.
  • The Mentored Practicum provides a mentored space for the design and execution of a practicum project, which is implemented at one’s worksite. Through this process, students utilize principles of evidence-based management to translate research into practice and to improve healthcare delivery and systems. They demonstrate leadership in promoting organizational development, training and mentoring colleagues in global health delivery practices, addressing complex operational challenges effectively and efficiently, and engaging in practices that foster lifelong learning and personal and professional development.
Can I audit MGHD classes if I am not enrolled in the MGHD program?

Unfortunately, due to the small class size, the participatory and active MGHD learning model, and the high faculty to student ratio the program prioritizes, we cannot accommodate auditors. However, if there are specific class sessions you are interested in attending, please email mghd@ughe.org to inquire about sitting in on a class. UGHE faculty are generally happy to have a limited number of guests attend a class, as long as it is scheduled and approved ahead of time.

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. This year’s program includes faculty from leading academic and medical institutions including Harvard Medical School, Yale University, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, and the Rwanda Biomedical Center. Meet our faculty!

What are the fieldwork or practicum opportunities offered through the MGHD?

The MGHD incorporates both fieldwork opportunities and practicum project preparation throughout the two-year program. Students meet international and Rwandan global health delivery experts as they undertake diverse site visits aimed at inspiring and fostering professional connections and networking opportunities.

Practicum preparation begins during the first year as students build management, leadership, scientific, and strategic problem-solving skills to thoroughly realize a relevant, professionally beneficial, and academically challenging practicum project during the second half of the MGHD program within their worksite.

What is the MGHD academic schedule for the cohort starting September of 2017?

MGHD students complete their degree over the course of two years through a scheduling model that mostly incorporates evenings and weekends.

Orientation for the MGHD Class of 2019 is on 9 September, 2017, followed by a week-long intensive session from 17-22 September, 2017 in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. Orientation allows students to get to know one another and to build a community with peers, program faculty, local leaders, scholars, global health delivery practitioners, and administrators.

The MGHD Class of 2019 students will meet most Wednesday evenings during each semester for a seminar focused on exploring course themes in greater depth, preparing for practicum success, and exposing students to professional global health delivery opportunities utilizing fieldwork and site visits. Wednesday seminars will convene weekly during the academic year: September-December and January-May.

Students will spend one weekend per month during the academic year for in-residency learning intensives in Rwinkwavu. Students will kick off the second semester with a week-long intensive in Rwinkwavu in January.

Are students required to attend all classes?

Students must be available for all class commitments per the schedule. MGHD administrators understand that unavoidable schedule conflicts occasionally arise, affecting one’s ability to attend all scheduled activities; however, students will face academic consequences for missing class.