Master of Science in Global Health Delivery

Course Catalog

Principles of Global Health Equity provides an interdisciplinary introduction to global health equity. It frames global health using a biosocial perspective, in order to better understand and critique efforts to deliver equitable health care throughout the world. The course draws from social theories, One Health, as well as various disciplines, including history, anthropology and epidemiology, to analyze and to explain global health challenges and attempts to address them.

Challenges in Global Health Care Delivery: Global Health Delivery Case Studies and Strategic Problem Solving is a two-part course that engages students in the analysis of case studies to illustrate principles and frameworks for the design of effective interventions. Students will learn how to apply the Strategic Problem Solving approach to clearly articulate a health related problem and objective, conduct a root cause analysis, generate and select solutions, and plan for implementation and evaluation.

Evidence-based Global Health Delivery: Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Methods introduces students to fundamental research designs and monitoring and evaluation tools, conveying basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics and exploring the strengths and limitations of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs to answer various research questions. Students learn to use data to design and evaluate the impact of health care delivery interventions and also to be critical consumers of scientific research and policy.

Leadership and Management is designed to train students to effectively manage change, people, and one’s self, as well as how to carry out effective and efficient project and team management. Students design personal leadership action plans and implement solutions that address challenges faced by health service delivery organizations. Students learn how to use leadership to promote organizational development, provide constructive feedback, work effectively across cultures, and develop their networking and influencing skills. These competencies are engaged through active and reflective learning that can can be immediately applied in the workplace and in their personal and professional development.

Managing Global Health Care Delivery reviews strategy and management practices in global health programs and explores the essential components of high-value programs. This course trains managers to apply, to test, and to refine current frameworks in health care delivery. Students will learn important managerial, administrative, and financial tools and theories to define and to achieve organizational goals and to create programmatic implementation plans. Students will study the theory and practice of health care delivery, the role of different organizations within the health system, how they function in relation to one another, and how leaders can effect change. The course highlights the array of stakeholder relationships which characterize global health, including relationships with purchasers, government leaders, health care providers, NGOs, and patients.

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.

Practicum provides a mentored space for the design and execution of a practicum project. Students will work in groups to carry out a research, implementation, or quality improvement project for a partner organization. Each group will be overseen by a UGHE faculty member and a preceptor from the partnering organization. In collaboration with stakeholders from the organization, students will propose and design a project that will address a challenge the partnering organization is facing. They will travel to the location of their host organization (this may be outside of Rwanda) and work onsite closely with the stakeholders within and served by the organization for 12 weeks to complete the field-based component of the project. During and after their placements, students will produce tangible academic deliverables and develop products for wider dissemination, such as recommendations for system improvement, training programs, future research, program evaluation, and policy memos. Through this process, students will utilize principles of evidence-based management to translate research into practice and to improve health care delivery and systems. They demonstrate leadership in promoting organizational development, training and mentoring partner organizations 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.