Degree Programs

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) with the following tracks: 1) Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2) One Health and 3) Health Management, a one-year, full-time blended degree program in Butaro, a rural town in Rwanda. UGHE also offers a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) dual-degree program (MBBS/MGHD).

MGHD Options

One Health 

Developing the skills to formulate solutions to complex ‘wicked’ problems requires specialized training and a broad-based, transdisciplinary perspective. The One Health option will provide training critical to continue improving the health of people, animals and the environment. It will involve cross-disciplinary training to help MGHD candidates understand both the technical and social context in which the answers to One Health problems can be approached. The option in One Health will serve to prepare leaders with a broad base of knowledge as well as cross-cutting skills directed towards improving the health of animals, the environment and humans through a transdisciplinary,  multi-sectoral and holistic approach. Click this link for more information.

Health Management 

Health care delivery is complex and context dependent and requires an interdisciplinary effort focused on value. Regardless where you work, what programs you are doing, or creating your own entrepreneur venture, the combination of practical and effective management and leadership skills is essential to generate high value programs.

In Health Management, students will learn the key strategy and management practices in global health programs. It is designed to train global health professionals how to apply evidence-based and field-tested managerial functions to manage complex programs and organizations. Students will learn from using data and evidence to identify project areas, using management tools in developing a health program, securing funding, and managing different aspects of the execution of the program, through active learning methodologies. Click this link for more information.

Gender and Reproductive Health 

Application of a gender lens to health programs and specifically to sexual and reproductive health is a crucial step in ensuring a healthy family, healthy community and healthy nations. The Gender and Reproductive Health option will provide interdisciplinary training on theories, perspectives, policies, and sexual and reproductive health management practices to provide the next generation of health care delivery professionals with a broader understanding of the topic. Armed with experience and technical abilities, graduates will be uniquely prepared to solve large, trans-border global gender and sexual and reproductive health problems.  Click this link for more information.

What are the fieldwork/Practicum opportunities?

During the Practicum, students will work in groups to carry out a research 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. “In addition to its full time faculty, UGHE engages visiting faculty from different institutions including Harvard Medical School, Partners In Health, Tufts University, Vassar College, Rwanda’s Biomedical Center, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.”