Frequently Asked Questions

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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: Gender and Reproductive Health, One Health and Health Services Management, a one-year, full-time 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.

Health Management

The Health Management option in the current Master’s of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) will provide interdisciplinary and leadership training to train the next generation of health care delivery professionals who will work in various and cross-cutting organizations. The courses in the Health Management option will provide an interdisciplinary approach to strategy and management practices in global health programs. From strategic planning, program identification, design, budget, grant writing, pitching, to managing the implementation. It is designed to provide and develop foundational managerial skills to enable students to manage large, complex organizations.

Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women play a vital role in our communities. Healthy women will ensure a healthy family, healthy community and healthy nations. Gender and Reproductive Health option will provide interdisciplinary and leadership training to train the next generation of health care delivery professionals who will work in gender and reproductive health. There will be a focus on developing skills in strategic planning, program development management as well as project management, focusing on empowering women into leadership roles in the health sector.

Can I complete the MGHD program online?

UGHE’s MGHD program is a blended program – the first semester is purely online and the second semester is in person.

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. They come from Harvard Medical School, Colombia University, University of Nebraska, Stanford University, Vassar College, Yale University, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, and Rwanda’s Biomedical Center, among others.


When do applications for the MGHD open?

Applications for Cohort 7 , Class of 2022 will be open from October 15, 2020 until February 28, 2021. 

What are the requirements for admission? 

UGHE’s Office of Admissions takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. The Admissions Committee takes into account a broad range of application criteria, including supplemental documents, professional experience, exams, interviews, and overall alignment the UGHE’s mission and vision. 

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 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 2022 but choose not to attend, can I defer my acceptance?

Acceptance into the MGHD Class of 2022 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 re-apply.

Financial Aid

How much does the MGHD cost?

Tuition must be paid to UGHE according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. An initial deposit of $1500 USD is due following acceptance. This is the mandatory fees that include both initial deposit and technology fee.

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 scholarship opportunities.

What will I need to submit with my application for scholarship support?  

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

What student affairs services are available to students?

UGHE staff and faculty provide academic and personal support, and the Manager of Admissions, Records and Student Services and the Student Services Coordinator will oversee and run UGHE’s orientation programs, professional development and career services, counseling services, student group advising, community service/umuganda engagement, and alumni service. UGHE’s Student Services supports activities that provide leadership opportunities and deepen cross-cultural learning and engagement within your cohort.

Will I have time to work?

Because the MGHD is a full-time, intensive program, students are prohibited from seeking 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 at no additional cost. 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 on-campus services are available to students?

Living on UGHE’s campus, residents will have access to a range of services including UGHE’s dining hall serving three balanced meals a day; athletic facilities such as the gym, yoga/exercise studio, and outdoor basketball court; transport shuttle going to and from Kigali every weekend; janitorial and laundry support; IT services; a campus store for picking up basic necessities; full time campus security coverage, and more.

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.