Master’s Program in Global Health Delivery Celebrates 10 Years

In village health clinics and ministries of health, grads are building health equity around the world

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On the right, master's student Ana Mariana conducts field research on improving maternal care in Indonesia. Image: Ana Mariana.

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared that all people have a right to medical care, yet more than seven decades later there are still millions around the world who don’t have access to some of the most basic medical treatments.

Ten years ago, the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine launched a new master’s degree program, the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD), designed to help frontline caregivers, health care administrators, and policy leaders from around the globe research the root causes of health inequity and design and test solutions to deliver the promise of modern medicine to all those in need.

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Since last spring, the department has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the program’s first class of four students, in spring 2012, by hosting a series of events throughout the 2022-2023 academic year highlighting the accomplishments of the program’s alumni.

“The delivery of medical care in settings of extreme privation is still a novel concept,” said Joia Mukherjee, associate professor of global health and social medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS.

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10th Anniversary Celebration: Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery