GlobalHealth Lab is a graduate-level class that goes beyond traditional boundaries by taking on practical challenges at the front lines of healthcare delivery. GlobalHealth Lab blends classroom learning and carefully designed action-based field projects in which teams of four students collaborate with partner organizations to address specific factors that limit the delivery of health care to the people who most need it. The aim, throughout the course, is to bring to bear the best of the MIT Sloan tool kit to deliver a sustained improvement for each host organization.
Since 2008, over 40 projects have put students to work with innovative frontline organizations in Kenya, Uganda, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana. The settings vary, but the projects all take on issues that our partners agree are crucial for health care delivery across the planet.
Every year, the GlobalHealth Lab team starts by building a portfolio of projects designed to tap into MIT Sloan strengths. Working with MIT faculty, domain experts, and leaders and staff in the partner enterprise each team of MBA and PhD students starts their work on campus, refining plans, conducting research, developing topical briefings, and planning their field work to make the most of every day they are on the ground. The intensive on-site portion of the project puts students to work inside the enterprise alongside its staff. Students also live with and participate in the community. In the third segment of the course, teams return to the classroom to distill the lessons learned in the field and to draw on the thought leadership abundant in the MIT community to reflect on their experiences and to define needs in the emerging field of global health delivery studies.
The aspiration for all GlobalHealth Lab projects is to go beyond offering observations or even advice and to deliver lasting improvements by initiating a systematic effort to tackle a pressing constraint or to make the most of an existing opportunity.
To learn more about this course, please watch this five-minute video, then click on the GlobalHealth Lab website link above.
Notice to current students:
The application for the Spring 2013 GlobalHealth Lab class is now open. For detailed information about the class and answers to FAQs, please read this document: GlobalHealth Lab 2013 Overview and FAQs.