Information for Students
GlobalHealth Lab pairs faculty-mentored student teams with enterprises on the front lines of health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. To tackle specific barriers identified by each partnering organization, the course is built around custom-designed projects in strategy, business model innovation, operations, marketing, and technology. Class sessions include interactive cases, practical exercises, and lively conversations with experts, all designed to support project work before, during, and after an intensive two-week onsite collaboration with entrepreneurs, leaders, staff, and stakeholders in the setting. Course assignments include a portfolio of host deliverables, a foundational toolkit designed to support each project, and a distillation of learning from the field.
GlobalHealth Lab is a Spring full-semester class for MIT graduate students only and includes masters and PhD students along with MBA students. Admission is by application and interview in the prior November and December. Enrolled students must be available to work on site in Africa or South Asia for the entire weeks of SIP and Spring Break. Students are required to complete all segments of the course, including H2 class sessions, team meetings that take place in lieu of class, and mentor meetings.
There are no pre-requisites, but preference is given to students who have taken Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets. In addition to submitting a written application and interviewing with the course team in November, students are expected to attend an early December event and engage in several email interactions and phone calls before the start of class.