The Harvard T. H. Chan International Health Systems Program


Many low and middle-income countries are committed to improving the performance of their health care systems. They face daunting challenges: the historical burden of infectious disease and malnutrition, the increasing toll of non-infectious disease and aging populations, rising expectations, and scarce resources. To contribute knowledge and solutions to these problems, the International Health Systems Program (IHSP) in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, has gathered a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team of scholars and experts to apply innovative approaches to improving health care through research, training, and technical assistance. IHSP is committed both to advancing the state of relevant knowledge and to improve health system performance by bringing this knowledge to bear to achieve better health status, patient and citizen satisfaction, and financial risk protection that can contribute to reduction in poverty, and gains in human well-being for the poorer populations in both low and middle-income countries.

International Health Systems Program’s mission in its training program is to strengthen the capacity of health system practitioners from middle and lower income countries to improve the performance of their health systems. These programs are designed for senior officials and policymakers who strive to improve the health of citizens in their countries. IHSP courses blend theoretical and conceptual knowledge with practical tools to accomplish important tasks and hands-on practice in using those tools. Our courses build on our research and public health practice throughout the world.

Ordinarily, the programs are led by a team of Harvard faculty and other public health experts. They apply theories and tools from the areas of economics, public health, political science and management to better understand complex health issues that range from health care access to cost and quality. Topics have included:

  • Utilizing the Private sector to Achieve Health Goals
  • Human Resources Policy and Management
  • Decentralizing Health Systems
  • Improving the Quality of Health Services
  • Health Care Financing

Harvard will offer these custom-designed programs in Boston, MA, USA :

Health in the XXI Century: 
Workshop for Latin American Health Care Executives
March 18-22, 2019

Health in the XXI Century: Workshop for Andrés Bello University
October 28 – November 1, 2019

Harvard offered this custom-designed, leadership program in South Africa: 

Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH)
For a brief description  (listed under IHSP Technical Assistance) CLICK HERE
For the ASELPH website and further information CLICK HERE 

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