MMSc-GHD Students and Alumni
The MMSc-GHD program aims to educate the next generation of global health leaders.
Most students enter the program with two years of experience in global health delivery in resource-limited settings. Many students have a clinical degree, though it is not required for admission to the program. All students have a passion for improving health care delivery for the world's neediest people.
Read an alumni profile of Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16.
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MMSc-GHD Student and Alumni News and Accomplishments
Below please find more information about the program, as well as recent accomplishments of current MMSc-GHD students and graduates.
- Article describing the MMSc-GHD program: “Turning scarcity into abundance” (undated).
- Video on the MMSc-GHD program from the Abundance Foundation, which provided major funding for the program launch.
- Article on Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, which hosts the MMSc-GHD program (05/24/18).
- Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19 (expected) was named "policy/advocacy champion" by the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance for his work on palliative care.
- Nadege Belizaire, MD, MMSc '15 was one of only 8 selected from more than 100 physicians selected to participate in a pediatric residency. This residency is a partnership between Project Medishare, St Damien Hospital, Bernard Mevs Hospital and Notre Dame University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17 was promoted to Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health in Rwanda.
- Yassah Lavelah, BSN, MMSc '20 (anticipated) was profiled in this article in Front Page Africa.
- Valeria Macias, MD, MMSc '17, presented the results from her thesis research "Rethinking referral systems in rural Chiapas: a mixed methods study," at the Bethune Roundtable Surgical Conference Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Toronto, Canada https://bethuneroundtable.com/program/ (05/24/2018).
- Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '17, has had her research, "Access to Surgical Care in Rural Ecuador the Role of Cinterandes Mobile Surgery in Addressing Barriers and Delays: a Qualitative and Biosocial Research Analysis," accepted for an e-Poster presentation in the Scientific Forum program at the American College of Surgeons. The meeting will be held at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center, October 21-25, 2018 (05/18/2018).
- Lisa Parvin, MS, MMSc '19 (expected), is an author on this opinion piece, "Dispelling myths about drug procurement policy," in The Lancet Global Health, Volume 6, Issue 6 , e609 - e610.https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30190-6/fulltext (05/15/2018).
- Dimitri Suffrin, MD, MMSc '16, presented a poster on his thesis research at the 18th Harvard University CFAR Annual Symposium, “The Importance of Reproductive Health in Ending HIV.” His thesis mentors were Arlene Katz, EdD, Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, Hannah Gilbert, PhD, and Christina Lively, EdM. (04/02/2018)
- Kumar Rana, MMSc '17, wrote a op-ed piece, "One who does not question is less than blind: Health is not just prevention or cure: it's a right," in Anandabazar Patrika, the largest selling Bengali daily in India. This piece mentions the MMSc-GHD program director Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH. (03/20/2018).
- Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '17, gave an invited "Quick Shot Presentation" as part of the the Annual Academic Surgical Congress, held on January, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. Her talk, "Access To Surgical Care In Rural Ecuador & The Role Of Cinterandes Mobile Surgery: A Biosocial Study." This talk was based on Martha's thesis work from the MMSc-GHD program with the following authors and affiliations: M.P. Vega, M.F. Franke, R. Riviello, H.N. Gilbert.
- Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19 (expected), presented a talk at the AORTIC conference in Kigali, Rwanda from November 7-10, 2017 and another talk at Les Congres Francophones des Soins Palliatifs held November 16-17, 2017.
- Lisa Parvin, MS, MMSc '19 (expected) and Chenjezo Gonani, MMSc '19 (expected) discussed their research in progress at the Global Health Graduate Student Research Seminar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School on November 13, 2017.
- Sandeep Nanwani, MD, MMSc '18, was featured in an NPR article titled "Transgender Women Of Indonesia Have A Champion In A 26-Year-Old Doctor. (1/2/17). Faculty member Byron Good, PhD, is also mentioned in the article.
- Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19 (expected), presented a talk at the 5th Public Health and Palliative Care conference held in Ottawa from September 16-20, 2017.
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, is one of the authors on an article titled, Health worker attrition at a rural district hospital in Rwanda: a need for improved placement and retention strategies The Pan African Medical Journal. (4/07/17).
- Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc '16, is first author on an article on her MMSc-GHD thesis research titled, "Validity and Utility of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-2 and PHQ-9 for Screening and Diagnosis of Depression in Rural Chiapas, Mexico: A Cross-Sectional Study" in Journal of Clinical Psychology. (2/16/2017).
- Sandeep Nanwani, MMSc '18, published this article with co-author Clara Saigian titled, "Falling Through the Cracks" in Inside Indonesia. (2/13/17).
- Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '17, was invited to present on to "Lancet Commission for GlobalSurgery 2030" on March 17, 2017 at the XXII Latin American Congress of General Surgery. (2/13/17).
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMsc '17, was first author on the article ""Race to the Top: Evaluation of A Novel Performance-Based Financing Initiative to Promote Healthcare Delivery in Rural Rwanda" in Global Health Action. (11/14/2016).
- Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, served as an invited member on a committee of Ebola experts that produced a report, "Ethics considerations for the Implementation of Public Health containment of Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks in LMICs." (9/21/2016)
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, gave an invited talk on "Social determinants of childhood vulnerability" at the Rwanda Pediatric Association's annual conference on September 22-23, 2016. (9/21/2016).
- Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc '15, received news that an article on her thesis research, "Validity and utility of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-2 and PHQ-9 for screening and diagnosis of depression in rural Chiapas, Mexico: A cross-sectional study," was accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. (9/9/2016)
- Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, Chief Operating Officer of the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre in Rajasthan, India, and Head of Global Programs for Prominent Homes Charitable Organization, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, extended his MMSc-GHD training in the department for the year of 2016-2017. With mentoring from Mary-Jo Good, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Giuseppe Raviola, and others, he will revise his thesis for publication, conduct geospatial analyses, and develop a maternal mental health intervention in Rajasthan. (9/9/2016)
- Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, presented the results from her thesis research "Accessing Health Care in a Fragmented Health System: A Mixed Methods Study of Short-term Health Insurance in Urban Haiti," to members of the team who implemented the insurance, the Haiti Ethics Committee and two directors of the Haitian Ministry of Health in August, 2016. (9/1/2016)
- David Brown, JD, MMSc '16, served on the Massachusetts Getting To Zero Data Evaluation Committee, a group that seeks to set priorities for reducing the HIV/AIDS infection rate in Massachusetts to zero. (9/1/2016).
- Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '17, presented the Lancet’s Global Surgery 2030 key messages at the Socios en Salud TB-Global Health Symposium on September 15-16, 2016.
- Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, was featured in a March 13, 2016 article in the Huffintgon Post by Kiran Kumbhar titled, "This Harvard Student Has Dedicated Years To Making Life Better For Rural Women".
- Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, had his research featured in a Harvard Gazette article on the Ebola pandemic titled, "Lessons from a Pandemic". Barrie conducted ethnographic research with Ebola survivors and is writing a thesis based on his research, advised by mentors Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD.
- Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '17, gave an invited "Quick Shot Presentation" as part of the the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held on February 2-4, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL. Her talk, "Comparing access to surgical care between Sweden and Zambia using geospatial mapping tools, presented is based on a paper written by Dr. Vega and others who are affiliated with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Boston, MA. Abstract title: "Comparing access to surgical care between Sweden and Zambia using geospatial mapping tools." Authors: M.P. Vega, A.N. Bowder, N.P. Raykar, F. Oher, J.G. Meara, E. Makasa. Link to abstract.
- Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, was a contributing author on a paper titled, "Biosocial Approaches to the 2013-2016 Ebola Pandemic", published on December 22, 2015 in the Health and Human Rights Journal.
- Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, was featured in the 2015-2016 Harvard Medical School Dean's Report, page 7. A longer interview about her story is available.
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, was first author on a paper published in BMC Pediatrics on September 24, 2015 titled, "Bubble CPAP to support preterm infants in rural Rwanda: a retrospective cohort study".
- David Brown, JD, MMSc '16, published a paper in the July 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Policy Review titled "Exploring one LGBT organization’s impact on those living with HIV/AIDS in Austin, Texas".
- Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, presented a talk based on his thesis project. The talk was titled, “Understanding barriers for accessing maternity care in Sri Ganganagar district of rural Rajasthan: a research proposal, on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Sitaram Bhartia Institute in India.
- David Brown, JD, MMSc '16, traveled to Zapata, Texas to meet with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar and representatives from the Navajo Nation on May 5, 2015. They toured the Zapata County Technical and Advanced Education Center (ZTAC). They also continued discussions around multimillion dollar funding that David is assisting the Navajo Tribal Council to procure through the U.S. Department of Commerce. This funding will be used to build a training center for community health workers in the Navajo Nation. He hopes to use this experience as part of his MMSc-GHD thesis. For his thesis, David will conduct qualitative research to understand aspects of leadership for large scale projects in resource-poor settings. He is working with mentors Mary Jo Good, PhD and Sonya Shin, MD, MPH. Read a press release about the trip.
- Reginald Fils-Aime, MD, MMSc '16, presented a talk, "General practitioners in a multidisciplinary team providing quality care to persons living with mental disorders in rural Haiti: Cultural challenges and opportunities," at the 36th Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Annual Meeting titled, “Culture and Global Mental Health” in Providence, RI on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, as first author for the article, "Race to the top initiative: Towards excellence in health care service delivery" in Lancet Global Health in March, 2015.
- Reginald Fils-Aime, MD, MMSc '16, gave this interview on his work in Haiti.
- Enrique Valdespino, MD, MMSc '17, gave this interview on his work in Mexico.
- Dimitri Suffrin, MD, MMSc '16, is mentioned in this post.
- Jafet Arrieta, MD,MMSc '15, presented a talk in Bogota, Colombia at the conference "23rd Foro Internacional Oes Mejoamiento de Resultados en Salud: estrategias, herramientas y experiencias existosas," on June 4, 2014. She presented her talk, "CLICSS. La colaboración como motor de la mejora. Campaña Adiós Bacteriemias," with Ezequiel Garcia-Elorrio, MD, MSc.
- Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, was mentioned in this PIH post on the "Race to the Top" initiative.
- Noel Kalanga, MD, MMSc '15, is medical director for Partners In Health in Malawi. This post mentions his work.
- George (Archie) Ayeh, MBA, MMSc '17, works with Partners In Health in Lesotho. This link points to posts about his work.
- Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc '15, worked with Companeros en Salud in Mexico. This post describes some of her work there.
- Kobel Dubique, MD, MMSc '14, was interviewed on his experience advocating for internally displaced persons with Partners In Health in Camp Jean Marie Vincent after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
- Fernet Leandre, MD, MMSc '14, is executive director of Zanmi Lasante in Haiti. This link points to many posts about his work.