MMSc-GHD students speak with Paul Farmer

MMSc-GHD students speak with Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Program Details
The MMSc-GHD program spans two years. During year 1, students take classes across Harvard University. During year 2, students complete an on-site mentored research project. 

The MMSc-GHD includes courses at Harvard Medical School as well as at other Harvard schools. Students take core course as well as electives as noted below.

Year 1 

  • Summer
    • Epidemiological Methods for Global Health (2 credits)
    • Introduction to Global Health Delivery  (2 credits)
    • Value-Based Management in Global Health Delivery (1 credit) 
  • Fall
    • Quantitative Methods for Global Health (4 credits)
    • Social Medicine and Global Health (4 credits)
    • Qualitative Methods for Global Health (4 credits)
    • Ethnographic Methods for Global Health Research (4 credits)
    • Program Seminar (0 credits)
  • Spring
    • Conceptual and Practical Ethics in Global Health Delivery (2 credits)
    • Mixed Methods for Global Health Research (4 credits)
    • electives in policy, management (10 credits)
    • ​​​​​​​Program Seminar (0 credits)

Year 2 

  • Mentored Thesis Project (32 credits)
    • ​​​​​​​Students are in the field from June-January and then return to Boston to write up their thesis, then graduate in May of year 2

MMSc-GHD Students can also cross register into electives across Harvard University and at MIT. You may search online for classes eligible for cross registration.   

*Please note that this program does not offer clinical training, and that there is neither coursework nor project work involving direct patient care.


Review a timeline for the 2017-2019 program. 


Each MMSc-GHD student completes a mentored on-site thesis project in global health. More information on these thesis projects are available at the students and alumni page


Program costs are detailed on the Cost of Attendance.

The Harvard Medical School MMSc degree programs are need-blind in their candidate selection process and have no knowledge of a candidate’s financial situation nor do they consider ability to pay in the evaluation of a candidate’s application.

Students accepted into the MMSc degree programs have access to financial assistance through federal and private loans and the individual academic program’s resources. Due to limited resources, the program cannot guarantee to meet the financial need of all students.


To Apply

Details on the application process are found on our application information page. Sign up to receive e-mail updates about the MMSc-GHD here.

If your question is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions, please e-mail Christina Lively.