Department Newsletter - March 2015




HMS Dubai LogoThe Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for cooperative research awards in global health delivery.

Letters of Intent are due no later than April 22, 2015. For more information and application materials, please visit the Center's webpage.


The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics

Dr. Scott Podolsky of Harvard Medical School released The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics

Scott Podolsky, MD, released his book, The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics, in December 2014. Dr. Podolsky is the director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, an associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of Pneumonia Before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America.

In his latest book, The Antibiotic Era,  Dr. Podolsky, chronicles the "struggles faced by crusading reformers from the 1940s onward as they advocated for a rational therapeutics at the crowded intersection of bugs and drugs, patients and doctors, industry and medical academia, and government and the media" (Johns Hopkins University Press).


Susan BriggSusan Briggs, MD, senior surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and affiliate faculty in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, has received two awards for her work internationally in the fields of global surgery and disaster medicine. Dr. Briggs received the 2015 West Lake Friendship Award of China's Zhejiang Province, for her long-term commitment to trauma and disaster education in China. Dr. Briggs was also selected as a 2015 recipient of the Gusi Peace Prize in Medicine (Trauma Surgery) and Humanitarianism (International Disaster Relief and Response Management). Dr. Briggs is editor of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine and was recently elected as president of the Boston Surgical Society.


SMA LogoCongratulations to Brooke Schoepf, PhD, Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine. Dr. Schoepf received the 2014 AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award this award is given to a living anthropologist in recognition of exceptional meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of people infected with or at risk of infection with HIV. Criteria for selection includes the impact and duration of the service work, as well as the degree to which the service work promotes anthropology as a field concerned with improving the quality of human life.


Eric KrakauerCongratulations to Eric Krakauer, MD, PhD, assistant professor of global health and social medicine at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine on his re-election to a second term on the board of directors of the International Association of Hospice & Palliative Care.




MMSc-GHD Updates


MMSc-GHS Program

Department faculty designing and teaching courses for the MMSc-GHD Program

Qualitative Methods for Global Health Research (GH701)
In fall 2014, the second cohort of the Master of Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) program was joined by the first cohort of students from the new Harvard Medical School Master of Sciences in Medical Education program. The course was designed by faculty at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to conduct qualitative research and is a core course of the MMSc-GHD program. The course was taught by Norma Ware, PhD, associate professor, and Hannah Gilbert, PhD, lecturer, pictured above with their class.


Five MMSc-GHD selected to present at MMSc research day

Five MMSc-GHD students were selected to present at the MMSc research day on March 2. This event featured five-minute presentations on research from students from each of the five MMSc programs at HMS: Global Health Delivery, Bioinformatics, Clinical Sciences, Medical Education, and Immunology. In addition, the event featured a lunch with a panel on mentoring and a keynote speech from David Golan, MD, PhD, dean for graduate education. The following five MMSc-GHD students presented their research:

  • Phenide Beaussejour (MMSc '16): Assessing the impact of health insurance on access to health care for the poor populations in Haiti: a mixed methods study in the poor urban populations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • David M. Brown (MMSc '16): Describing engagement between leaders and community members in developing large scale projects in resource poor settings
  • Aneel Brar (MMSc '16): Antenatal-care and safe-delivery coverage among the most vulnerable communities of rural Rajasthan, India: gaining actionable data to empower women with agency
  • Monica Gonzalez Bunster (MMSc '15): Quality of Life of People with Mobility Disabilities in Haiti: A Mixed Methods study
  • Noel Kalanga (MMSc '15): Exploring factors that affect nutrition and neurological development of low birth weight infants in Malawi: a mixed methods study


Melino Ndayizigye, MD, MMSc returns to GHSM

A member of the first cohort of the MMSc-GHD, Melino Ndayizigye, MD, MMSc '14, returned to the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine from Lesotho in February. Dr. Ndayizigye has been working with Dr. Hind Satti of Partners In Health-Lesotho to study the capacity for local health facilities to diagnose and manage non-communicable diseases. The research team has the preliminary findings from the survey and intends to start interventions soon. Dr. Ndayizigye's work in Lesotho allows him to consolidate and extend the training he received at Harvard while he also contributes to building health care delivery capacity in Lesotho.

Dr. Ndayizigye participated in the March 2 HMS MMSc Research Day. He presented on his experience translating his master's thesis into a research article, now under review for publication. Current MMSc student appreciated hearing Dr. Ndayizigye's perspectives on the research and publication process.


Recommending potential MMSc-GHD candidates

We welcome recommendations for potential students for the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) program beginning July 2016. This will be our fifth cohort.

The MMSc-GHD program is a two-year master's program designed to educate the next generation of global health leaders. Launched in 2012, our program has welcomed students from Burundi, Canada, Haiti, Malawi, Mexico, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and the United States.

Please email with potential candidates. Joia Mukherjee and Christina will then reach out to individuals to share information about the program and about funding opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Using provider performance incentives to increase HIV testing and counseling services in Rwanda

Jeanine Condo MD, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Rwanda-College of Medicine and Health Sciences-School of Public Health

Paying for performance provides financial rewards to medical care providers for improvements in performance measured by utilization and quality of care indicators. In 2006, Rwanda began a pay for performance scheme to improve health services delivery, including HIV/AIDS services. Using a prospective quasi-experimental design, this study examines the scheme's impact on individual and couples HIV testing. We find a positive impact of pay for performance on HIV testing among married individuals and testing by both partners among discordant couples. The talk will describe the pay for performance program implementation and implications of these results.

March 25, 2015 | 12:30-1:30pm | TMEC L-007
Lunch provided


Recent Publications

Invited Presentations

Eric Krakauer, MD, PhD, presented an invited lecture, "Optimum Use of Life-sustaining Treatment: Medical & Ethical Principles" at the 22nd International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care held in Hyderabad, India on February 13-15, 2015.