In 2011, two classes of the 2011 China Senior Health Executive Education Program was performed on at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The Hospital Executive Class was conducted on August 1 – 17, and the Health Policy Maker Class on September 20 – October 7. Thirty eight senior health officials and health executives from China attended the program who are from different national and provincial government departments, medical universities and general hospitals. The government departments include the Ministry of Health, State Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Central Committee Organization Office, State Council Legislative Affairs Office, and provincial health departments. Hospital executives came from around China, such as Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shandong and Guangdong.
The year of 2011 remarks the finale of the initial three-year stage of the health care reform that targets to establish a universal health care system in 2020 in China. At the critical time of health care reform, the participants were keen to learn international experience on development and reform in health care sector and update of hospital administration. They also discussed and analyzed key issues in China’s health care, such as public hospital reform, allocation of health resources, health financing and comparison between China and United States. The health policy maker class students also attended the Harvard America-China Health Summit organized by HSPH China Initiative.