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Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health
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Major Areas of Research

IHSP’s research contributes to health system improvements worldwide by emphasizing six interrelated areas of focus.  The combination of operations and academically-oriented research allow the findings and methodologies of Program members’ research to reach a wide audience and inform policymaking.  A listing of peer-reviewed journal articles, project-related technical analyses and reports, and other material emanating from IHSP member research activities can be found on the Publications page.

The six areas of IHSP research include the most relevant issues for low- and middle-income countries. These areas include:

Institutional Reforms and Capacity Building.  Many challenges faced by governments around the world center around the management, organization and effectiveness of their health systems.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes decentralization, organizational reform of ministries of health, human resource strategic planning, and case method management training.
Politics and Governance.  Technical solutions to health systems deficiencies must take the political and governmental contexts into account to be effective and sustainable.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes political strategies, advocacy and approaches to working in fragile states.
Health System Financing.  Strengthening the financial resources and reducing the financial risks of illness that drive many into poverty requires innovative approaches in different country contexts.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes social health insurance, community financing and national health accounts.
Public/Private Partnerships.  Involving and working with the private sector is crucial to long-term improvements in health systems quality and efficiency.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes assessments of private markets and public/private partnerships.
Building Community Capacities and Social Capital.  Community involvement in delivery of health services is a key to promoting healthy behaviors and utilization of the health system.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes the role of social capital in improving health systems delivery.
Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Projects.  The Millennium Development Goals and worldwide efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS have put a continuing concern on improving reproductive health services.  IHSP’s research in this area emphasizes strengthening health system support for maternal and neonatal health, shifting family planning preferences from abortion to contraception and addressing economic and political aspects of HIV/AIDS programs.

 
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Current Research

Decentralization
Human Resources Strategic Planning
China Initiative Applied Research
Health Financing
Health Care Management and Quality Issues
Politics of the Policy Process

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Additional Research Topics

Health Sector Reform
Making Health Care Work Better through Reforms to Health Care Organization and Public and Private Provision
National Health Accounts
Assessing the Impact of Aging Populations in Developing Countries on Health Expenditures
Health Expenditures and the Elderly: A Survey of Issues in Forecasting, Methods Used, and Relevance for Developing CountriesDeveloping National Health Accounts in Turkey
The Role of Private Health Care Providers in Priority Public Health Programs
Health Systems Resource Center
Health System Reform Strategy for Andhra Pradesh State, India
Executive Summary of India Andhra Pradesh Report Phase I
HIV/AIDS and Health Expenditures in Nigeria
Nigeria HIV/AIDS Accounts Report
Out-of-pocket Payments and Informal Payments for Health in Middle Income European Countries
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Major Areas of Research

Current Research

Decentralization

Human Resource Strategic Planning

Politics of the Policy Process


Additional Research Topics