About the Program

The weekly Takemi Seminar is the primary teaching activity of the Fellowship Program. It examines the question of how to set priorities under conditions of limited resources and evolving technology. Fellows explore such techniques as quantitative, institutional, bioethical and social analyses. Seminar materials stress comparative case studies in international health, with problems drawn from both developed and developing countries. Seminars are led by faculty members from the School of Public Health and other Harvard Faculties, and by outside specialists.

In addition to the core seminar, Fellows are encouraged to participate in courses, seminars, and other activities relevant to their interests at the School of Public Health, throughout Harvard University, and at other universities in the Boston area.

These provide opportunities to strengthen a Fellow’s knowledge of economics, epidemiology, policy formulation, political analysis, organizational behavior, or evaluation with an emphasis on the application of quantitative analytic methods. The activities also provide Fellows with the opportunity to interact extensively with students, faculty and other professionals, which in some cases has led to funded collaborative research projects. The program is non-degree oriented, as degree course requirements would substantially reduce the time for research and writing. Fellows may also be invited to join in the teaching of international health courses at the School of Public Health, and in this and other ways will have opportunities to interact with students at the School. Takemi Fellowships generally have a duration of ten months. However, this may be adjusted in special cases. Upon completion of the Program, Takemi Fellows receive a Certificate.