Ivan Busulwa, ’22
From: Kampala, Uganda
Degrees Held: MPH, MBA, Boston University
BSc, Makerere University Kampala
Ivan is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has committed his career to addressing health inequities by developing and promoting affordable health care financing options in underserved populations. After earning his MBA/MPH dual degree in Global Health Management at BU, he spent five years with the USAID/Uganda Private Health Support program developing health systems strengthening and health financing initiatives in Uganda. In his last appointment as the Private Sector Engagement Advisor, he helped develop national professional fees guidelines to enable licensed medical doctors and specialists to standardize prices and fees for medicines and medical procedures. While in the same role, he supported the development of a voluntary quality improvement system that has so far enrolled over 300 private health facilities to monitor their quality improvement.
Ivan received the John Snow Award in International Health for Outstanding Achievement, Leadership, and Student Activism from Boston University’s School of Public Health in 2012. Following the completion of the Harvard School of Public Health DrPH program, he plans to influence public health programming on the African continent by supporting ministries of health and international development organizations to use evidence-based research to improve the health and well-being of their populations. His interests are in the areas of health economics, health policy and research, and health financing.