Nurses are a force for global health. You can lead the way.

Around the world, the need for nurse leaders has never been greater. Explore a powerful new certificate and Master’s of Public Health degree designed to put you at the forefront of care through foundational understanding and field experience in public health and population health management.

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It’s time to empower nurses to lift the health of entire populations.

Now more than ever, nurses play a critical role in shaping global public health. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the fact that nurses are at the center of public health crises and are critical to global health security. Nurses’ leadership and advocacy also shape public policy around disease prevention, health promotion, and population health.

Still, the nursing profession faces a number of threats, including a shrinking and aging workforce, an insufficient role at the policy table, and a struggle to meet the global demand, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

With these challenges in mind, the Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program brings a renewed commitment to supporting, educating, and strengthening the nursing and midwifery workforce worldwide.

Healthcare Workers



more nurses will be required by 2030 to meet global demand




of that shortage affects low- and middle-income countries.

According to the World Health Organization

Discover the Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program.

By bringing education and training to national-level nurse leaders around the world, we can build global capacity for integrated population health, disease prevention, health promotion, and the provision of high-quality health care.

As the first public health-focused program of its kind, the Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program will expand nurses’ roles in shaping not only health care, but also global public health. The program combines leadership education and in-field training with networking and international collaboration.

The Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program offers a competency-based education plan that affords nurses and midwives career progression in public health, leadership, and management and regulatory sciences. The program started in Africa and will expand in Academic Year (AY) 2024-2025 to include nurses and midwives from Africa, Asia, Latin American, the Caribbean, the Eastern Mediterranean, Canada and USA.

Nurse-led strategies with a curriculum for leadership.

The Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program builds on Harvard’s unparalleled expertise in education and experience in leadership programming with curricula and educational materials that align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work relating to nursing and midwifery, directed by the World Health Assembly resolution WHA74.15 (2021) which calls on WHO Member States and WHO to strengthen nursing and midwifery through the Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2021–2025.

Knowledge and skills gained will help national chief nurses, midwives, regulators, professional nursing and midwifery association executives, and academic deans and faculty excel in:

Health Systems Strengthening

Population Health Management

Human-Centered Design for Health and Wellness

Health Financing

Strategic Communications

Reforming Policies and Regulations