Education and Training

With a focus on learning and translation, the lab draws on its research and policy engagement in comparative health systems to promote learning among students and healthcare leaders in health systems innovation. We develop curricular content for graduate-level training at Harvard and executive education for healthcare leaders to support health policy and practice at the global level.


Class in session at the Harvard Chan School

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program

As the Faculty Chair for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, Prof Atun leverages the Lab’s outputs to inform policy and practice through close interaction with health and finance ministers, translating evidence into policy. The program also provides an important opportunity to identify critical policy gaps that require systematic academic enquiry and research.


Executive Education

The lab develops specialized courses for healthcare managers, executives and emerging leaders to create high-value health systems and enhance performance for healthcare organizations and clinical departments. Placing importance on pedagogy to deliver durable learning to practitioners, the lab identifies and develops health systems case studies to enable in-depth engagement with core theory, applied principles and create a discursive classroom environment. We currently have three executive education offerings through Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Centre for Executive and Continuing Professional Education, including Health Leadership Development Program for the Gulf Health Council, and the High Value Surgical Systems Course for the Global Surgery Foundation


Harvard Graduate-Level Training

We offer graduate-level courses for students at Harvard, MIT, and Harvard teaching hospitals:
Fundamentals of Global Health (course site is only open to students)
Innovation and Global Health Systems (course site is only open to students)


HSI Research Scholars Program

We developed a Health Systems Innovation Research Scholars Program for mid-level researchers (graduate level) and clinical residents (in all disciplines) to develop leadership competency in developing and translating recent evidence into policy and practice at the global level. Research Scholars function as core members within the lab and are immersed in a hybrid program of research, teaching, innovation and administration activities within the lab and with our collaborative partner network.


HSI Internship Program

We have developed an internship program for undergraduate students that is centered around the student to provide highly motivated individuals with structured mentorship and individualized internships. Interns will function as student research assistants within the lab and will graduate from the program with a specific output that will assist them in achieving their professional objectives. The experience provides a safe and flexible platform for students to understand better and refine their career purpose, ambitions and long-term goals – alongside other students from around the world dealing with similar questions, from varied settings and diverse experiences. While most of our students tend to be medical, public health, engineering, and economics students, all students are encouraged to apply.