The International Health Systems Program (IHSP) in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health is a multidisciplinary team of faculty, scholars, and experts working to improve health systems in developing countries to improve health and living standards for the poor and disadvantaged. IHSP integrates the social sciences with clinical, public health, and health systems expertise to improve and disseminate knowledge about health systems work and how they can be strengthened. IHSP’s work takes place through teaching, research, and technical assistance.
TRAINING, SHORT COURSES
IHSP develops regularly scheduled intensive one and two-week courses, as well as customized programs to fit the unique needs of a country team or organization. Our programs are designed for public officials, policymakers, researchers, and others who strive to improve the health of citizens in low and middle-income countries.
IHSP’s research contributes to health system improvements worldwide in four focus areas. A listing of peer-reviewed journal articles can be found on the publications page. Key areas of IHSP research include:
- Politics and governance
- Health system evaluation
- Institutional reforms and capacity building
- Health system financing
IHSP brings together an experienced, multidisciplinary team of scholars and experts to apply innovative approaches to support the implementation of health system programs and reforms. IHSP is committed to both advancing the state of relevant knowledge and applying this knowledge to achieve better health status, reductions in poverty, and gains in human well-being in low and middle-income countries.