The International Health Systems Program

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 care systems in developing countries to improve health and living standards for the poor and disadvantaged. IHSP brings together economics, clinical and public health science, politics, ethics and management to increase knowledge of how health systems work; through research; share this knowledge through teaching, training, technical dissemination and publications; and apply this knowledge by providing technical assistance improving the health status of those most in need.

IHSP develops regularly scheduled intensive two-week courses, as well as custom-designed programs to fit the unique needs of a country or organization. Our programs are designed for senior officials and policymakers who strive to improve the health of citizens in developing and transitional countries.
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IHSP’s research contributes to health system improvements worldwide by emphasizing six interrelated areas of focus. The combination of operations and academically-oriented research allow the findings and methodologies of Program members’ research to reach a wide audience and inform policymaking. A listing of peer-reviewed journal articles, project-related technical analyses and reports, and other material emanating from IHSP member research activities can be found on the publications page.

The seven areas of IHSP research include the most relevant issues for low- and middle-income countries. These areas include:

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IHSP has gathered a highly experienced, multidisciplinary team of scholars and experts to apply innovative approaches for the implementation of health system changes to improve health care and outcomes. IHSP is committed both to advancing the state of relevant knowledge and to bringing this knowledge to bear on appropriate applications to achieve better health status, reduction in poverty, and gains in human well-being for the poorer populations in both low and middle-income countries.
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