The International Health Systems Program

The International Health Systems Program (IHSP) is an integral component of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Comprising a multidisciplinary team of faculty, scholars, and experts, IHSP’s primary aim is to elevate health and living standards for the underprivileged and disadvantaged populations.

The mission of our program is to synthesize the wide-ranging perspectives of the social sciences with the specialized knowledge of clinical, public health, and health systems fields. By leveraging this blend of expertise, we aim to uncover innovative solutions that address complex health challenges, ultimately leading to more effective and resilient health systems.

By focusing on education, training, and research, IHSP endeavors to create a meaningful impact on global health, specifically targeting the improvement of conditions for the poor and disadvantaged. Our program is committed to not only advancing health systems through academic inquiry but also applying these insights in real-world contexts to achieve tangible improvements.


IHSP offers a range of intensive courses, typically lasting one week, alongside tailor-made programs to meet the specific requirements of country teams or organizations. These educational offerings are specifically designed for public officials, policymakers, researchers, and other individuals committed to enhancing health outcomes in low and middle-income countries.

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