The IHSP Team

Program Director

Kevin Croke, Ph.D., is assistant professor of global health in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and director of the International Health Systems Program. He is also assistant editor for health policy at Social Science and Medicine and faculty affiliate of the HKS Center for International Development and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. His research focuses on the politics of health and health systems, and on evaluation of large-scale health programs and policies. He has worked on health system research and policy in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe, and his research has been published in leading journals of political science, global health, and development economics. He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Course Co-Director

Diana Bowser, Sc.D., M. P. H., has her primary academic appointment at Brandeis University as associate professor and is the Course Director for Global Executive Courses within the International Health Systems Program. She has 18 years of experience in health system analysis related to health economics, health policy, and using econometric methods to evaluate health system changes in Latin America, Africa, and the United States. She has provided technical assistance and conducted research with funding from USAID, DFID, WHO, the Global Fund, Save the Children, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, IADB, NIH, and the World Bank. She has worked closely with the following governments on these policy issues: Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Swaziland, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Ukraine, Kosovo, Bangladesh, and Malaysia.  Dr. Bowser earned her BA from the Harvard College, her MPH from Yale School of Public Health and her Doctor of Science in health economics from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Latin America.

Training and Education Coordinator

Sonja Luvara, B.A.,is the training and education coordinator of the International Health Systems Program in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She manages the international executive education courses for the program. She has worked both domestically in higher education as well as in South Africa and Egypt. She earned her M.P.P and M.B.A from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandies University and her B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University. 

Affiliated Faculty and Experts

Thomas J. Bossert, Ph.D., Emeritus  is the previous Director of the International Health Systems Program of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  He has many years of experience in international health in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. His specialties include health reform, decentralization, sustainability and transition, implementation science, social capital, human resources strategic planning and political feasibility analysis. His publications have appeared in Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, WHO Bulletin, The Lancet among other journals and monographs. His innovative “decision space” approach to decentralization has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and recently in an edited book on decentralization: Federalism and Decentralization in Health Care: A Decision Space Approach. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.  He has developed a guide to strategic planning for human resources for WHO. His pioneering work on sustainability of donor-funded projects was published in Social Science and Medicine in 1990, and he has recently studied sustainability and transition for projects funded by CDC and the Gates Foundation.  He has provided technical assistance, conducted research and project management for contracts with various donors including USAID, DfID, World Bank, WHO and the Inter-American Development Bank.  At Harvard, he teaches courses on health system reform and political economy of health systems and was the recipient of a Teaching Citation Award based on student evaluations for the academic year 2013-14. He also teaches in the Harvard/World Bank Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening in Washington and in various countries around the world. He also teaches executive training courses on decentralization and on human resources for the International Health Systems Program at Harvard and for country courses around the world.  Dr. Bossert earned his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (view full profile)

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President, Javitch Associates

David Javitch, Ph.D.,

is an organizational psychologist, leadership specialist, and president of Javitch Associates in Newton (www.javitch.com), Massachusetts.  A former French teacher, he maintains an active national and international individual and organizational assessment, training and consultation practice.  As a faculty member at Harvard University and now retired from Boston University, Javitch teaches management courses to graduate students and industry executives.  He was named Most Inspirational Instructor by The Harvard School of Public Health as well as receiving the “Excellence in Teaching” award. He received the “Excellence in Teaching” award at Boston University six times.  Javitch has been a Visiting Professor at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  In the past, he worked for the European Union as a trainer and consultant to the health care reform movement. He has also consulted and presented intensive training courses in South Africa, as well as Ethiopia, India, and elsewhere. As a specialist in organizational issues, he combines field-proven managerial and psychological methods to enable individuals, teams, and departments to achieve and continually ensure organizational success.

Javitch has been a nationally recognized seminar management speaker for the American Management Association and for Dun and Bradstreet’s Business Education Services Foundation.  He has written three books:  Task Force/Project Management; A Guide to Managers on the Line, describes key traits and characteristics that lead to achievement in successful employees; How to Achieve Power in a Power Driven Society: a 5-Step Approach, a popular management book geared toward leaders facing the challenges of the 21st century, and recently published MBA for Health CareBloodties, a contemporary novel about success and interpersonal relationships is in revision. (view full profile)

Taro Takemi Professor of International Health

Michael Reich, Ph.D., is Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests include health system strengthening and reform, access to medicines and pharmaceutical policy, and the political economy of policy-making processes. Reich has worked on health systems issues with colleagues at Harvard for over two decades, and is faculty director of the World Bank Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening and Sustainable Financing. As part of this collaboration, he coauthored a landmark book on health systems, Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (by M.J. Roberts, W. Hsiao, P. Berman, and M.R. Reich, Oxford, 2004). He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Health Systems & Reform, whose first issue was published in January 2015.

Reich has examined many policy issues related to access to medicines in developing countries. In 2002, he edited a book on public-private partnerships for public health (distributed by Harvard University Press), with a focus on access to medicines for neglected tropical diseases. In 2008, he published a book (coauthored with Laura Frost) entitled Access: How Do Good Health Technologies Get to Poor People in Poor Countries? (distributed by Harvard University Press). In 2011, he coauthored a book (with M.J. Roberts) called Pharmaceutical Reform: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (downloadable for free from the World Bank). He recently served as a member of the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies, which published its report in November 2016.

Since the early 1990s, Reich has worked with David Cooper to develop a Windows-based software program for applied political analysis. This tool, called PolicyMaker, provides a computer-assisted guide for strategic political thinking about policy reform. The software is available for free on the Internet. The method has been used to analyze health reform issues in many countries, in collaboration with national governments, international agencies, and civil society organizations

Many of his publications are available here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/michael-reich/publications/
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Pedro J. Saturno, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.h., Ph.D., . serves as course co-director and instructor. He is physician, AXA Professor in Improvement of Healthcare Quality at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, and Honorary Professor of Public Health at the School of Medicine in the University of Murcia (Spain). Saturno is also Director of a distance-learning Master in Quality Management in Health Services, currently in its 14th edition in Murcia (Spain), 2th in Mexico and 1st in Brazil. Previously he has served as Deputy Director General for Health Planning and Education at the Spanish Ministry of Health. From 1992 – 2000 he was a member of the core faculty for the Harvard School of Public Health executive education course, Managing Health Programs in Developing Countries. He has also extensive experience as a consultant in Quality Management for international agencies such as WHO and USAID, and participated in several international Task Forces and Committees on Quality Management, Health Prevention and Education over the last 20 years.  In 2008 he received the National Quality Award in his native country for his contribution to quality in health services both nationally and internationally.

Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and Economics

Winnie Yip, Ph.D., is Professor of the Practice of Global Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public  Health and also Director of the school wide China Health Partnership. Dr. Yip was previously a Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, where she was director of the Global Health Policy Program.

Dr. Yip holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on: 1) the design, implementation and evaluation of systemic health care interventions, for improving affordable and equitable access to and the efficiency and quality of health care delivery, especially for the poor; 2) modeling and evaluating the effects of incentives on the behavior of providers (organization and individual) and patients.

Yip’s research encompasses both why health systems fail and how to improve them for the benefit of the people they serve. Her approach typically involves large-scale social experimentation of health system interventions by using experimental design to integrate the transformation of financing, incentives, organization and management. With a network of Chinese universities, Dr. Yip’s ongoing research projects cover over 25 million people in the low income provinces in China.

Yip often works in close collaboration with governments and she has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary teams with expertise in public health, economics, political economy, evaluation science, epidemiology, quality of care, marketing science, and management.

In addition to China, Dr. Yip has studied and advised health care reforms in the wider Asia region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and she has extensive experience in executive training courses for senior health policymakers. She was the founding director of the Asia Network for Health System Strengthening.

Dr. Yip has served as an adviser to many international agencies, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization, and notably to the most recent World Bank’s Healthy China study that top Chinese leaders have accepted into their next Five Year Plan on Health. She has also been a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the National Academy of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Health Systems Strengthening. She is a Senior Editor of Social Science and Medicine (Health Policy editorial office), Associate Editor of Health Economics and Health Systems & Reform and serves on the editorial board for several other health policy publications.

Dr. Yip has published extensively in top policy and economics journals, such as the LancetHealth Economics. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Health Result Innovation Trust Fund (HRITF) of the World Bank, the European Union Commission, the Economics and Social Science Research Council.
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