Training, Short Courses

International Health Systems Program’s mission in its training program is to strengthen the capacity of health system practitioners from middle and lower income countries to improve the performance of their health systems. Our programs are designed for senior officials and policymakers who strive to improve the health of citizens in their countries. IHSP courses blend theoretical and conceptual knowledge with practical tools to accomplish important tasks and hands-on practice in using those tools. Our courses build on our research and public health practice throughout the world.


Strengthening Human Resources for Health and Implications for Pandemic Planning
Online Boston, MA, USA. April 13-23, 2021

Making Decentralization Work:
Policy and Management Issues and Implications of Covid-19

Online Boston, MA, USA.  July 13-23, 2021 (New Dates)

Improving the Quality of Health Services and Implications for Pandemic Preparedness
Boston, MA, USA. October 4-14, 2021

Custom-Designed Training Programs 
In addition to our regularly scheduled intensive two-week courses, IHSP develops custom-designed programs to fit the unique needs of a country or organization. We offer needs assessment, training program development, and training seminars in the U.S. and in host countries. Through established training resources and tools, we can successfully transfer and implement short course models internationally.

Ordinarily, the programs are led by a team of Harvard faculty and other public health experts. They apply theories and tools from the areas of economics, public health, political science and management to better understand complex health issues that range from health care access to cost and quality. Topics have included:

  • Utilizing the Private sector to Achieve Health Goals
  • Human Resources Policy and Management
  • Decentralizing Health Systems
  • Improving the Quality of Health Services
  • Health Care Financing

We will offer these custom-designed programs in 2021 :

Health in the XXI Century: Workshop for Andrés Bello University
Online Course: May 3 – 11, 2021

Health in the XXI Century: Workshop for Andrés Bello University
Online Course: August 30 – September 8, 2021

Health in the XXI Century:
Workshop for Latin American Health Care Executives
On-campus Course: Fall 2021 Dates TBD

We offered these custom-designed online programs in 2020:

Health in the XXI Century: Workshop for Andrés Bello University
November 9-18, 2020

Inequities, Protests and Covid-19
Co-sponsored with the Inter-American Development Bank
December 1-9, 2020

We offered this custom-designed, leadership program in South Africa:
Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH)
For a brief description  (listed under IHSP Technical Assistance) CLICK HERE.
For the ASELPH website and further information CLICK HERE 

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We can also be reached by telephone at (USA) 617-432-0418