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Global Health Entrepreneurship: From Ideas to Innovations.


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Mon 06/13/2022 - Fri 06/17/2022
Class Times:
  • Friday,  8:00am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • William Cherniak
William Cherniak

Ever wondered how the business of global health works? How do you create your own global health start-up, what goes into marketing an NGO, how do you design a budget, run your projects effectively (and ethically)? There are many challenges and skills to global public health that we may not think of as scientists, but without them ideas will stay right there, on the drawing board, and never become innovations.

Teaches how to think about possibilities to make a difference in the global health community. Looks at how organizations like Medicine Sans Frontiers, Gates Foundation, and other smaller but impactful NGOs and Foundations had their roots in a team of public health-minded individuals who learned the business of global health and created organizations that fit their vision of how to make a difference in the world. Guides students through the process of idea conception, team and partner building, global health ethics, marketing/branding, finance and other fundamental pieces of creating, building and maintaining a successful global health start-up. Prepares students to conceptualize, design, build and manage sustainable and innovative global public health initiatives specifically focusing on critical and often missed topics such as marketing, budgeting / financial management, fundraising, legal and governance issues.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualize and refine a novel idea for a global health start-up
  2. Communicate that idea effectively to others
  3. Build a clear vision and mission statement for a prospective organization
  4. Understand the importance of often overlooked tools such as branding/marketing, finance/accounting and human resources
  5. Go into the world with the tools to approach starting a novel global health start-up
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 85% Paper(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required