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International Health

Health Systems

Dr. Sara Bennett, Director

Our program works to design systems and implement equitable and cost-effective strategies for delivering health care and health promotion interventions to disadvantaged and underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad.

The Health Systems' mandate is carried out through research, service, and training with and for the populations being served. Priority is given to populations stressed by economic, social, and political instability, many of which have also been displaced by conflict or natural disasters.

Our principal goal is to improve the capacity of communities to deliver the best possible preventive and curative care to their respective members. To accomplish this goal, our multidisciplinary faculty work in partnership with local governments and community leaders, ministries of health, community-based health and human service agencies, universities, and research institutes. We work with the communities to:

  • Determine the impact of existing health resources and delivery systems on health trends
  • Strengthen their internal capacity to plan and manage improved health care programs 
  • Provide training and build the capacity to deliver consistent and high-quality health services at every level (local, regional, and national)
  • Develop sustainable community-based interventions to promote future health and well-being

Courses within the Health Systems Program focus on policy analysis; evaluation of national health systems; planning and managing national and global health programs; and institution-building, teaching, and research in these same areas. Research priority is given to work in low- and middle-income countries and with disadvantaged populations.