Student Engagement

For Undergraduates

Global health presents multifaceted problems that need multidisciplinary solutions.  HGHI provides opportunities to Harvard undergraduates to think critically and creatively about global health challenges through experiences in the classroom, in research, and in experiential learning opportunities across the University and the world.  Students learn to work in a global community through interactive and student-driven workshops and can work directly with Harvard faculty during summer research and experiential learning opportunities. HGHI has also partnered with student organizations, other centers and institutes on campus, and other offices to facilitate unique opportunities for learning for students. It will take leaders from all disciplines and sectors to solve global health problems; HGHI is helping prepare the next generation of practitioners and leaders in global health.  Click here to learn more about ways to engage in global health beyond the classroom.

HGHI Internships Program

The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) offers returning Harvard undergraduates in good standing the opportunity to participate in summer research and internship placements on the Harvard campus as well as across the world. These opportunities connect classroom knowledge and skills to the complex issues in the field. They range from placements in laboratories and research groups, to field work with hospitals and community health clinics, to office-based internships with NGOS and international organizations. HGHI also welcomes interns to join the team at HGHI during the term, and you can learn more about HGHI’s 2021 Interns.

Note: The HGHI Summer Research and Internships Program is administratively run by the Global Health & Health Policy (GHHP) Secondary Field. Please visit the GHHP website for more information.

Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy

The Global Health and Health Policy Secondary Field (GHHP) encourages students to explore interdisciplinary health challenges. Through a curriculum that encourages experiential learning, students can engage complex themes from a variety of perspectives. For example, areas of focus might include: accountability and governance, exploring the role of the state versus transnational organizations in global health; the risk of pandemic diseases and their economic and psychological impact on populations; the consequences of political change in a country’s health (e.g. post-Soviet Union); or the challenges resulting from complex emergencies and vulnerable populations in fragile states.

The natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities all contribute to the study of global health and health policy. Students may explore any one of a number of topics ranging from interdisciplinary health problems and social determinants to a concentrated focus on social responses, such as health systems and health policies.

Over the past five years, 546 students have completed the secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy, making it one of the largest secondary fields at the College. Students combine GHHP with over 40 concentrations, the most common of which are listed in the chart below: 

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