In the Harvard Summer Program in Kisumu, Kenya, you explore diverse approaches for using innovations and technologies to foster transformative and sustainable healthcare improvements in Africa. Closely mentored student teams design, develop, and test their own innovations.
African governments are searching for ways to harness the power of science, technology, and innovation to foster transformation in healthcare delivery. Their strategies are being significantly influenced by the forces of globalization. International development agencies are similarly rethinking their approaches in light of the opportunities provided by rapid advances in science and technology.
Understanding the greatest challenges and opportunities for change will lay the foundation upon which you will explore diverse approaches for integrating and adopting innovations and new technologies into a healthcare delivery system. During the six-week intensive program in western Kenya, you will use an interdisciplinary approach, one that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, in designing and implementing innovations and technologies. It will demonstrate that all innovations, as beneficial as they may be, must be integrated locally to be successful.
Watch a video where students in the Kisumu program discuss the innovations in healthcarethey worked on.
Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Melody J. Eckardt, MD, MPH, FACOG, Director of Maternal Health, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Brett D. Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ann L. Prestipino, MPH, Teaching Associate in Anaesthesia and Senior Vice President for Surgical and Anaesthesia Services, and Clinical Business Development, Massachusetts General Hospital
Monica Oguttu, PhD, Executive Director, Kisumu Medical Education Trust
Khama Rogo, MD, PhD, Director of Health for Africa, World Bank
Moytrayee Guha, MPH, Program Manager, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.
The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:
- A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee
- A statement of interest in the program, including information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
- Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)
Program directors may ask for interviews.
You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.
There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:
- Room and some meals
- Excursions (including meals when appropriate)
- A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
- Transportation to and from Kenya
- The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
- Any immunizations
How to pay and funding options
See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.
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Learn more about the program and hear from students about their experiences in Kenya.