The Graduate Program in Health Management, the Haas School of Business, and the School of Public Health offer extensive support to students interested in global health issues. Program faculty are strongly involved in this area: the director of the Graduate Program in Health Management, Dr. Paul Gertler recently served for two years as the Chief Economist at the World Bank while on leave from UC Berkeley.
In conjunction with other graduate programs at Berkeley, the program offers a number of courses, internships, fellowships, and consulting programs in order to provide experiential learning opportunities to students.
GPHM routinely admits students who have had strong international experiences before attending graduate school. For example, one recent graduate worked in microfinance and health in Uganda for several years before returning to get her MBA/MPH. Another recent graduate worked for a reproductive health consulting firm in Jordan, while another worked with Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. A current student was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador.
GPHM Internship Scholarship
To support our students' community and international interests, GPHM offers two scholarships each summer to offset the lower pay of internships in these areas. During recent summers, students have interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC, and a reproductive health consulting firm in India. One student spent the summer in China developing a business plan in the biotechnology area for a Chinese quasi-governmental organization.
The International Business Development Program
The International Business Development (IBD) program is a global management consulting program operated by the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at the Haas School. Extremely popular with both MBA students and organizations and companies around the world, IBD has been assigning teams of MBA consultants to projects for 15 years. Each year, the program offers healthcare projects.
Future conferences are expected to continue featuring panels on international health issues.
The Blum Center for Developing Economies
The Blum Center for Developing Economies was initiated in 2006 through a $15 million gift from UC Berkeley alumnus Richard C. Blum that includes a $5 million challenge grant. The center taps the expertise and resources of the nation's top public teaching and research university to achieve significant-- and financially sustainable-- results. Serving as the nexus on the Berkeley campus for cultivating targeted new education programs and convening resources to combat global poverty, the center focuses on implementing solutions extrapolated from cutting-edge research while engaging students in transformative service programs.
Beginning in fall 2006, the center offers courses with the expectation that the curriculum will lead to a certificate, minor, or major in the area of developing economies. The coursework channels students directly to the student-service opportunities of the Blum Center. A strong service component aimed at maximizing the number of students with hands-on, field experience in helping the world's poor will be at the core of each initiative.
The Clausen International Business Fellowships
The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at the Haas School offers up to five merit-based fellowships in the amount of $1,000 each to students whose academic coursework, personal accomplishments, and future plans demonstrate leadership potential in an internationally focused career. As an example, Clausen Fellow Margaret Rhee, MBA 06 traveled to La Paz, Mexico and Colombo, Sri Lanka to assess the viability and sustainability of a new water purification technology, the UV Tube, designed for rural households.
Given the high number of organizations involved with global health that are based out of the east coast, students at the Haas School and the School of Public Health initiated a career trek to Washington, DC, and New York in order to meet with them. To cover expenses, students prepare grant applications to the Graduate Program in Health Management, the MBA Association, and the Center for Public Health Practice. The recent career trek met with representatives of UNAIDS, the World Bank, the IFC, and numerous consulting organizations.
Visits to Conferences
MBA/MPH students are eligible to receive a generous grant from the GPHM Alumni Association to attend conferences that meet their personal and professional interests. In recent years, students have attended the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.