Managing Global Health: Applying Behavioral Economics to Create Impact (MBA)

Health, and development more broadly, is not something we give to people: it is something they produce themselves, interacting with supply-side and institutional factors. This course trains students to see through the lens of the end-user and to use the levers of behavior change to generate impact in health and social programs. Although most of the applications are in global health, it is appropriate for students who anticipate working in health, education, or international development sectors, as well as those with a general interest in learning how behavioral economics can be effectively applied.

In this course, students learn how to design products and services from the perspective of the patient/customer and the provider/supplier.

The course is organized around three core modules, each of which focus on one of the elements that comes together to jointly produce a health outcome: the customer, the provider, and the system:

  1. How do we understand the needs of the customer (patient)? How do we design and deliver products to meet those needs?

  2. How do we motivate the providers and ensure they are providing the best care possible?

  3. How can the larger health system, including private sector actors, enable the production of health? How do we change practices on a system-level?

Through exposure to major practitioner challenges and innovative solutions from HBS Case discussions, protagonists from the field, expert guest faculty from across Harvard, and engagement with cutting edge research in public health, public policy, psychology, and economics, students will learn to bridge the worlds of research and action to creatively, and skillfully, make an impact in global health.

Course Syllabus (PDF)


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Field Experiments (PhD)

This course is for doctoral students who want to learn how to design and run field experiments as a research methodology. The objective is for students to refine their own experimental designs and be able to run them by the end of the course, leading to an academic paper.


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Executive Education

HBS offers five focused Social Enterprise Executive Education programs each year, three targeted toward nonprofit leaders, one for corporate leaders, and one for teams of education leaders within urban public school districts. Taught by a team of faculty members from HBS and other graduate schools within Harvard University, Social Enterprise Executive Education programs feature a wide variety of management cases and materials. Additionally, HBS has hosted a number of Social Enterprise custom programs with individual organizations and interest groups when their needs have aligned with faculty research interests and areas of focus.


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Teaching Materials

Deworming Kenya: Translating Research into Action (A),” Harvard Business School Case 910‐001 (2010), with Neil Buddy Shah and Rachel Gordon.

“Deworming Kenya: Translating Research into Action (B),” Harvard Business School Case 910‐027 (2010), with Neil Buddy Shah and Rachel Gordon.

“Deworming Kenya: Translating Research into Action,” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 5‐910‐002 (2010), with Neil Buddy Shah and Rachel Gordon.

“PSI: Social Marketing Clean Water," Harvard Business School Case 507‐052 (2007), with V. Kasturi Rangan and Marie Bell.

“Evaluating Microsavings Programs: Green Bank in the Philippines (A),” Harvard Business School Case 909‐062 (2010), with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.

“Evaluating Microsavings Programs: Green Bank in the Philippines (B),” Harvard Business School Case N9‐910‐034 (2010), with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.

“Evaluating Microsavings Programs: Green Bank in the Philippines (C),” Harvard Business School Case N9‐910‐041(2010), with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.

“Evaluating Microsavings Programs: Green Bank of the Philippines,” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 5‐911‐010 (2010).

“Uptake of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests: A Development Challenge (A),” Harvard Business School Case N9‐910‐028.

"Testing Savings Product Innovations Using an Experimental Methodology." Asian Development Bank Technical Note Series, No. 8, 2003, with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.

"A Review of Commitment Savings Products in Developing Countries."
Asian Development Bank Economics and Research Department Series, No. 45, 2003, with Nathalie Gons, Dean Karlan, and Wesley Yin.

"SEED: A Commitment Savings Product in the Philippines.” In Trick Up 25th Anniversary Symposium, 2006, iUniverse Press, with Dean Karlan and Wesley Yin.