Mapping university education for the 21st century: next generation global health partnerships

Stakeholder Insights

  • Mapped leading-edge educational programs and initiatives for the 21st century global health with focus on building multi-sectoral partnerships for collective action
  • Mapped knowledge areas, outputs and approaches
  • Mapped innovative multi-sectoral partnerships and case studies that are delivering impact at a global scale


This mapping was part of our collaborative education initiative, Reaching Scale: Next Generation Partnerships, with Prof. Rifat Atun at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health. We assessed knowledge gaps in existing global health education programs, focusing on how to design, deliver and sustain transformational multi-sectoral partnerships that address health systems challenges and provide sustainable solutions at scale. Utilizing a set of criteria, we mapped knowledge areas and delivery methods for some of the most innovative education programs and initiatives in this area.

These programs included, among others, Shared Value Initiative (Michael Porter and Mark Kramer at the Harvard Business School), CSR Initiative (Jane Nelson at Harvard Kennedy School), Ministerial Leadership in Health Program (Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School), Innovations in Healthcare (Duke University), Leapfrogging Health Systems (World Economic Forum), Center for Health Market Innovation (Results 4 Development), Forum of Public-Private Partnerships (National Academy of Medicine) and Harnessing Non-Stake Actors for Better Health for the Poor or HANSHEP (initiated by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and partners).

Traditional educational institutions are often not able to keep up with the speed of innovations and new knowledge developed in practice in this field. Our mapping identified a clear need as well as opportunities for educational programs that equip students and practitioners with an understanding of systems thinking and how to design and realize transformational multi-sectoral partnerships and collective action for health and sustainable development.

Information gathered through the Smart Map process is proprietary and was used for the development of the Reaching Scale Founders Meeting at Harvard University in 2016. Further information can be shared upon request.
Develop a platform for a new type of conversation about global value creation. Any initiative will only be successful if it is developed from the perspective and with the insight of the patient/consumer.
From the Founders Meeting at the Harvard Faculty Club