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The Role of the Private Sector for Sustainable Development in Global Health

Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, January 8, 2024
End Date
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, 8:00 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2023 - 2024
Do you know that: - although WHO Member States have adopted the SDG agenda, they will not be able to achieve these goals through public sector service delivery alone? - it is estimated that $3.7 trillion are needed to close the SDG gap? - over 1,340 organizations currently manage $502 billion in impact investing assets worldwide? This course will help you understand the critical role that the private sector can play in helping governments reach their public health targets.
Unpacks the role of the private sector in achieving health goals. Addresses the question of whether or not the private sector is helping achieve SDGs through social enterprises, impact investors, and commercial health providers. Provides a practical understanding of private sector engagement in the health sector and will review market-based approaches and investments, which are meant to accelerate the progress of LMICs towards their 'Journey to Self-Reliance'. Uses case studies, in keeping USAID's private sector engagement policy at the heart of the course, to expand on the concept and provides pragmatic insights into the interests of development donors, banks, impact investors, corporations, foundations, and entrepreneurs in this space. Uses a cross-cutting theme of learning exchange and debate on success stories and failures from across LMICs.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualize the role of private sector in global health for greater scale, sustainability, and effectiveness of development or humanitarian response
  2. Identify what constitutes health markets, and who are the actors in financing, delivery and policymaking of business solutions in global health
  3. Analyze different market-based approaches and critique case studies on private sector engagement from LMICs
  4. Apply the learning to program design and implementation in health systems
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 50% Case studies analysis
  • 30% Final Paper
Special Comments

This course will have 12 hours of Pre-course homework and 12 hours of Post-course homework