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Better Health Systems Initiative


Better Health Systems is a research initiative to study how systems can achieve quality and responsivness while expanding coverage.

Housed within the Mailman School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, the program will develop cutting-edge scholarship in the area of universal health coverage and quality of care in low- and middle-income countries. The global movement toward universal health coverage is rooted in the concept of equitable access to a high-quality health system.  Such a health system should effectively address infectious diseases and maternal and child health as well as chronic conditions and injuries, meeting health needs across the life course, including those of youth and older adults. A key health system function is provision of financial protection from high costs of care, particularly for the poor.  Universal health coverage will only improve health and reduce financial hardship if health systems deliver better preventive and curative services, and only if those services are valued and used by the population.

The program will be led by Dr. Margaret E. Kruk, MD, MPH from the Department of Health Policy and Management.  Core faculty includes Professor Lynn P. Freedman (Population and Family Health) and Dr. Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed (Epidemiology). The program will benefit from synergies with the U.S. and cross-national research done in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Mailman Global Health Initiative, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and other school- and university-wide centers and programs.