Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management

Student Profiles

Heller MS students are simply amazing. We believe that our program attracts people who are uniquely driven to improving health systems for local communities. Our students come to Heller with an already-impressive array of skills and experiences, from doctors and nurses, to returned Peace Corps volunteers and public health workers. 

Kaique Fermiano Manuel

Kaique Fermiano Manuel, MS GHPM’22 (Brazil)

Manuel’s interests include data analytics, strategies design, monitoring and evaluation to achieve goals of improving education and health. Combined with his management and leadership background, he aims to use these skills to make a difference at the national and international level. 

“You impact health with education, and you impact education with health — especially when we’re talking about special education,” he says.

Kelly Akuffo

Kelly Akuffo, MS GHPM’22

Recipient of the Heller Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Akuffo says the global health policy and management program at Heller appealed to her because it is policy focused and incorporates STEM courses in health economics and data analysis that will help hone her analytical skills.

“What I like about the classes is that the professors challenge us to become change-makers. The curriculum encourages innovative solutions to many issues in the health system, from improving performance to eliminating access barriers for consumers,” she says.
Tori Lee, MBA/MS GHPM’22

Tori Lee, MBA/MS GHPM’22

“Heller is one of the few institutions where I saw an equal marriage of hard, corporate skills but also social justice values. I could learn to manage people and practice health equity in the same school.”

“I’m really interested in expanding what health care as a human right looks like in the United States, and for all people,” Lee says, referencing ideas such as Medicare for All. She hopes to help unite different institutions to create policy, “marrying my organizing background with more of the strategic project management that I'm learning here at Heller.”

Jamie Jason '20, MS GHPM'21

Jamie Jason '20, MS GHPM'21

“I really wanted to connect my in-classroom studies in health policy and analytics to a research project. As a research assistant, I was able to apply classroom learning to a real-world deliverable and use course concepts in my analysis.

I really recommend working on research as a Heller student. You’re able to establish a closer connection with your professors, which helps with class engagement. They really care about your development and how you are going to use the master’s degree in a professional setting."

Dahiana Loaiza

Dahiana Loaiza, MS GHPM/MA SID'20 (United States)

AmeriCorps CityYear alumnus, Recipient of the Heller Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

“I’m mostly focused on health resources allocated to marginalized communities. Even within Latinx populations, there’s marginalized sub-communities, such as indigenous folks. I’m interested in looking at why these health disparities exist, despite resources that have been made available. Often those communities haven’t been able to access them.”

Surayyo Ilnazarova, MS GHPM/MA SID’20 (Tajikistan)

“Pursuing dual degrees at Heller was a logical next step given my experience in public health and motivation to strengthen my ability to make a greater impact, taking on bigger projects to make larger-scale changes,” says Ilnazarova, who hopes to work for an international development agency in her country such as the World Health Organization or UNICEF. “I’m learning both health and development and understanding problems associated with them. Strategies to address some of the systemic causes of poor health outcomes among vulnerable communities are rooted within broader framework of sustainable development.”

Zizwa Mwafulirwa

Zizwa Mwafulirwa, MS GHPM'20 (Malawi)

“I wanted to become medical doctor because of the need in my community. I loved my patients...but I was working in a broken system, to be honest. The whole country [of Malawi] has about 500 physicians for a population of 20 million. With the limited health care resources, this system directly favors the rich and people who live in urban areas. These are really big problems that I wasn’t going to fix by sitting in a clinic. Instead of me dealing with a patient’s health problem that already developed, maybe I could work on a way to make sure that problem doesn’t come up at all. To take more of a systemic approach.”

Tozoe Marton

Tozoe Marton, MA SID/MS GHPM’20 (United States)

“I’m taking courses in STATA, and applied regression—it’s so difficult but I love it so much that I’m planning to take econometrics. I also love my class on International Health Systems and Development. We’re learning about all the interactions of different factors in a health system—it’s showing me how to apply the skills that I want to have when I graduate.”