Kosovo: Health Policy Research Project











Project Overview

As one of the world’s newest countries, Kosovo has faced the challenge of constructing a new health system. Despite progress, significant challenges remain to ensuring access to high quality care for the country’s population. In Summer 2016, GHI sent a team of student researchers to work on a study of women's access to health care in Kosovo. In 2017, GHI will work with the organization Action for Mothers and Children, a Kosovar nongovernmental organizational, on a policy research project focused on maternal health care in Kosovo. Students will spend spring term in a policy research methods seminar and then spend Summer 2016 conducting field research in Kosovo. At the end of the project, students will produce a policy report with recommendations for the Ministry of Health of Kosovo.

Program Design:

The Kosovo Health Policy Research Project offers a unique opportunity for students with an interest in global health and public policy to join a team researching a critical health policy question in an international environment. This opportunity combines an independent study in public policy with a fully funded team project in Kosovo. Students will receive course credit at the conclusion of the summer project.

Who Should Apply

This advanced opportunity is open to rising seniors and medical students with a background in public health, social sciences, or policy research and an interest in global health policy.  Students should demonstrate a relevant academic or co-curricular background, project management skills, an ability to work in a cross-cultural environment, and a high level of initiaitve and adaptibility.  Students selected for this opportunity must be available to participate in both a public policy seminar during the Spring 2016 term and a 10 week international internship during Summer 2016. 

Specific requirements of this opportunity are as follows:

  • Academic background in public policy, public health, global health, social science research, gender studies, or other related fields. Public policy minors or students with experience in the Policy Research Shop are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Prior social science, public health, or policy research strongly desired; 
  • Strong cross cultural skills and ability to work in a non-English environment;
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Application Process:

Students interested in the Kosovo Health Policy Research Project apply through the Global Health Internship Application. The deadline for applications is February 17, 2017 at 5:00pm. Applicants will submit a transcript, one to two letters of recommendation, and a résumé at the time of submission. 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Anne Sosin, Program Manager at the Global Health Initiative.




Friday, February 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center