Years of impact: Liberia adopts Yale capstone student recommendations for national medical education reform

A half-dozen Yale students and faculty members recently met on campus with Dr. Bernice Dahn, the former Liberian Minister of Health, to discuss implementation recommendations by Yale student capstone groups to improve healthcare in the West African nation of Liberia.

The groups’ work began more than three years ago when the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs approached the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) to propose a capstone course related to global health. The senior capstone project allows global affairs majors to gain public-policy experience. GHLI agreed to move forward with the project and nine seniors in the Jackson Institute’s Global Affairs program enrolled in the first course, providing them with an opportunity to assist a real-world client in Liberia.