Senior healthcare leaders from Brazil and graduate students from the Universidad Nove de Julio (UNINOVE) in Sao Paulo recently completed an intensive global healthcare seminar at the Sawyer Business School.

Hosted by the Business School’s Institute for Public Service and Center for Executive Education, the program offered a global perspective on a wide range of topics, including poverty, patient safety, access to medication and generic drugs, community health, and gynecologic oncology.

Richard Beinecke, a professor of both public and health administration, led talks on the American health system and the challenges of global healthcare. His expertise in healthcare administration spans the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad, ranging from Medicaid behavioral health managed care, and HIV/AIDS services to global mental health leadership. He’s also served in clinical and management positions at several community mental health centers.

Carlos Rufin, chair of Strategy and International Business Department and associate professor of strategy and international business, presented on poverty, health, and the economy and shared his deep knowledge of Brazil. He is particularly interested in the relationship between business, government, and society in developing countries and has helped low-income families in Rio de Janeiro manage their energy needs and gain access to new resources.

Additional speakers included Lecturer of Healthcare Administration Elizabeth Turner, UNINOVE Professor Marcia Novaretti, and Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development Research Associate Professor Joshua Cohen.

The group also went on site visits for several nearby health organizations, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber, the Fenway Community Health Center, and Children’s Hospital and its Family Advisory Group, which was arranged by Professor Aimee Williamson.

The Business School plans to offer the program again next summer and is exploring other opportunities for guest teaching, research, and consulting.