Program Highlights

Program Dates


Faculty Directors

Dr. Alice Ammerman and Laura Fiesleman, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Program Highlights

The innovative and sustainable nature of entrepreneurial pursuit can benefit public health and good system initiatives, especially when entrepreneurship identifies economically self-sustaining solutions to public health challenges.

This program will introduce students to basic concepts and case studies of commercial and social entrepreneurship as applied to the pursuit of public health through both for-profit and non-profit entities This course features many guest speakers with successful experience in public health entrepreneurship in diverse arenas as well as those who have experienced challenges or venture failures.

Field-based activities are an integral part of the program. Specific excursions will be confirmed closer to the start date of the program, but will include activities like:

  • Guest lectures from faculty Chiang Mai University’s Department of Community Medicine, Payap University’s Centre for Social Impact, and Chiang Mai University’s Master of Public Health
  • Site visits to Free Bird Cafe (Free Bird supports Burmese refugees and other minorities living in Chiang Mai), PunPun Centre for Sustainability (PunPun uses business lines to bring revenue and education to the village of Mae Daeng), Chai Lai Orchid (a hotel run by anti-trafficking organization, Daughters Rising), Ma:D Hub (Ma:D started as a co-working space for social enterprises and now calls itself “Club for Better Society”), and Jasberry Co, Ltd. (an enterprise using small-scale farming to help farmers grow out of poverty).