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Addressing global health challenges through clinical immersion and design

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Design for Global Health Academic Program

  • At a glance
  • 100Student clinical immersions
  • 300Student designers
  • 7Field sites

What We've Done

over 70 design projects

Understanding the subtle cultural difficulties in the setting of intended use is close to impossible without the full immersion into that setting. Without knowing the true difficulties and how they are managed, other teams who we have had contact with have difficulty meeting the demands of their end users. Other student design teams struggle to fully understand the user requirements and find it hard to achieve them with a completed prototype based off literature before initiating contact with the end user.

Gillian Henker, CTO and co-founder of Sisu Global Health (Academic Program Participant 2010)

Why Participate in the Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI)? Learn More →

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Gain valuable professional design skills

Industry looks for prospective employees who have not only mastered skills in the classroom but successfully applied these skills in the field

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Engage first-hand in design project in an intercultural setting

Students work directly with stakeholders at international field sites and in Ann Arbor to design and prototype solutions to identified health challenges.

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Make an impact

GHDI works collaboratively with partners at UM and at international field sites to define and develop medical device designs appropriate for use in low-resource settings

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2016 Design for Global Health Interns

This year's team included:

Three teams worked on water access and family planning projects in Kenya and Ethiopia this summer

Recent Updates

SISU Global Health

Sisu Global Health is a for-profit medical device company that grew out of a GHDI academic program project. Find out more about their story and accomplishments at

Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design

GHDI is excited to announce its newest academic offering – the Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design (PGHD). PGHD will allow students to concentrate their electives and engage in projects related to global health design and earn notation on their transcript.