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Addressing global health challenges through clinical immersion and design

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Design for Global Health Internship

  • At a glance
  • 140Student clinical immersions
  • 400Student designers
  • 7Field sites

What We've Done

~100 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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2017 Design for Global Health Students in Flint

This year's team included:

The first student interns and academic program students at the Hamilton Flint partner hospital.

Recent Updates

Design for Global Health Internship Applications are Now Open!

The Global Health Design Initiative is currently accepting applications for the Design for Global Health Internship. Find out more here.

GHDI Academic Program Team Wins Socially Engaged Design Award!

Congrats to the 2017 GHDI Academic Program team for winning the Fall 2017 Socially Engaged Design Award for their project titled “Second-Line Postpartum Hemorrhage Treatment for Low-Resource Settings”.