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The Design for Global Health Program provides students with an opportunity to address global health challenges through clinical immersion and design coursework. Since 2008, ~100 students from the University of Michigan have performed design ethnography at hospitals in Michigan, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and China to identify and prioritize healthcare challenges that can be partially addressed through engineering design. The clinical immersion component of this program is remotely mentored by Global Health Design Initiative faculty and staff so student teams MUST exercise independence in travel. When students return to campus for the Fall semester, they develop and test solution concepts as part of a capstone design experience using knowledge gained during their clinical immersion work. Students have the option of continuing their projects through a second semester of design and/or completing the specialized study in global health design.
Past themes: maternal health, physical medicine & rehabilitation, water access, minimally invasive surgery, oncological surgery, cardiovascular surgery, and clinical operations & workflow.
Selected students will be placed into cohorts. Each cohort will spend their clinical immersion and design ethnography experience at a different clinical setting in either Michigan, Ghana, Ethiopia, or Kenya. Students will have the opportunity to list their field site preference in their application.
Confirmed 2018 field sites:
St. Paul’s Hospital – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
More 2018 field sites to be confirmed soon!
The 2017 field sites were:
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital – Kumasi, Ghana
Korele Bu Teaching Hospital – Accra, Ghana
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Consolata and Meru Level 5 Hospitals – Meru, Kenya
Clinical Operations and Workflow
Hamilton Community Health Network – Flint, MI
This program is open to University of Michigan students from all departments who will have senior standing in Fall 2018. This is a highly selective application process. There is no foreign language requirement for this program. The Global Health Design Initiative strives to create multidisciplinary teams. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
The clinical immersion component of this program is highly independent with guidance from the Global Health Design Initiative staff and faculty being delivered remotely. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to exercise initiative, independence, and good judgement.
This co-creative design program with UM and project stakeholders has three components. Please read the following information carefully to best understand program requirements.
This experience can count as part of the Multidisciplinary Design Minor, Specialization in Global Health Design. However, participating students are not required to enroll in the minor.
Note: ME450/ENGR450 can be taken as an engineering technical elective. The course is pre-approved Mechanical engineering students as their senior design course (Major Design Experience); Biomedical engineering students may substitute ME450/ENGR450 for their senior biomedical design course with approval from their academic advisor.
Non-engineering students are eligible to enroll in ME450/ENGR450 or may choose to substitute a suitable alternate independent study course. Approval of this course is mandatory by both GHDI and a faculty member from the student’s department before acceptance into the program is finalized.
Students who do not plan to take ME450/ENGR450 will be asked to list their proposed alternate course in their application.
Students will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Hostel/guesthouse, student dormitory, and/or homestay options can be recommended based on prior student experiences.
All selected students are eligible to receive up to a $3500 USD stipend to offset clinical immersion program costs. This stipend will be first applied to the clinical elective training fees and may also be used for other travel expenses (i.e. GeoBlue Traveler’s insurance required for UM-related travel, airfare, accommodations and transportation, food, health-related travel costs, project materials). Past clinical immersion experiences have ranged between $2750-4500 USD.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for additional outside funding sources to offset international travel and living costs. Students will be required to disclose all funding sources used to support the program.
Program Duration: The Design for Global Health Program spans at least one full year beginning in January 2018. The summer fieldwork experiences is ~8 weeks long and will be completed between May and August 2018.
Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017 at 11:59PM
Priority Deadline Decision: December 31, 2017 at 11:59PM
Interviews for priority admission will begin immediately following the priority deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis. It is highly recommended that students submit their applications prior to the priority deadline. Accepted students will have 10 days to confirm their space.
Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to Caroline Soyars at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.Learn More →
Since inception, we have worked on projects in maternal health, family planning, minimally invasive surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and more. Explore our past and current projects.Learn More →