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**NEW** APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED AND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RISING JUNIORS AND SENIORS!
The Design for Global Health Academic Program is sponsored by the University of Michigan Global Health Design Initiative and provides students with an opportunity to address global health challenges through clinical immersion and design coursework. To date, more than 100 UM undergraduate students have performed front-end design work using design ethnography methodology at hospitals in Michigan, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and China since 2008.
The program consists of pre-immersion training in the Winter 2019 term, a 4-8 week clinical immersion in Ghana, Ethiopia, or Kenya Summer 2019, and design coursework in the Fall 2019 term. During the Winter 2019 term, students study front-end design processes, complete thematic clinical readings, and learn about contextually relevant topics to prepare for their clinical immersion experience. Students then complete a 4-8 week clinical immersion over the summer where they gain practical hands-on experience identifying, defining, and/or assessing early-stage concept solutions for engineering design problems through direct interactions with healthcare providers and other stakeholders. When students return to campus in the fall semester, they enroll in design coursework (e.g., capstone design course, multidisciplinary design program course) to develop and test concept solutions using the knowledge gained during their clinical immersion work. Students in the program also have the opportunity to earn credit hours towards the Multidisciplinary Design Minor with Global Health Design Specialization or the Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design.
Thurs. Oct 25, 5:30PM, 2018 @ 3350 GG Brown Building Mon. Oct 29, 6PM, 2018 @ PIE Space (1st Floor Shapiro) Wed. Nov 7, 5PM, 2018 @ 3350 GG Brown Building Thurs. Nov 8, 4PM, 2018 @ UMSI Engagement Center (above Panera)
Thurs. Jan. 24, 5PM, 2019 @ 3350 GG Brown Building
*Class standing is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. GHDI strives to create multidisciplinary teams therefore students from all disciplines and departments are encouraged to apply. Past participants have come from a wide range of academic disciplines, including engineering, nursing, anthropology, and many others.
**The clinical immersion component of this program is highly independent compared to many other international education programs.
This co-creative design program with University of Michigan and project stakeholders has three components. Please read the following information carefully to best understand program requirements.
1. Winter 2019: Pre-immersion Training and Coursework (Ann Arbor)
2. Spring/Summer 2019: Clinical Immersion and Design Ethnography Experience (Field Site)
3. Fall 2019: Design Coursework (Ann Arbor)
Selected students will be placed into cohorts. Each cohort will spend their clinical immersion and design ethnography experience at a specific field site with a designated clinical theme.
Potential summer 2019 field sites and clinical themes include:
Emergency Medicine (Needs Finding or Deep Dive)
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Deep Dive or Problem-Solution Co-Evolution)
Ophthalmology (Needs Finding)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Needs Finding, Deep Dive, or Problem-Solution Co-Evolution)
The credit earned from this experience can count towards the Multidisciplinary Design Minor with Global Health Design Specialization. Coursework may also count toward the Specialized Study Programs in Global Health Design. However, participating students are not required to enroll in these academic programs.
Past clinical immersion experiences have ranged between $2,750-4,500 USD.
All selected students will be awarded the Global Health Design Scholarship, a competitive award established by The Papadopoulos Family Foundation, Mike and Phyllis Korybalski, and The Joseph B. And Florence V. Cejka Foundation. Global Health Design Scholars will receive up to $4,500 USD to offset clinical immersion program costs.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for additional outside funding sources to offset international travel costs. Students will be required to disclose all funding sources used to support the program.
Passports and Visa
A valid passport is required for international travel. Passports must be valid for six months after the end of the program. Information about visas will be provided after acceptance.
Priority Deadline: November 11, 2018 at 11:59PM
**EXTENDED** Final Deadline: January 30, 2019 at 11:59PM
**EXTENDED** Final Selection Decision: March 1, 2019
Interviews for priority admission will begin immediately following the priority deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline. It is highly recommended to apply early.
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.
Need to Know
The clinical immersion experience is remotely mentored by the Global Health Design Initiative faculty and staff by phone, video chat, or email contact. Applicants must be comfortable with navigating a new setting and independently making decisions while at field sites. Participants will work in teams of 2-4 with other GHDI academic program and/or internship participants. Teams will be responsible for managing their time, arranging and using local accommodations and transportation, and maintaining contact with their mentors and family.
Please direct advising inquiries and program-specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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