Development of an Undergraduate Minor Specialization in Sustainable Global Health Design

University of Michigan, 2009 - $41,000

Globalization has increased the need for a socially aware, interdisciplinary workforce with intercultural competence. In order to satisfy both the needs of current employers and socially inclined undergraduate students, this grant is supporting the implementation a Specialization in Sustainable Global Health Design (GDH). Building on the new minor in multidisciplinary design infrastructure within the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the GDH Specialization will provide interdisciplinary undergraduate engineering students with an intense two-semester design course featuring project scoping, co-creation with the community it intends to serve, technology introduction, and re-design.

Students will have an opportunity to design and prototype sustainable products that address a significant health needs while simultaneously assessing social venture potential in the communities they are trying to serve.