What will I learn?


Using design thinking to create a more human-centered healthcare journey.

For many people, participating in the American healthcare system is confusing, frustrating and often disempowering. It is also an experience fueled with emotional intensity and feelings of vulnerability. The current ecosystem, with its complexity and multiple stakeholders, is rife with human-centered design opportunities. An especially sticky set of issues lies in the ways people navigate healthcare: understanding how the system works, accessing information about services, making decisions about treatment and interventions, and advocating for needs.

Are you looking for a defining moment in your experience at Stanford? Do you want to be an innovator in the healthcare space? Are you interested in applying design thinking approaches and tools to medicine and wellbeing?

This class is designed to give students an active experience applying design thinking approaches and tools to improve the navigation of healthcare. Students will learn deeper application of the end-to-end design thinking process including how to uncover needs in traditionally sensitive topic areas, generate novel interventions, and prototype different forms of solutions. It is an opportunity to interact with healthcare providers, patients, and healthcare movers and shakers in the bay area. Expect lots of engaging fieldwork, collaborative team projects, and the opportunity to drive impact through work with local medical centers on real-world design challenges.

Learn With

Teaching Team

David Janka, M.D.
Stanford d.school

Emilie Wagner, MBA
Stanford d.school

Alexander Clarke, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Contact Us


Email David (djanka@dschool.stanford.edu) or Emilie (emilie@thinkmobius.com)


  • Fall 2018

  • DESINST 225 / EMED 255

  • T + Th, 10:30a-12:50p

  • 4 Units

  • Letter Grade

  • Studio 1



Applications are now closed.