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.

This class is designed to give students an active experience applying design thinking approaches and tools to improve navigation of the healthcare space. 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. 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. This class will significantly deepen your perspective on health care. 

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  • DESINST255/ EMED255
  • Tue + Thu: 10:30a - 12:50p 
  • 4 Units
  • Letter Grade
  • Studio 3 


Admission by application. Apply by September 8. 


Accepting 18-22 students. 

Priority given to Graduate Students, Fellows & Post-Docs.