What will I learn?


We explore what it takes to change health behaviors for ourselves and others.

When it comes to health, the most common causes of suffering are preventable, and they’re related to our daily behaviors around eating, moving, sleeping, thinking, and socializing. This class explores how human-centered design, integrated with behavioral science, can help us create meaningful and lasting health behavior changes, for ourselves and others. Whether you’re passionate about health, wellness, and medicine, or merely curious about these fields, you will leave this course with practical design thinking skills and a design toolkit for habit change and healthy habit formation. You will work in interdisciplinary teams and be paired with a patient-volunteer from the Stanford Coordinated Care Clinic to embark on two design projects: to improve aspects of your own health, and to address aspects of your patient-volunteer’s health. These patients have volunteered and have been referred to us by one of our course instructors, Dr. Nancy Cuan, MD, who helps lead the clinic.

This is a project-based class involving real-world health challenges that are complex and nuanced. This course is primarily meant for graduate students. (Especially qualified/motivated undergraduates will be considered).

Learn With

Teaching Team

Dennis Boyle
IDEO, Design for Health

Dr. Nancy Lum Cuan MD
Stanford Coordinated Care Clinic Physician

Dr. Sarah Mummah PhD
User Experience Research, Google


Any questions?

How do I contact the teaching team?

Email us at dennis@ideo.com.


  • Spring 2019

  • DESINST 423

  • 10 weeks

  • TTh 4:30 – 6:20pm

  • 3 units

  • Letter Grade

  • Studio 2


Apply by March 8th, 11:59p.

Applications are closed.

Accepting 24 Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs.