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Overview of Duke Design Health

The Design Health Program is a patient-focused program that discovers the pressing needs in healthcare and assembles teams from across engineering, business, medicine and other disciplines to create real-world solutions. The program provides an immersive learning experience where teams don’t solve pre-defined problems, but actively identify, validate and prioritize problems that will impact human health.

The competitive program is a nine-month extracurricular experience, launching in 2019. Through a partnership with the School of Medicine, members of each team will gather data and insight into the clinical environment and use structured ethnography tools to identify unmet, underserved and unarticulated needs.

Currently, the program is open to graduate students from the Pratt School of Engineering and the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (including PhD and master’s students), second-year MBA students from the Fuqua School of Business, students and trainees from the Duke Medical School, nurses and students from the School of Nursing, students from Duke Law, and undergraduates from any discipline.

Introducing the Program

The Design Health Program provides an immersive learning experience where teams don’t solve pre-defined problems, but actively identify, validate and prioritize problems that will impact human health.