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Applications for 2021-2022 program have now opened. Applications for a Fall 2021 start will close on August 1, 2021. Applications for a Spring 2022 start will open in Fall 2021.

FALL 2021 APPLICATION

There are two opportunities to be involved as a Fellow in the Design Health Program in Fall 2021, described below:

 
In Design Health 1: Discover, fellows focus on aspects of upstream marketing, particularly needs-finding in the clinical environment using tools such as observational research and interviewing. Students work closely with Duke University Health System staff and may participate in needs-finding in the hospital environment; as such hospital policies around vaccinations, safety & confidentiality training will be required. Students participating in DH1 will need to be in the Durham area for clinical observations. 
 
In Design Health 3: Deploy, fellows work on a need and solution that has already been identified by an interdisciplinary team. They prototype, refine, and test the solution, and create business strategies to deploy the product into the market. At the end of this course, students will have a product and business plan ready to seek external funding. Clinical observation is not required for this phase, though we do encourage (not require) participants to be in-person to prototype and test the product in our design facilities.

Eligibility

The program is seeking applicants from:

  • School of Medicine (residents, fellows, and third-year medical students)
  • School of Nursing (all programs)
  • Pratt School of Engineering (graduate students)
  • Trinity School (graduate students)
  • Law School
  • Fuqua School of Business (2nd year MBA students)

Exceptional Juniors and Seniors with design or product development experience may also be considered. PhD students and medical trainees will require the permission of their department to participate.

All prospective participants should be willing to commit five to ten hours each week. Participants will receive coaching from experts in medicine, innovation product development processes, entrepreneurship and engineering both internal and external to Duke. Individuals should not enter the program with a specific need or solution in mind; they must be willing to explore several opportunities through a structured discovery process.

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Send an email anytime to designhealth@duke.edu