Brandon L Guthrie
G H 590
Focuses on topics relevant to global health. Offered: AWSpS.
This course is a seminar series that engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.
Student learning goals
Describe current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, their magnitude, scope, and implications for individuals and the greater community.
Provide specific examples of how bioengineers can work with clinical and public health researchers to address these challenges.
Discuss the characteristics of successful bioengineering solutions and identify factors that must be addressed to ensure their effectiveness, acceptability, and broad adoption.
General method of instruction
Each class session will be dedicated to a topic relevant to improving health of women, children and adolescents. Most sessions will include two presenters, with a discussion of clinical and epidemiologic issues followed by a description of active bioengineering research that has potential to address the clinical challenge. An interactive discussion will follow these presentations, during which the audience and the presenters will have an opportunity to interact, providing an open interdisciplinary venue to foster collaboration and innovation.
Throughout the quarter, students will discuss opportunities for future research. Students from different departments will work in pairs to develop a research idea and formulate a proposal concept in the form of a 1-page specific aims. During the final class session, students will present and discuss their proposal.
No prerequisites required
Class assignments and grading
This course will be graded on a credit/no credit basis. The criteria for receiving credit for the course will depend on satisfactory completion of the student responsibilities described below. Students may register for 1 or 2 credits, which will determine the specific responsibilities.
Enrolled for 1 Credit: Students are expected to complete any required reading and to participate in the discussion portion of each session. They will submit specific aims for a proposal concept to address the health of women, children and adolescents and present their proposal to the class.
Enrolled for 2 Credits: Students are expected to complete any required reading and to participate in the discussion portion of each session. After each class session, students will participate in an online discussion board addressing the presented topic and complete a summary of each session, outlining the key opportunities for intervention and how emerging technologies may improve health. Students will also submit specific aims for a proposal concept to address the health of women, children and adolescents and present their proposal to the class.