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Innovation for Global Health Course

Jose from Little Devices That Could (LTDC) is going to be helping out with a fantastic looking course being offered by Harvard-MIT. The post below, with permission, is from LTDC. The course has some very bright minds involved. Could you imagine a collaborative course like this on every campus? I would bet there would be some great results. If you have any input or project ideas, send Jose an email (see his website below). 

UPDATE: This course will be available via:
1. opencourseware
2. telecast (with hope of reaching overseas univs also)
3. open access to materials
4. potential roll out in other schools in 2009

From Little Devices that Could:
LTDC Goes to Graduate School: Harvard-MIT announce HST 939,  Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health
Following a long history at MIT of incredible classes like D-Lab, Developmental Entrepreneurship and S-Lab from Sloan School of Management,the joint program in Health and Technology by Harvard and MIT have announced HST 939:Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health.

The class will focus on exploring new ways and avenues of answering global health’s most vexing problems at the intersection of business, public health, and disruptive technologies. Hands on participation in real life projects with international community and corporate partners will allow students to experience global health development 2.0 from the start.

The class is the brainchild of HST affiliate Jeff Blander, a social entrepreneur and global health expert, who teamed up with Utkan Demirci, a scientist and inventor at Harvard with a shared focus on global health technologies. They’ve asked Yours Truly to participate in the design and instruction of the technology and bottom-up innovation aspects of the class, and I’ve heartedly agreed.

If my posts have been infrequent lately, I apologize, but the there has been a lot of work to set up some exciting projects which I will be sharing with you shortly. We are continuing to receive a lot of interest from corporate and foundation sponsors about their own projects and the door is open for continuing collaboration. One of the most exciting aspects of the course is its commitment to cross-institutional collaboration. The current partners include companies, NGOs, and other academic institutions beyond Harvard and MIT. So get ready, in a few months, we’ll be highlighting the next little devices that could—and the business report cards that go along with them! Everything starts in Spring 2008, but you can submit your projects now!

From Little Devices that Could


Written by Aman

December 6, 2007 at 8:59 am

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  1. I look forward to observing the project’s development and participating when appropriate. The initial topic for the forum, launching a medical device company, is an area of interest to me as I have been working in this area since getting my bioengineering degree and MBA years ago.


    December 20, 2007 at 3:24 pm

  2. Hey,We are here taking a MSc in Global Health course in Trinity,Ireland.We, the studnets are from different continents of the world and frm different backgrounds of our undergrads! A live true start to thinking ,sharing experiences and working together globally for a better Globe! Could this be an area for sharing ideas?

    Behailu Merdekios

    December 19, 2007 at 8:02 am

  3. We are currently exploring collobration ideas with several partners ourselves like Oracle and Mass General. We would like more information on this course and possible sharing of ideas.

    Bill Mannion

    December 11, 2007 at 7:51 pm

  4. Wow. Sounds very good. I’m in the UK so would appreciate it if it was available online or something. the global world is now very small thanks to technology!


    December 7, 2007 at 2:35 am

  5. This course sounds incredible! Do you think there’s any chance they will be webcasting it or making some of the materials available for other students involved in the field?

    Alison Bloch

    December 6, 2007 at 10:56 am

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