2023-2024 Catalog

HLTH-843 Design Thinking for Healthcare Solutions

Students in this elective course learn to apply principles of design thinking and biomimicry to create new ways of meeting the challenges faced by today's healthcare organizations. Design thinking brings a novel, holistic, and intensively customer-focused approach to solving business problems. It can be applied to patient care processes and workflows as well as to devices and technology, to improve quality, patient safety, or patient experience, or to increase revenues or minimize waste. Biomimicry relies on learning design lessons from nature. Together, design thinking, and biomimicry can provide a powerful complement to the analytical problem-solving skills students learn in their core courses. In this course, students work individually and in teams as they learn the tools of design thinking and biomimicry and apply them to real-world healthcare problems.