Biodesign for Mobile Health

Student Experiences

The primary goal of the Biodesign for Mobile Health course is to train students in a process for creating innovations that meet mobile health needs. We accomplish this through class lectures, panels, discussions and team work. Learn more about the experiences students have in the course through these stories and testimonials.

The teams featured here continued to develop their technologies beyond the term of the Bioesign for Mobile Health course through our extension funding programs. Read about the Biodesign NEXT extension funding program, which is currently available to students taking select Biodesign courses.

Project Spotlights

  • Biodesign NEXT Facilitates Student Plans to Help Low-Income Californians Eat Healthy

    With limited access to health care services, low-income Californians have a high prevalence of chronic conditions including obesity and diabetes. To help reduce their health risks, a team of students in Stanford’s Biodesign for Mobile Health course conceived a mobile app that would help them consume a more nutritious diet. When the end of the quarter threatened to halt their progress prematurely, the team turned to a new funding program, Biodesign NEXT, to keep their endeavor moving forward.


  • Stanford Biodesign Students Develop App To Help Injured College Athletes Heal, Mentally and Physically

    When college athletes are injured and unable to participate in the sports that define them, the psychological stress they experience can be even more devastating than the injuries. Created by former student athletes in the Biodesign for Mobile Health course, Resilete is a mobile app that provides affordable, accessible emotional support and motivation for injured athletes through their recovery and beyond.


  • Stanford Biodesign Team Creates App To Help Caregivers Meet The Challenges Of Dementia

    The effort required to meet the daily, changing needs of a loved one with dementia is exhausting and even debilitating to the health of the caregiver. A new mobile app developed out of the Biodesign for Mobile Health course helps caregivers manage these challenges and remember the person they knew before dementia.


What Students Are Saying…

“It is single-handedly the most important class I have taken in my entire undergraduate career. Learning about the emerging mobile health industry from entrepreneurs, doctors, VC partners, and other key leaders of the field taught me about the importance of needs finding, research, prototyping, iteration, and developing a great business model in any new venture.”

“Amazing network and understanding of the digital health landscape!”

“Speakers are knowledgeable/experienced in their field and able to provide unique perspective relevant to the topic at hand ... It's nice that moderators change from panel to panel, so the class gets a diversity of opinion.”

“I went from knowing nothing about the Biodesign process, and the field of mobile health, to knowing a great deal. I also improved my ability to work with team members from other disciplines, an important skill.”

“This class is a wonderful opportunity to engage with world-class medtech professionals and learn from their unique experiences. The project component is demanding but well worth the effort for anyone interesting in pursuing entrepreneurial activities in bioengineering.”

“The Biodesign for Mobile Health Immersion Program has been, and continues to be, one of my favorite experiences at Stanford. As a medical student in the program, I have found it incredibly invigorating to tackle medical challenges and engage in patient problems through a different perspective. I strongly believe that the multidisciplinary, team-based, and hands-on approach to learning has enriched my education and will aid me in developing future innovations that will truly help society.”

“Overall, this was a SPECTACULAR course and by far one of the most valuable learning experiences I have had throughout my education.”

“This class is a wonderful opportunity to engage with world-class medtech professionals and learn from their unique experiences. The project component is demanding but well worth the effort for anyone interesting in pursuing entrepreneurial activities in digital health.”