Global Biodesign Course


Global Health: Scaling Health Technology Innovations in Low-Resource Settings explores critical questions regarding the implementation and impact of technological innovations in low-resource settings.

The course features thought leaders from the health technology community, who provide examples of technologies that have been successful in low-resource communities, as well as those that have failed. A subset of these examples are drawn from the current pandemic.

During the quarter, students think critically about conditions under which technologies reach scale and have a positive impact in the global health field. They also have the opportunity to work on real-world projects, each of which focuses on helping a company devise effective plans for enabling its health technology to achieve scale in a low-resource setting.

Questions? Contact Anurag Mairal.

Course title
Global Health: Scaling Health Technology Innovations in Low-Resource Settings
Course number(s) Quarter(s)
MED 232
Schedule Units
1:30-4:30 pm
Eligible students
Enrollment information
By application only 
Learning goals
  • Expose students to the global health technology industry and some of the major changes taking place within the field
  • Compare/contrast six important regions and the key challenges and opportunities companies face when seeking to commercialize health technologies in those geographies
  • Provide students with an introduction to “global health” (and how it differs from the global health technology industry more broadly); explore the advantages and disadvantages of for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid models in this space
  • Gain a basic understanding of career paths in global health technology; network with leaders from the industry throughout the quarter

What the Students Are Saying…

“I really liked the fact that we heard from so many leading experts working outside of the United States. It was refreshing to hear different global perspectives and exciting to meet so many influential people involved in health technology around the world.”

“I am passionate about this subject. And the level of class engagement clearly showed that many other students feel similarly. I think we all learned a lot.”

“I found the course very valuable and learned a great deal about the dynamic obstacles and opportunities in global health technology.”

“This is a valuable course that opens up the world of entrepreneurship on a global scale. The instructors are experts and excellent at relating the subject matter in an interesting way.”

“This is definitely a great class to take if you are interested in global medtech markets. The professors are very committed and very knowledgeable. This course is great for networking in the industry as well.”