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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. The application for winter 2023 opens on December 1, 2022.

Course title
Global Health: Scaling Health Technology Innovations in Low-Resource Settings
Course number(s) Quarter(s)
MED 232
Schedule Units
1:30-4:20 pm
Eligible students
Enrollment information
By application only 
Learning goals
  • Provide an overview of technology innovations in global health industry, including history and future trajectory
  • Explore five important technology areas (vaccines, drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health) with a special emphasis on the role of new advances such as AI/ML, IoT, and big data in each
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of key challenges companies face when bringing innovative health technologies in resource-constrained settings, including technical, regulatory, clinical, and business model barriers
  • Introduce students to the opportunities for innovation in the field of “global health” – health for underserved communities everywhere (including the US)
  • Expose students to different career pathways in the global health technology field

What the Students Are Saying…

“Take the course! The teaching team is incredibly dedicated, and I felt like I learned so much that I would not have learned in other classes. I also liked the opportunity to work on a project and the opportunity to continue working on it in the future.”

The material is so interesting, and you hear from very experienced individuals within their fields about health technologies and how to scale them. The group project is an extremely valuable experience, as you get to collaborate with other brilliant students and gain experience helping a company with a real-world problem.”

A good overview of the global health landscape, especially if you have little prior background. The instructors are very enthusiastic, and having a mix of students from the med school, business school, etc. was interesting to get different perspectives."

“I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to interact with incredible instructors, guests, and peers with deep experience in the global health space.”