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Public Health Tech Entrepreneurship

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Spring 2016
Public Health 198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

I. Course Description:


Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.


We believe that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to solve many of the problems related to chronic illness and poor health, and that technology has a role in mediating this change. However, technology and public health are still being taught in silos. We want to disrupt this paradigm. Ultimately, we hope that by providing students with knowledge, tools, and guidance in health and entrepreneurship, we can get the brightest minds on this problem.


Goal of this course:

Throughout the semester, we feature weekly guest speakers from academia, the tech industry, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and the government who share their perspectives on entrepreneurship and technology in health. We will also be holding workshops on business plan creation, survey development, and applying to the Big Ideas and Clinton Health Global Initiative conferences. Through this, we hope to inspire and guide students in designing innovative projects that tackle challenges related to health.


III. Required Reading Materials

1. Various Articles: Required weekly readings will be announced via email.

IV. Final: Design of Innovative Project for Social Change

In teams, students must design and write a business plan for a project, idea, or intervention related to health. The class will culminate in a pitch competition (5-minute pitch) with a prize.

VI. Grading Basis:

  • Attendance* / Participation:(10%)Students are expected to be engaged in the topic of discussion and pay attention to their peers and guest lecturers.

  • Reading Discussion-(15%)Students will be assigned a weekly reading, podcast, or video as HW. As there will be NO writing assignments, we ask that the students complete these reading, etc. and prepare to discuss the assignment during the first 15 mins of each class.

  • In-Class Work (25%)- Students will be given in-class time to work on their final project and presentation. Students will be asked to present their progress to the class at the end of each work period.

  • Final Project: (50%)-See above.

*More than two unexcused absences will result in a NP.

How to Enroll:

First come, first serve. (space is limited)


1) Please send us an email telling us why you are interested in the decal. (First come, first serve will be based off of the timestamp of these emails.)

2) Show up to the first class, January 26th in 2 Evans from 5-7 PM.We will give you the CCNs that day.

Hope to see you soon! :)

Course Contact: lochanshah AT


Faculty Sponsor: Abby Rincon

Time & Location:

Section 1Lochan Shah
Jennifer Shearer
252 EvansTu 5p-7p1/26started

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