Health by Design

January 16 - March 20, 2025 / Online

Design thinking is a human-centered process that invites us to think about, and approach, problems from new perspectives. With an emphasis on ideation, iteration, and collaboration, we can apply many components of design thinking to our work in healthcare and quality improvement.

When you participate in Health by Design, you join a community of health professionals who are pushing the boundaries by using design thinking to address real healthcare challenges. You’ll also generate novel ideas and test them in the clinical space.

Through live online workshops and a small group project, explore how design mindsets and methods can power the development of new health systems, services, and products rooted in people’s lived experiences. Discover different approaches, experiment, and collaborate with a diverse group of learners to generate much-needed solutions.

Learning Objectives

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Appreciate the mindsets and methods required to practice human-centered design
  • Become adept at using design thinking research tools to generate relevant qualitative and ethnographic data
  • Discover how to synthesize qualitative insights about users’ experiences, gathered through interviews and other forms of primary and secondary research into a scoped and defined problem frame
  • Amplify your creativity and generate solutions and interventions to a challenge
  • Design prototypes and iterate on your ideas to optimize your solutions

Program Structure

  • 5 live interactive workshops guiding you through the stages of a design process

  • 4 live, optional studio sessions for flexible learning between workshops

  • Activities, readings, videos and assessments completed where, when, and how you prefer to work

  • Small group mini-project focused on solving a current healthcare challenge

Who is Health by Design For?

This certificate program is designed for health professionals interested in creative problem solving, leading change, or exploring innovation in healthcare.

Many of our learners have found that the program material nicely supplemented their own work in quality improvement (QI). Some say that design thinking is the missing puzzle piece in furthering QI projects.

We welcome participation from:
  • Physicians
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Administrators
  • Faculty, Educators, and Researchers
  • Health entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs
  • Graduate students, post-doctoral students, medical residents, and young professionals

A diversity of perspectives, experiences, and expertise is welcome as it will lend itself to a dynamic interdisciplinary and applied learning environment.