Health by Design is an intensive digital certificate program that introduces human-centred design for healthcare contexts.

Design is a creative problem-solving method, which focuses on designing for people’s needs by: 1) generating rich, qualitative perspectives on lived experiences; 2) defining actionable problems to address based on identified user needs; 3) building prototypes and iterating based on feedback; and 4) communicating solutions through storytelling

Over 9 weeks you will participate in 5 live virtual workshop sessions, which will occur every two weeks and asynchronous individual and small-group assignments, readings, case studies, and other activities on alternating weeks.


Familiarise yourself with the program prior to the first live virtual session with:

  • Technological orientation
  • Preliminary readings and videos

Live Virtual Sessions

  • 5 live two-hour sessions on weekday mornings
  • Learn new tools and methods, practice new skills
  • Leave with project-based assignments to integrate learnings

Program Schedule

Note: The studio sessions are asynchronous

  • Immersion and Design Research: Thursday January 12 (12-2pm)
  • Studio Session 1: Week of January 19
  • Sensemaking and Data Synthesis: Thursday January 26 (12-2pm)
  • Studio Session 2: Week of February 2
  • Creativity and Prototyping: Thursday February 9 (12-2pm)
  • Studio Session 3: Week of February 16
  • Learning in Action: Thursday February 23 (12-2pm)
  • Studio Session 4: Week of March 2
  • Project Pitch: Thursday March 9 (12-2pm)

Weekly Work Between Live Workshop Sessions

  • Team project work
  • Virtual team meetings


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  • Live Online Workshops: 5 sessions, 2 hours each
  • Asynchronous Sessions: 4 sessions
  • Group Project: Team meetings and project work
  • Participation: Online discussion, readings, videos, other activities in-between sessions