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ENGR 350U/ANTH 300: Global Health Design in Uganda
Kampala, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 12/01/2017 12/08/2017 03/11/2018 03/17/2018
NOTE: Pay your deposit before December 1st, and receive a $100 early-bird discount!
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship:
CWRU-arranged
Program Purpose:
Research, Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Field Station Guest House Program Director/Assistant Director: Andrew Rollins, Biomedical Engineering, rollins@case.edu, Janet McGrath, Anthropology (janet.mcgrath@case.edu)
Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit Deposit: $300
Total Program Cost:
$3,400 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, All meals, Excursion, Flights, Housing, Visa Fees
Not Included in Program Cost: Vaccinations
Program Description:
The CWRU Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative (AEC) offers this unique course applying social science and engineering skills and expertise to address global health issues in Uganda. The AEC is part of a longstanding collaboration between CWRU and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Students collaborate with students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the CWRU student group, Global Health Design Collaborative (GHDC), to design and implement solutions to specific health issues in Luwero, Uganda.

Students meet weekly during the semester to learn about global health technology and anthropology. Students work with GHDC and program faculty on specific projects; activities may include conducting needs assessment, prototype development, design validation and verification, and preparation of a project report. Current projects focus on designing a pediatric pulse oximeter; identifying means to preserve the cold chain for vaccine outreach, and improving medical waste disposal.

In Uganda, students and their Makerere University counterparts travel together to Luwero district where they visit health centers to collaborate with local staff to review current design prototypes and issues. Activities include: talking to health center staff at different levels of the health care system, observing a community health outreach, and meeting with diverse stakeholders in Luwero and Kampala. Students gain hands-on experience in engineering design, social science methods, and working in transnational, interdisciplinary teams and contribute directly to ongoing efforts to address global health issues in Uganda. Students are encouraged to contribute to the projects through ongoing work with GHDC.

The course may be taken as either ENGR 350U or ANTH 300. The course fee covers travel and on-the-ground expenses. The class is open to all majors but enrollment is by application and instructors' consent. Enrollment in 3 credit hours meets the CAS Global and Culture diversity requirement or the CSE social science requirements.