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Leading Innovation in Health Lab 

An Introduction to Human-Centered Design

Changing trends in healthcare require USC graduates who can use empathy, creativity and innovation to improve community health and well-being. The goal of this workshop is to equip health sciences students with the tools and skills to engage their communities and generate innovative solutions to health challenges. 

Lab Overview

What is Human-Centered Design?

Students will work with health science faculty in this experiential learning lab. In the spirit of Galen and his legacy, students will use their curiosity and creativity to generate innovative solutions to improve community health. Using principles of human-centered design (HCD), students will work in transdisciplinary teams to identify, develop, prototype then present an innovation that addresses a current health or social challenge. The Lab will consist of four activity-based sessions. Students will apply their newly learned (HCD) skills to complete project-based work independently. Teams will present their final innovation products to a panel of health science professionals and professors. The final innovation product may relate to a service delivery system, or a technology application, or a use of space design, or anything the team can develop in the time allotted. Students can use these products in resumes, as part of their Galen culminating experience, and towards the Graduation with Leadership Distinction portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Students who participate in this workshop will:

  • Work in transdisciplinary teams

  • Use human centered design tools to create, prototype, then present a health innovation

  • Develop an innovation product for their portfolios

  • Build relationships with health sciences faculty

  • Demonstrate leadership and professional communication skills

Lab Dates: Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd, Nov. 16th, and Nov. 30th

Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location: Patterson Hall, Room 104


Dr. Robert Hock

Associate Professor

College of Social Work

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