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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthHealth Policy & ManagementPatrick Whitney
TermDay and Time
Fall (Full Semester) 2017  (show academic calendar)F   11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

This class is an introduction to design methods and frameworks, a form of knowledge that is particularly useful for addressing large ambiguous problems. While this type of problem is the norm in public health, other fields and professions face them with increased frequency. Design knowledge supplements standard science-based approaches when data is incomplete and changes quickly. It allows the exploration of solutions that may not have precedents but are nevertheless worth considering. This class will use a hands-on project from public health as the core example to provide students with depth of experience. To give them breadth of experience, they will conduct sprints that apply the frameworks and methods to problems in other complex ambiguous challenges such as new forms of mobility, learning and schools, food, and government decision-making.Students will learn a set of processes that can be faster and used earlier than science-based methods. These methods will help students when they are faced with making decisions based on incomplete and fast-changing information in public health and other challenging areas. In the class, students will address how to detect infectious diseases before they become pandemics. They will use design methods to discover patterns of behavior that could indicate illness as it emerges and to propose non-medical interventions. This work will be set in the context of redesigning aspects of the World Health Organization.Registration Note: Instructor permission required. Students should submit a short statement to Dr. Whitney about their background, why they want to take the course, and what they think they would contribute, or submit a note from a faculty member who is familiar with the student's work addressing what the student will contribute to the course and how the class will benefit the studen. Dr. Whitney's email address is whitney@hsph.harvard.edu.Course Note: This course meets at the Harvard iLab in Allston.


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