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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Pathophysiology and Design for Cardiovascular Disease
In tomorrow’s world, physicians, social and biological scientists, engineers, and computer scientists will be the core of teams that will solve the major problems that threaten human health. Bridging these diverse areas will require new thinkers who can understand human biology and can also think broadly about how to approach these problems.
By focusing on a specific topic—heart disease—students in this seminar will learn about the multi-factorial problems leading to the number one cause of death in the U.S., along with how to apply design thinking in the context of healthcare in order to begin tackling such challenges.
The seminar will use a ‘flipped classroom’ approach, in which students will prepare for class by reviewing videos, reading short pieces, and engaging in thought questions that enable learning about topics in heart disease, the healthcare system, and the biodesign process for health technology innovation. Most of the in-class time will be spent working in small groups on case studies or activities, constructively critiquing existing and emerging technologies, and engaging with course and guest experts. Students—individually, together in groups, and with guidance of instructors—will practice defining important problems in heart disease, as well as proposing and evaluating novel solutions.