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A Day of Design Thinking is a Course

A Day of Design Thinking

Started Feb 9, 2017

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Full course description

Design thinking has proved successful in technology and information industries, but has yet to be applied broadly to public health work. This course features a series of short tutorial modules recorded at the Day of Design Thinking event on the University of Michigan campus on March 21, 2014. It will take approximately an hour and 15 minutes to view all modules. This archived course will teach public health professionals design thinking methodology as an approach to create innovative solutions to public health problems. Participants will emerge from these modules with new techniques that generate innovative ideas and encourage collaboration across disciplines.


Professionals and students in public health and the allied health professions; anyone interested in learning basic design thinking approaches.

Learning Objectives
  • Define what design thinking is and how it relates to public health contexts.
  • Describe how to conduct design-based audience research.
  • Identify brainstorming exercises and methods of elaboration ideas (ideation) in order to more fully explore the problem space.
  • Outline how to solidify and build models (prototypes) of their ideas.
  • Review design thinking processes and methods.
Continuing Education Credit

This course is not offered for credit or a certificate of completion. 


This training was funded, in part, by a grant from the University of Michigan Transforming Learning for a Third Century Quick Wins program and a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce. The original event was also sponsored by the Public Health Student Assembly and Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.