Diploma in Humanitarian Engineering and Public Health Innovations
The Diploma in Humanitarian Engineering and Public Health Innovations is a joint FHS/MSFEA interdisciplinary diploma.
The diploma is open to graduate students and professionals from all majors. A multidisciplinary offering provides graduate students and professionals with the knowledge of the humanitarian engineering field. It will equip them with the skills required to find innovative design solutions for challenges faced in humanitarian settings by taking into consideration two complementary perspectives, public health perspective and engineering perspective.
Students who complete the minor will be able to:
- Apply participatory needs assessment tools and analyze the different dimensions of a public health problem
- Apply formal design methods to develop practical, feasible, scalable, and sustainable humanitarian engineering and public health innovations and interventions
- Apply skills required to manage complex projects while working in multidisciplinary teams
- Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills to take a solution/intervention from prototype to product
- Articulate and adhere to ethical standards in the process followed and in the intervention designed
- Present and document a problem and its solution to a diverse target audience
Requirements for the Diploma
It is composed of 15 credits of course work, out of which a minimum of 12 credits should be selected at the graduate level, and a maximum of 3 credits could be selected at the undergraduate level.
- HEHI 301, “Foundations of Humanitarian Engineering and Public Health Innovations"
- HEHI 302, “Capstone: Humanitarian Engineering and Public Health Innovations"
- One design course from the following list: AGSC 330, ARCH 344, CHEN 619, CHEN 798A , CIVE 552, CIVE 601, CIVE 628, CIVE 686, EECE 675 , ENMG 663, ENMG 698E, ENSC 633, ENST 300, FSEC 310, FSEC 315, LDEM 633, NFSC 306, PBHL 303, URDS 664, URPL 641
- One ethics course from the following list: MHRM 304 , PSYC 305
- One social entrepreneurship course from the following l ist: ENMG 654, ENTM 320, MFIN 359
HEHI 301 - “ Foundations of Humanitarian Engineering a nd Public Health Innovations"; 3 crs.
This is a multidisciplinary course that covers fundamentals of designing solutions for health challenges faced by disadvantaged populations. It introduces tools for identifying humanitarian and/or development needs and designing practical, scalable and sustainable solutions and interventions. The course is offered to students from all majors. Students will be exposed to health and health system challenges in addition to design fundamentals including participatory needs assessment, formal multidisciplinary design processes, and relevant technologies and tools with real world applications and case studies.
HEHI 302 - “Capstone: Humanitarian Engineering and Public Health Innovations Capstone"; 3 crs.
The capstone project course is an interdisciplinary service learning design course focused on development and humanitarian engineering solutions for health challenges. The capstone is divided into two sub-courses, HEHI 302A (1cr.) and HEHI 302B (2cr.), and must be registered in 2 consecutive semesters. In the capstone, students apply all tools learned in HEHI 301. Students work in multidisciplinary teams with disadvantaged communities, under joint supervision of at least two mentors from MSFEA, FHS, and other faculties.
Prerequisite: HEHI 301
If the student has achieved one or more of the core competencies in Ethics or Entrepreneurship through previously passed undergraduate or graduate courses, only one elective course can be waived. The student will have to register at least one course from the approved list of Design courses, and another course from either the list of Ethics courses or the list of Entrepreneurship courses.
Thesis/capstones of graduate students can be counted towards the fulfillment of the diploma.
Students interested to enroll in the diploma are encouraged to inform the coordinators of the program at email@example.com to benefit from adequate advising on study plans and ensure completion of all requirements.
Students and Admission process
To be eligible for admission to the diploma program, an applicant must hold an undergraduate university degree recognized by AUB with an average of at least 75 or demonstrate “reasonable potential for academic success".
New students submit an application to the Office of Admissions.
For AUB graduate students:
To be eligible for admission to the diploma program, an applicant must be in good academic standing. Graduate students who want to pursue the diploma need to fill out an application form developed by the program.