Course, Hackaton, Field Work and Beyond
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) at the American University of Beirut are jointly offering the three-week course “Design of Engineering Solutions for Health Challenges in Crises", in collaboration with Boston University and Johns Hopkins University.
This unique event builds on the success of the 2017 Summer School and 2018 Winter School on Humanitarian Engineering offered at AUB. The course encourages participants to engage in designing engineering solutions that would alleviate health challenges in protracted humanitarian crises. This course was designed to teach students how to identify and solve problems within both the academic and professional contexts. The course model is made of several components including interactive lectures and field visits to Syrian refugee settlements and facilities for interviews with care workers and refugees. Students work in teams to conduct needs assessments, identify problems, ideate, design, and prototype solutions.
Expected Time Commitment: Full-time participation from the 2nd to the 18th of Januray 2019.
Location: Participants will attend the course at the American University of Beirut campus. Participants will also conduct four field trips to Syrian refugees' informal tented settlements in Lebanon (site TBD).
Who may attend: Students (undergraduate and graduate levels in all related fields), faculty members, health practitioners, engineers, designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds can apply.
Beyond the Hackathon: If interested, teams can continue to work together on an ad hoc basis and receive guidance from faculty and support from course coordinators for grant applications.
At completion, participants should be able to:
Apply participatory needs assessment tools in humanitarian settings
Identify public health problems in humanitarian settings
Apply formal design processes from different disciplines for the design of relevant and feasible solutions and interventions given a set of constraints
Apply relevant appropriate technologies to prototype the designs
Use effective communication tools to promote the solution to a diverse audience
Work effectively in a team with diverse backgrounds and perspectives
Course recognition and credit
All participants who complete the three-week program will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.
Fees & credit
Students from AUB can register the cross-listed course under any of the following:
- PBHL 220 (GE social science),
- BMEN 798CC (engineering technical elective/special topics course) or,
- PBHL 320CC (public health technical elective)
Students from BU, and JHU should contact their local university about the possibility of formal university course credit and fees.
Practitioners please contact Ghena Hammour for more information.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.
You can register and get additional information by emailing the course coordinators:
at AUB: Aline Germani, Imad Elhajj, Ghena Hammour
at BU: Mohamad Zaman
at JHU: Youseph Yazdi