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This course provides an overview of contemporary technological advances to improve human health. We will consider four questions throughout the semester:
(1) What are the problems in healthcare today?
(2) Who pays to solve problems in healthcare?
(3) How can we use science and technology to solve healthcare problems?
(4) Once developed, how do new healthcare technologies move from the lab to the bedside?
We will compare and contrast answers to these questions throughout the developed and developing worlds. We will also consider legal and ethical issues associated with developing new medical technologies. During the semester, we will use case studies to examine a number of diseases and healthcare technologies. The course stresses active learning with many web-based and group activities. Students will choose a disease and a health technology they are interested in to examine in more detail.
This course satisfies the Group 3 Distribution Requirement
Meeting Times and Location: T TH 9:25-10:40 KH 100
Course Web Site:
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Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Team Teachers (graduate students and postdocs)
Noah Bedard: email@example.com
KH 226 Mon/Tue 11-12:30
Emily Day: Emily.S.Day@rice.edu
GRB W201 Wed 9-10:30 / Thu 1-2:30