Global Women's Health Technologies

BME 230L

This course will give students an opportunity to learn about global poverty and how it disproportionately affects women. Working in teams, students will investigate how design thinking can be used to explore, understand and generate solutions to global challenges. The course will focus on the human element of human-centered design. By experiencing and reflecting on a collaborative design process, each student will develop a unique set of answers to difficult but meaningful questions. What is the role of engineering design in our attempts to solve global challenges? Why is it important to have multiple perspectives represented and what are the dangers of a design team with few viewpoints? Why is it important to partner with community members when you seek to solve a problem in that community? What are the challenges with working with community partners and what are strategies to overcome these challenges? How can design thinking be applied to problems that cannot be solved with engineering?

Learn more about Global Women's Health Technologies here and here. 

Watch a video that features Dr. Ramanujam, the professor of this course:


"I’ve always believed you should harness what you have learned to empower someone else, ” says Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam who received the Social Impact Abie Award at the Grace Hopper Conference which recognizes a woman whose work is making a positive impact on women, technology, and society. Nimmi has a mission to develop technology to have wide reaching impact in women’s health. Her research on women’s cancers focuses on designing innovations that enable complex services to be accessible at the primary care level for cancer prevention. Her research also helps with the development of tools that will make cancer treatment more effective and efficient.

Read more about Dr. Ramanujam's interview with Anita B: The importance of diversity in tech, and the inspiration that she and her mentees provide one another.

Exploration of the intersection of technology, women’s health, and global poverty. Analysis of case studies related to human-centered design and applications of engineering to solve global health challenges. Hands-on learning of engineering concepts related to circuitry and light as well as skills needed to prototype a functional light source. Application of course knowledge in a design challenge based on a need from a real-world client in a low-resource setting. Open to both Trinity and Pratt students. Instructor: Ramanujam


Cross-Listed as GLHLTH 230L
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Curriculum Codes
  • STS
Cross-Listed As
  • GLHLTH 230L
Typically Offered
Spring Only