Design for Health Care

Explore design’s role in creating Healthcare products and services
Workshop Dates: July 23-27, 2018


Healthcare, medicine, service design, interaction design, system thinking, prototyping, user testing

The life and death implications of healthcare make it intimidating space for design. We will demystify the complexities and show you the important role that design plays in healthcare. We will explore how you can use design methods to transform Healthcare to be more empathetic, effective and inclusive.

Each day we will introduce a new design method with a short lecture about how it’s used in the healthcare industry. We will share first-hand stories from our professional experience developing products and services. Then we will practice that design method within the context of a healthcare challenge. We will focus on specific areas within the Healthcare domain, examples include; Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS prevention, Diabetes and Healthy Aging.

Design Methods

  • Experience Prototyping – Building empathy & understanding through experiences
  • Wireframing – Sketching interfaces for healthcare devices and technologies
  • Physical Prototyping – Prototyping of medical equipment or devices
  • Usability Testing – Testing to make sure healthcare solutions are safe and effective.
  • Journey Mapping – Connecting the dots to create seamless healthcare services

The class will be collaborative and multidisciplinary. We welcome students from all disciplines who are interested in gaining design or industry knowledge to bring back to their day-to-day work.

Learning Expectations:
  • Intro into design methods; Experience Prototyping, Wireframing, Physical Prototyping, Usability Testing, Journey Mapping. Intro to common health challenges; Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Diabetes, Healthy Aging. Exposure to the unique aspects of designing within the healthcare domain; Regulations, multi-faceted systems, usability testing, validation, FDA Approval. Understand the values and drivers of the different participants within the healthcare industry; patients, providers, insurance companies, governments, pharmaceutical, device and tech companies.

Participant Profile:

The only prerequisites are that you are open-minded, curious, and interested. We welcome students interest in exploring, designers looking to have an impact on people’s health, and healthcare professionals looking to learn design methods.

No technical or programming skills are required. We will do a lot of drawing, sketching and building in class. Proficiency in tools used for sketching such as illustrator, sketch are helpful but not required.

Faculty: Sara Krugman and Brian Hoffer

Where: United Nations City Copenhagen

Participants: People from all over the of the world. All backgrounds are welcomed.

Language: All courses are taught in English

Fee: 7.300 DKK / 980 EUR per workshop. 10% student discount!

Schedule: The workshops generally run from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Tuesday and Friday’s activities will run until 7 pm.

Enrol nowThere is a maximum number of 20 places available for each workshop, first comes first served. Enrolment will be closed when the workshops are full.

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