Courses Offered

Recently and currently offered courses in Health Sciences Design (HSD) are listed below.

Please visit the UAccess Student Center Class Search page or the UArizona Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes to view the most current information on HSD classes.


Design for Care Workshop: Addressing Healthcare Challenges with Design Thinking

HSD 497 and 597 (Section 1)

In this course, you will gain creative confidence and hands-on problem-solving experience as a member of an interdisciplinary, interprofessional team. Your team will work on addressing health seekers’ experiences within the healthcare system that require you to apply the design thinking process — Notice, Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test and Reflect — to understand and clearly define the real need, explore design options/concepts, analyze options, prototype your design, and pitch your design recommendation and implementation plan.

Through enhanced group collaboration, you will build intellectual and practical skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork and problem solving.

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Device Design in the Health Sciences: Developing Tools for Health-care Solutions using Design Thinking

HSD 410/510

In this course, you will work in an interdisciplinary team of your peers to gain hands-on experience developing devices for application in the health sciences. Your team will broadly aim to develop devices to address and improve health seekers’ experiences within the healthcare system. The course will be organized so that you learn to apply the design thinking process — Notice, Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test and Reflect — to understand and clearly define the real need, explore design options/concepts, analyze options, prototype your design, and pitch your design recommendation and implementation plan.

Using project-based learning techniques, this experiential learning course will enable you to learn about a subject through the experience of exploring an open-ended, student-driven topic in healthcare delivery and patient-centered service experiences. Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, through enhanced group collaboration and in a makerspace learning environment, you will build intellectual and practical skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, design and prototyping, written and oral communication, teamwork and problem solving.


Inventioneering: Design, Health, Emerging Technologies and Societal Grand Challenges

HSD 420/520

In this course, you will work in a transdisciplinary team of your peers to gain hands-on experience developing innovative design-based solutions to address societal grand challenges, with particular focus at the intersection of health and emerging technologies (extended-reality, internet of things, robotics/drones, etc.). The course will be organized so that you learn to apply the design thinking process — Notice, Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test, and Reflect — to understand and clearly define the real need, explore design options/concepts, analyze options, prototype your design and pitch your design recommendation and implementation plan. Using project-based learning techniques, this experiential learning course will enable you to learn about a subject through the experience of exploring open-ended, student-driven innovation to address societal grand challenges. Appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, through enhanced group collaboration and in a makerspace learning environment, you will build intellectual and practical skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, design and prototyping, written and oral communication, teamwork and problem solving.


Optical Imaging to Advance Healthcare and Biomedicine

HSD 292, 392, 492, 592, 692 and 792 (Section 3)

This course is focused on applying different types of optical imaging to advance screening, diagnosis and treatment of different diseases, primarily cancer. Students will go about this by conducting rigorous imaging studies of different tissue types and then will conduct advanced image analysis to identify biomarkers. Students may also be involved with designing and assembling imaging devices for clinical application.


AI for Medical Interviewing

HSD 292, 392, 492, 592, 692 and 792 (Section 2)

In this hands-on research and design course, students will collaborate to discover methods of improving patient-provider interactions with artificial intelligence (AI). Students will learn and apply how AI can mediate conversations in healthcare settings to personalize services, improve the timeliness and effectiveness of provider feedback and improve providers’ metacognitive skills. Coursework will take a design thinking approach and engage theory and concepts from adaptive teaching, machine learning, cognitive architecture, human-computer interactions and mHealth to explore ways to innovate healthcare in the digital age.


UA Holodeck

HSD 292, 392, 492, 592, 692 and 792 (Section 1)

In this directed research course, students will collaborate on the forthcoming UArizona Holodeck, an immersive, interactive learning environment on the third floor of the Health Sciences Library, where students can use virtual reality and other novel technologies to explore a wide range of research questions and engage in worldwide collaboration using virtual environments, telepresence and remote interaction.

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