Engineering Capacity in Community-Based Healthcare

Several people sitting and listening to a counselor.

In Zambia, a peer educator explains the process of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS. (Courtesy of USAID.)


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Fall 2005



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This multidisciplinary seminar addresses fundamental issues in global health faced by community-based healthcare programs in developing countries. Students will broadly explore topics with expert lecturers and guided readings. Topics will be further illuminated with case studies from healthcare programs in urban centers of Zambia. Multidisciplinary teams will be formed to develop feasible solutions to specific health challenges posed in the case studies and encouraged to pursue their ideas beyond the seminar. Possible global health topics include community-based AIDS/HIV management, maternity care, health diagnostics, and information technology in patient management and tracking. Students from Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, Management, and Social Sciences are encouraged to enroll. No specific background experience is expected, but students should have some relevant skills or experiences.

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Christina DeFilippo, Eric Soller, Kathie Dionisio, MaryAnn Dakkak, Peter Mack, Sankey Chibale, and Will DelHagen. EC.S11 Engineering Capacity in Community-Based Healthcare. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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