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UNC Burch Design and Innovation in a Universal Healthcare System
Healthcare provision is a fundamental cornerstone of a modern industrial nation. It is often said that economic productivity and access to healthcare are inextricably linked, but for an individual it is also key to a happier and longer lifespan. Innovation in medical technologies and treatment delivery has created a huge worldwide biomedical industry that is geared to treating many more medical conditions and providing care to more patients. The focus of this program will be to study the process of innovation in the context of healthcare delivery and technology. It will compare different approaches to healthcare delivery across the different nations that make up the United Kingdom, other funding models of national healthcare services in selected EU countries and the private healthcare model in the US.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and is an ideal location as it has many local amenities and activities for students to experience in their downtime. It also serves as a jumping off point to discover Great Britain and continental Europe. This program will take advantage of UNC’s partnership with the University of Edinburgh and will utilize classrooms and makerspaces on its urban campus.
Students in this program will be enrolled in two 3-credit courses taught by Dr. Kenneth Donnelly, Department of Biomedical Engineering.
HNRS 352: NHS Scotland - Policies, Problems, and Innovative Solutions
BMME 190H: Innovation and Design for Healthcare Technologies
HNRS 352 will study the evolution of the National Health Service in Scotland and will enable students to appreciate how design and innovation should not just be thought of in terms of technology and devices but also in terms of ideas, policy, and organizational structure. They will examine how historical, political, and economic conditions can provide the impetus for innovation and, conversely, how constraints created by government inertia, funding sources, and cultural conservatism can slow this process. This class will cover topics relevant to the creation and evolution of NHS Scotland such as:
- The demographics and geography of Scotland
- Post-war politics and reconstruction
- Economic changes in the UK
- Perceptions of the NHS from population to government
- Differences in healthcare provision within the UK
This class will also survey the emerging technologies which could become available to healthcare providers and which could revolutionize how it is delivered. It will ask students how to think how these and other technologies which could improve the life-span of the population may introduce new funding and capacity problems for a fully publicly-funding healthcare system.
*HNRS 352 fulfills SS and NA general education requirements, and counts towards the interdisciplinary minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture*
BMME 190H is an approved substitute for BMME 310, a core design class in the Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering undergraduate curriculum. This will be taught as a project-based learning course which will allow students to learn the design process by designing and building a prototype solution to a healthcare-related problem. In developing their projects, students will gain experience in prototyping technologies such as 3D modelling software, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Students will also learn how to use some simple electronics and microcomputers to control the environment and make things move.
There are no pre-requisite courses for this program.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
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- These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
Program participants will live in the Halls of Residence at University of Edinburgh,
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
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