BME 380-0-01: Medical Devices, Disease & Global Health

Quarter Offered

Spring : MWF 1:00-1:50pm ; Glucksberg


None, but junior or senior standing and BME307 preferred


An examination of the intersection of technology and the delivery of health care in resource-poor environments, especially in Africa.

Who Takes It?

Mostly Juniors and Seniors. Graduate students welcome. Sophomores may enroll but are encouraged to consult with an instructor before doing so.

What It’s About

Engineering and the application of technologies are important in delivery of health care. This is true in the developing world as well as in the developed world, however health care technologies often fail to work as intended when solutions from wealthy countries are used in poor countries. Differences in burden of disease, infrastructure, economic and social structures are examined in the context of developing practical ways to improve health in specific parts of the developing world. Students work with the instructor to develop ideas a term paper examining a particular intervention. The global burden of disease.


  • Approaches to global health technology
  • Maternal and perinatal health
  • Diagnostics
  • Photonics and sensors
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Malaria
  • Non-communicable disease and Trauma


No textbook. Students will be assigned multiple primary sources of information and review articles to develop a comprehensive background in the both technology and the use environment.