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Interdisciplinary Curriculum

I have pursued an interdisciplinary curriculum to integrate my engineering training with my interests in fields such as ethics and global health policy, which are vital for healthcare innovation. Specifically, my curriculum included the following classes:

Writing 101: Mind Mysteries, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Instructor: Dr. Emily Parks

Hours: 90 hours, Spring 2017

This course provided an introduction to academic writing with a focus on current topics in cognitive neuroscience. By reading and analyzing peer-reviewed literature as well as mass media reports, I built a toolkit of strategies to effectively tailor my writing for technical and non-technical audiences. As an engineer, these skills will equip me to both communicate with scientific peers and disseminate information to the broader public including individuals such as policymakers, whose actions directly influence the scope and implementation of my work.

 

PubPol 165: Introduction to United States Health Care System

Instructor: Dr. Nathan Boucher

Hours: 90 hours, Spring 2018

This course provided an overview to the structure of the US health care system and discussed several important focus areas within the field of health policy. We studied the role of governments in health care delivery through the lens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), one of the most significant policy measures since establishment of Medicare and Medicaid. We also analyzed coordinated care models, such as accountable care organizations, as well as challenges related to improving quality and access while reducing the cost of health care delivery. This class is related to my GCS theme of Engineering Better Medicines since an understanding of the current policy landscape is required for translation of new medical devices from the lab to patients in the clinic.

 

CulAnth 590: Design in Healthcare

Instructors: Dr. Eric Richardson, Paul Fearis, Dr. Joe Knight, and Dr. Anne-Maria Makhulu

Hours: 90 hours, Fall 2019

This course, affiliated with the Design Health Program at Duke, embedded me within an interdisciplinary team of engineers and clinicians in order to: (1) identify pressing needs in operating room safety/efficiency, and (2) propose and scope innovative solutions to these unmet need areas. Through this class, I have learned to rely heavily on the ‘voice of the stakeholder’ during the medical device design process.

 

PubPol 324: Global Health Policy

Instructors: Dr. Jonathan Quick and Dr. Osondu Ogbuoji

Hours: 90 hours, Spring 2020

This course related to my GCS focus by explaining mechanisms by which policy measures are proposed and implemented on a global scale, which has particular relevance to my research in the field of point-of-care diagnostics. More specifically, it presented an in-depth examination of how to close the gap between evidence and practical policy making as a way to improve global health. Through this course, I have become proficient at analyzing the forces which drive how global health policies are shaped; identifying key actors and their power; understanding/influencing the processes that drive large scale change in global health; exploring ways in which health issues reach the top of the agenda; analyzing how decisions are made by policy makers; and implementing policies from the “top down” and “bottom up.”

 

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Fall 2016

EGR 103: Computational Methods in Engineering
Compsci 201: Data Structures & Algorithms
Chem 110: Core Concepts in Chemistry
Math 212: Multivariable Calculus

Spring 2017

Math 216: Linear Algebra
Physics 151: Introductory Mechanics
Bio 201: Introduction to Molecular Biology
Writing 101: Mind Mysteries, Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering, POC Malnutrition Biosensors

Fall 2017

Chem 201: Organic Chemistry I
Physics 152: Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics
ECE 110: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE 250: Computer Architecture
EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering, Clinical Bioanalysis

Spring 2018

Chem 202: Organic Chemistry II
BME 244: Quantitative Physiology with Biostatistics Applications
ECE 280: Intro to Signals and Systems
Math 353: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
PubPol 165: Intro to the US Health Care System
EGR 491: Projects in Engineering, Microarray on Polymer Surface

Fall 2018

Biochem 301: Biochemistry I
BME 354: Medical Instrumentation
BME 503: Computational Neuroengineering
EGR 201: Mechanics of Solids
BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering, Cell Microarray for Drug Resistance

Spring 2019

BME 301: Bioelectricity
BME 590: Design Fundamentals I
ECE 488: Digital Image and Multidimensional Processing
EGR 190: Data Analysis and Decision Science
ME 221: Structure and Properties of Solids

 

Fall 2019

BME 464: Medical Instrument Design
CulAnth 590: Design in Healthcare
ECE 230: Microelectronic Devices & Circuits
ECE 590: Machine Learning
ECE 590: Intro to Deep Learning

Spring 2020

BME 260: Modeling Cell & Molecular Systems
BME 494: Cancer Diagnostics
BME 590: Machine Learning in Imaging
Compsci 561: Computational Sequence Biology
ECE 270: Fields and Waves
PubPol 324: Global Health Policy