Design for Healthy Behavior


Spring 2017

10 weeks
3:00 – 4:50pm
3 Units
Letter Grade
Launched 2011

In this class we will focus on innovating and rethinking how we might design for healthier habits and behaviors. We will investigate behavioral science principles to understand what motivates humans to change. Using design thinking, we will apply these principles to promote healthy habit formation with real-world patients—and with ourselves. Working in teams, in a quarter-long project, students will redesign health habits in the lives of a patient volunteer with a chronic condition. Students will also work in separate team projects to improve aspects of their own health to gain empathy for how challenging this can be. Invited guests and experts in design thinking, health, medicine, and behavioral science will guide our work and stretch our thinking.

Accepting 24 students. Open to Undergraduate (6 max), Graduate Students, Fellows & Post-Docs.
Apply here by March 10

Teaching Team
Dennis Boyle – IDEO Design for Health practice
Dr. Nancy Lum Cuan MD – Stanford Coordinated Care Clinic
Dr. Sarah Mummah PhD – IDEO Behavioral Science