Spring 2020 Graduate Courses


Bloom, Nash
W 1:40-4:10PM

In the Social Innovation Practicum, students will engage with social entrepreneurs and other practitioners to learn about and support the design, development, validation, assessment, and scaling up of innovative, sustainable approaches to addressing critical social and environmental problems in Durham and around the world. Working in multidisciplinary teams, students will gather and analyze data, develop recommendations, formulate implementation plans, and provide other capacity-building support to clients that may include domestic and international social entrepreneurs, social enterprises, funders, public sector innovators and policy makers, and corporate social impact managers.

I&E 590.01: Special Topics I&E – GLOBAL HEALTH PRACTICUM

W 10:05-12:30

The course is intended to enhance students’ abilities to explore the complex problems being faced by our world and to develop innovative methods to address those problems, but in a region specific manner – working with innovators in East Africa.  The course reinforces the entrepreneurial and human-centered design approach to a problem that is supplied by an innovator in East Africa.  The students will have to consider novel solutions that are effective, efficient, sustainable, and scalable, for the local innovator.  It requires a student to be aware of cultural aspects that demand humility and understanding. And to understand the social situation in which the problem addressed is located. The course requires providing a written solution to a health condition appropriate for the cultural, economic and geographic environment and involves participatory problem solving and other human-centered design approaches; The solution requires significant research and teamwork.  Financial and government constraints are paramount in developing a successful potential solution.   Furthermore evaluation and the measurement of success are required to determine if the project is successful and scalable.  The solutions will be evaluated by independent experts and feedback will be provided.

I&E 590.02 Special Topics I&E: MISSION DRIVEN STARTUP

McClelland, Sowers
W 4:55-7:30

Mission Driven Startup (previously known as Hacking for Defense), a course designed for senior undergraduates and graduate level students in all schools and programs, takes an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary approach to America’s hardest national security challenges. This course uses a Lean Entrepreneurship lens to teach you how to build a startup to maximize benefit for a real life public problem. The complexity of these challenges demands a transformative effort that requires multi-faceted teams comprised of students from the schools of foreign service, policy, law, continuing studies, medicine, and business. We need and want policy professionals, makers and mechanical engineers, systems engineers, computer scientists, biomedical and public health professionals, entrepreneurs, physicists, scientists, and everyone between to be part of this unique effort. Mission Driven Startup is a modern renaissance class – it covers policy, economics, technology, national security, and whatever else you need to learn to solve your problem sponsor’s pain points. You will be at the forefront of changing the paradigm of problem-solving and solution development for the U.S. Government. The course is demanding; you’ll present at every class, you’ll work closely with your team, you’ll receive relentlessly direct feedback, and your problem sponsors, mentors, military liaisons, corporate partners, investors and journalists may be in the room, but you’ll be solving real problems for real customers, in real time.


Knight, Richardson, Fearis, Makhulu
W 6:15-8:45

The Design in Healthcare 2 course is an experiential program and continuation of Design in Healthcare 1. It requires extensive team interaction and the direct application of skills in the process of preparing a medical device technology for development and eventual commercialization. Teams work through a development strategy to determine what work will be required to bring their technology forward, and the funding requirements and timing to raise capital at key milestones. The course concludes with an investor pitch to an outside panel of seasoned CEOs, VCs, and other members of the community. Prerequisite: Innovation & Entrepreneurship 720. Instructor consent required.

I&E 748.01: NEW VENTURES 1

Tuesday 3:05-5:35

New Ventures 1 guides students through the earliest, foundational stage of venture formation. Students enter with an interest in starting a venture, and possibly—though not required—a vague idea for a project, and we’ll spend the semester identifying and clearly defining a specific opportunity for launching a potential product, company, service, organization, and/or nonprofit.

I&E 750.01: NEW VENTURES 2

Fjeld, Dinin
M, Th 3:05-5:35

Student teams develop core elements of a strategy for a technology or business idea; detail will be suitable for a business plan document for a company seeking initial investment; strategy will serve as a foundation for a first operating plan for company. Instructor consent required.


MW 3:05-4:20

This course serves as an introduction to major issues in developing a drug to treat a disease in an interdisciplinary lecture-based and team-based learning environment. Translation of principles in biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, and chemistry along with innovative approaches to develop a hypothetical drug for treating a disease of choice. Hypothetical development of model compounds, target analysis, and in vitro and in vivo models to test drug efficacy. Course requires one of the following (or equivalent): Pharmacology and Cancer Biology 533, Chemistry 518, or Biomedical Engineering 577.