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Ocek Eke, Ph. D.
Director for Global and Local Service Learning Programs
Research and Academic Services Office
Email | Phone: 215-573-8266

Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics (APOC)

Open to Penn Engineering Junior, Senior and Graduate Students

Interested in using your engineering skills to take on high impact problems in healthcare? In this one semester course, ENGR 566 , we will learn how engineers can design tools to address enormous global health problems. For example, TB is one of the world’s most lethal diseases, causing an estimated 1.5 million deaths among 9.0 million TB cases in 2013. However, Tuberculosis cannot currently be adequately diagnosed in the rural and poverty-stricken regions where it most often occurs.

In ENGR 566, Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics, you will learn to design self-contained, portable medical diagnostics to provide high quality medical care in resource limited settings. This course will meet once a week in evening sessions during the Spring Semester and involve travel to Ghana (Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine) for one month between (approximately) May 18 and June 15, 2017.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduce students to the technical aspects of designing self-contained medical diagnostics (i.e. microfluidics, embedded systems, molecular analysis, nanomaterials).
  2. Train students to design and evaluate multidisciplinary solutions.
  3. Introduce students to the art of forming international partnerships and collaborations.
  4. Train students to design solutions that are appropriate for foreign cultures, economies, histories, and regulatory environments.

Enrollment in this course will be limited to 15 students. It will be open to all engineering Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students. To gain enrollment into this course, please schedule a time to meet with Professor Issadore to schedule an interview. This course requires an additional course fee to cover travel costs.

Program Fee:

Selected students will pay *$7,800 program fee which includes visa/passport processing fees, international airfare, lodging and meals, program-related transportation, and all organized excursions.

In addition, students should be prepared to pay up to an additional $500-$800 for expenses such as health-related needs (i.e. immunizations) and international health insurance, if needed.

Note: For those currently receiving Penn financial aid, there is a possibility that aid will be extended to cover a portion of this fee and expenses, depending on the student’s aid package details. Aided students are not required to submit a program deposit until after the financial aid packages are received.

*$7,800 - 2016 estimate (Students on financial aid can have this cost covered)

The deadline to apply for this course is October 13, 2016.

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For more information, please contact:

Ocek Eke, Ph. D.
Director for Global and Local Service Learning Programs
Research and Academic Services Office
Email | Phone: 215-573-8266
Fax: +215-573-5577