The Medical Technologies in Developing Countries course provides students the unique opportunity to inform the design and launch of medical technologies for developing countries by conducting in-country market research. The students¿ findings will be shared with the developers of the medical technologies, including Northwestern University and several companies and philanthropists.
Prior market research trips have taken place in India, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, each with a focus on medical technologies such as HIV tests, tuberculosis tests, and mobile health technologies for pediatric health. The full course consists of two sub-courses, KPPI-973-B and KPPI-973-A, as well as two weeks of in-country field work.
Students will spend five weeks in the classroom (KPPI-973-B) learning the science of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other high-burden diseases; the background on medical technologies under development for these markets; the essentials for conducting medical product market research in these geographies; the basic economics, culture, and politics of the country of interest; and the fundamentals of the country¿s healthcare system. Following this initial coursework, students will spend two weeks on the ground understanding how the medical technologies are perceived by the key stakeholders in the market, including: end-users at hospitals and clinics, government officials, and NGOs and distributors. After the field work, students will then return for five weeks in the classroom (KPPI-973-A) where they will learn to analyze their field work, synthesize key findings and provide recommendations to the developers of these medical technologies. Note: Admittance to this course is by application only. Your application for this class will also ensure that you will be enrolled in KPPI-973-A. Students may not drop after the first week of the class.
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