Spring 2020 - HSCI 495 D200

Applied Health Science Project (4)

Class Number: 7028

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 5320, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    Minimum 90 units completed.



A transdisciplinary approach to integrating and applying knowledge from both academic disciplines and non-academic fields to jointly develop innovative solutions to particular scientific and societal problems in human health. Coursework emphasizes collaboration and is based on community-embedded projects.


This is an applied course that uses a equity-centered design approach to develop innovative solutions to community health problems. The course is based on team projects and will provide students an opportunity for experiential learning and application of systems thinking to address complex health issues and challenges in the City of Surrey. In this course students will explore key frameworks and concepts in the emerging field of social innovation to better understand a complex health problems and prototype solutions. The final team prototype will be presented at a showcase event with community. Student project teams will be supported and coached by the course instructor and/or community partners throughout the phases of the design process; students will receive feedback on their projects to enable iteration through the full design cycle. 


Course Objectives:  
Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to:

1. Apply an equity-centered design approach to solve a complex community health problem.
2. Examine the role of empathy in undertaking social innovation including a range of communication skills to foster collaboration and community engagement while undertaking the team applied project.
3. Critically reflect on how social innovation requires creative, adaptable and reflective processes to assist in the design of solutions that will contribute to health and well-being.


  • Journals 25%
  • Peer and Self Evaluation 25%
  • Team Projects 50%


90 credits completed and permission from instructor.



Additional recommended readings and other materials will be available online through links provided in the course syllabus and through the Canvas course container.


Circle of Health Kit: Interactive Health Promotion Framework. Prince Edward Island: Health and Community Services Agency (1996). Available free at http://www.circleofhealth.net

City of Surrey's Sustainability Charter 2.0. Available at: https://www.surrey.ca/community/3568.aspx

Stanford D School. Equity Centered Design Framework resources available at: https://dschool.stanford.edu/resources/equity-centered-design-framework

Registrar Notes:

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