Human-Centered Design

Fall 2023 (2 units)

Human-centered design is a discipline incorporating the human needs perspective to solve problems in public health and medicine. As an introduction to the practice, learners will follow a service design process applying methods focused on building empathy, translating needs into solution requirements, creative ideation, prototype development and testing, and planning for implementation. Broad implementation science principles and approaches will be overlaid to show correlations.



Final Project:

  • Submits a fully completed 7-10 page final report and delivers a powerpoint presentation that describes the design processes/methods and the final prototype completed over the course.


  • Submits completed assignments by the weekly deadline.


  • Attends and actively engages in weekly synchronous design lab sessions (TEAM TRACK)
  • Provides rationale/reflection in applying design methods within regular assignments (SELF-DIRECTED TRACK)


  • Does not submit a final project or submits an incomplete project that is missing sections.
  • Does not submit weekly homework or submits homework after the deadline without obtaining approval of small group leader.
  • Does not actively participate in weekly work (e.g., misses more than 1 design lab session without advanced approval of instructor)

Only UCSF students (defined as individuals enrolled in UCSF degree or certificate programs) will receive academic credit for courses. Official transcripts are available to UCSF students only. A Certificate of Course Completion will be available upon request to individuals who are not UCSF students and satisfactorily pass all course requirements.

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To Enroll

ATCR and MAS students use the Student Portal

All other students can find registration information on the Implementation Science website.