Demonstrating the Power of Interdisciplinary Thinking through Education

Our courses on leadership, organization, and innovation, designed explicitly for interdisciplinary interaction, include the following:


OB 348: Leading and Managing Health Care Organizations: Innovation and Collaboration in High Stakes Settings (MED 238)

Leading and managing in complex, high stakes settings, like health care, where lives and livelihoods are on the line, presents distinctive challenges and constraints. This course challenges you to apply seminal and contemporary theories in organizational behavior to evaluate managerial decisions and develop evidence-based strategies for leading and managing health care teams and organizations. Topics include leading systems that promote learning; implementing change; and interdisciplinary problem-solving, decision-making, and collaboration. Group work and exercises will simulate high pressure and risk-taking under uncertainty. While the focus of this course will be on health care situations, lessons are relevant to other settings including consulting, banking, and high tech, and prior experience in the health sector is not required.

Faculty: Singer, S. (PI)

MED 285: Global Leaders and Innovators in Human and Planetary Health (HRP 285)

This 7 session lecture series features a selection of noteworthy leaders, innovators and experts across diverse sectors in health and the environment such as: healthcare/medical innovation, environmental sustainability, foundations/venture capital, biotechnology/pharmaceuticals, social innovation/entrepreneurship, tech/media and artificial intelligence (AI), human rights, global poverty/development, sustainable agriculture/hunger/nutrition, public policy/systems change. Co-convened by faculty, fellows and students collaborating across several Stanford centers/departments/schools, the course invites the discussion of global problems, interdisciplinary perspectives and solutions in the fields of health and the environment. Special themes from AY 2020-2021 included: 1) US and Global Responses in Combatting the Coronavirus Pandemic; 2) Climate Crisis, Wildfires, Extreme Weather and Environmental Sustainability; 3) Systemic Racism, Gender Inequality, Health Inequity and Community Well Being; 4) Democracy Under Siege, Political Landscape of Electoral, Judicial, Legislative Turmoil; 5) Partnership/Collaboration, Models of Leadership, Innovation, Sustainable Social Change; and Other Topics determined by students/fellows.

Faculty: Bloom, G. (PI); Singer, S. (PI, SI)

MED 224: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (SE Lab) - Human & Planetary Health (HRP 224, PUBLPOL 224)

MED 131: Exploring Israel's Ecosystem in Human and Planetary Health

BOSP: Exploring Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem for Sustaining Human and Planetary Health

In this immersive course, we will journey to key Israeli centers of innovation in health and the environment to meet with leading innovators, entrepreneurs, university faculty, government policymakers, domain experts and changemakers, and to build our understanding of how socio-cultural and technological conditions in Israel shape the ecosystem that propels innovation for sustaining human and planetary health.

Faculty: Bloom, G (PI); Singer, S. (PI)

HUMBIO 128D: Systems Design In Health

Good health doesn't begin the minute someone walks into a doctor's office; it begins in the places where we live, learn, work, and play. The products, services, and environments that we encounter everyday have a tremendous impact on our health. Taking a systems design-led approach developed at IDEO, we will explore public health in the context of culture, business, and design. The course will encourage students to integrate their personal perspectives with a systems-level view, paying particular attention to health equity and the role of creative leadership. Assignments will be a blend of reading and design exercises.

Faculty: Singer, S. (PI)

HUMBIO 120B: The American Health Care System and Health Policy
(Not offered AY21-22)

In this course students will learn about the structure and functioning of the U.S. health care system. The health care system in the U.S. has been challenged by high and rising costs, a failure to ensure universal access to care, and a need to ensure the quality of care provided to patients. We will explore how our health care system works, how its structure and function contributes to the challenges we are confronting, and explore changes to the healthcare system that could help address them. The course has two main parts, the first focused on health insurance and health care financing, and the second focused on health care providers like doctors and hospitals. In addition, we bring other important topics like the Affordable Care Act and health reforms. Throughout the course, we mix lectures and discussions (and even some debates) about the basic structure of the system as well as emerging issues.

Faculty: Baker, L. (PI); Singer, S. (PI)