SPHG 429H: Public Health Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Dr. Alice Ammerman and Laura Fieselman
IDEAs in Action: HI-ABROAD

The innovative and sustainable nature of entrepreneurial pursuit can benefit public health and food system initiatives, especially when entrepreneurship identifies economically self-sustaining solutions to public health challenges. This three-credit course will introduce students to basic concepts and case studies of commercial and social entrepreneurship as applied to the pursuit of public health through both for-profit and non-profit entities This course features many guest speakers with successful experience in public health entrepreneurship in diverse arenas. At the core of this course is a real-world project where students will work in groups to design their own start-ups addressing an identified public health problem/need, rapidly refining both their idea throughout the course and pitching it to experienced entrepreneurs and practitioners for feedback.

Through the course, students will:

  • Understand the foundational concepts of social enterprise and social innovation applied to a public health problem
  • Investigate these concepts in the Southeast Asian context
  • Identify and analyze social and environmental problems; apply the tools of social innovation and social enterprise in considering solutions
  • Understand the policies and economics of public health entrepreneurship abroad
  • Utilize guests and site visits to understand and build social business models
  • Establish vibrant relationships with community-based guests and cohort peers

Fulfills the Public Health Track requirement for the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship.