Course Overview

Ending poverty and promoting human development in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner is the greatest challenge of our era. Humanitarian Medical Technology is a summer STEM course for high school students that examines the role of engineering in humanity’s quest to meet this challenge, and presents engineering skills to improve the conditions for marginalized communities and be a force for human development.

With a large focus on human needs, high school students will work with the impoverished to eliminate inequality and exploitation. Students will design and prototype biomedical equipment used in resource-limited settings.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Course Topics

Successful course completion should result in the following student outcomes:

  • Explain how engineering solutions can be used to support the basic human needs of the world’s population
  • Explain how engineering solutions are impacted by the surrounding economic, environmental and societal context
  • Explain how engineering solutions may impact the global society
  • Design and implement an engineering solution that addresses the needs, from both a practical and cultural perspective, of a disadvantaged community

“This was a great experience. I learned more about different areas of the world and it opened my mind and increased my knowledge. There was a lot I didn’t even know that was happening in the world and those problems need solutions!”

— Summer College – Online Humanitarian Medical Technology Student, 2020

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 074

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $3,585
  • Commuter: $2,730

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session III: Sunday, July 31 – Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 MTWThF;
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Students will break for roughly one hour for lunch. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Complete all academic requirements

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students are required to attend class Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

End Event

The final class will include a project demonstration and presentation.

Faculty Bios

Douglas Yung – Associate Teaching Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science

Douglas Yung is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and the director for the Bioengineering undergraduate program. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from UCLA in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2008. He worked as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on sensor development, microfluidics, and bacterial spore viability. He joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2009. Douglas has long been intrigued by the interfacing of microbes with engineering tools on a micro- and nano-scale. He is unraveling methods to rapidly assess the viability of superbugs and harness energy from extremophiles using a combination of electrochemical, optical techniques and MEMS devices. He is an advocate of a hybrid teaching and learning environment replete with project-based hands-on work, experiential activities and peer collaboration, a style departing from traditional top-down expository pedagogies.

Dayaprasad Kulkarni – Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Founder, AarogyaSeva

Dr. Dayaprasad Kulkarni is a medical doctor, public health specialist, entrepreneur, artist and development consultant. He returned as a Fellow from the East West Centre in Hawaii after successfully completing the Asia Pacific Leadership Program and founded DoctorsForSeva Arogya Foundation, a micro-volunteering platform for medical and non-medical volunteers to provide free healthcare services to the under served. He is a medical graduate working for the last ten years at the community level with vulnerable populations like commercial sex workers, transgender, migrant laborers, street children, etc. in the field of HIV/AIDS and sexual health. In 2007, after completing his masters degree in clinical research from the UK, he founded Madhyama Foundation, a non-profit, working in the field of health and education, concentrating on making these populations aware of their rights and importance of personal health and hygiene. He is also the founder of Handbloom, a socio-bio-ethical enterprise, which brings together diverse eco-friendly, biodegradable products made by communities and individuals who are highly vulnerable in society. He has previously worked with international organizations like the Wellcome Trust, MSF, PSI, HIV-AIDS Alliance. He has served as the South Asia Director of the Himalayan Consensus and the Scientific Advisor to the Confederation of NGO’s of Rural India with over 8500 members.

As a senior assistant professor, Kulkarni headed the India Study Program at The Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology University for overseas medical students introducing them to Public Health and Integrative Medicine. He has done over 25 theater productions, three short films, one animation video and several training and development workshops.
He is currently working towards creating a common pool of human resources working in the developmental sector. This pool will be a source of knowledge, data and expertise capable of providing support and help to other non-profits.

Professor Douglas Yung may cover the entire course if the co-instructor, Dr. Kulkarni, is not able to do so.

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