Virtual Winter Institute

Virtual Winter Institute


In January 2021, Engineering World Health invites university STEM students to join a new virtual program that will bring together groups of students from the U.S., Uganda, and abroad. The course focuses on low-resource design and engineering for healthcare in an international setting. Participants will work in international teams.

Students will have the opportunity to work and learn together remotely throughout this course. Material is taught by EWH engineers. The course covers concepts for biomedical design, collaboration, ethics, and entrepreneurship as these topics relate to engineering for low-resource environments. Students will work independently through self-directed learning modules as well as collaborated virtually in groups to further develop design ideas and exchange knowledge. Teams are also assigned a program mentor from either the U.S. or Uganda with significant engineering background and experience in low-resource hospitals to help them throughout this process.

Dates: The course runs on a three week timeline, starting January 4 and ending January 22.

Cost: $500 per student, due 10 days after acceptance.

Students can expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on independent work and should plan to virtually meet with their groups twice per week throughout the program.

Criteria: Participants may choose to participate in either the "Capstone" or "Curiosity" level track. Participants of the "Capstone" track must be a student or recent graduate of a university and be studying engineering or a related STEM discipline. Participants in the "Curiosity" track may be students in U.S. grades 11 or 12, or the international equivalent.

At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. On request, EWH will gladly provide summary materials to present to your home university in support of any independent study credit you may seek.

Please fill out this Google Form to apply. Applications are due December 1. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis and notified of their acceptance no later than December 4. If you have any questions please contact us at