Implementation Lab: Design Thinking for SMART Healthy Cities
The implementation lab is a unique environment for learning; it is the place where work is in progress; where ideas are generated and data tested; and where positions are taken and debated while working to create smarter and healthier communities to live, work, and play.
Participants take a transdisciplinary approach and work together to address topics related to Smart Healthy Cities through implementation science and design thinking in a virtual lab. Cross-institution student teams will form to ensure a balance of background and disciplinary expertise. Teams will evaluate real-world projects to test, prototype and develop solutions that meet the defined program needs. This course will promote the application of knowledge gained through the Training Platform, including the SMART Methods Café.
Upon successful completion of the implementation lab, students will have demonstrated the ability and confidence to:
- Undertake challenging design problems, develop, and implement an effective method of design process and perform appropriate analyses and syntheses.
- Accurately and effectively communicate analyses, arguments, and ideas to diverse stakeholders in visual, written, and oral forms.
- Apply relevant and appropriate implementation science methods through transdisciplinary collaboration to promote smart healthy cities.
- Engage fully and respectfully as a leader and/or team member to undertake relevant challenges of implementation science.
- Critically reflect on their personal, academic, and professional goals to promote ongoing positive and innovative change within themselves as well as local and global communities.
|Week 1||Project Kick-off Workshop|
|Week 2||Lab Work|
|Week 3||Interim Review|
|Week 4||Lab Work|
|Week 5||Lab Work|
|Week 7||Lab Work|
|Week 8||Lab Work|
|Week 9||Interim Review|
|Week 10||Lab Work|
|Week 11||Lab Work|
How to Apply
The SMART Healthy Cities Training Platform welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows in the following disciplines:
- Public Heath, Epidemiology
- Food and Nutrition
- Primary Care and Health Policy
- Food Science and Food Systems
- Indigenous studies
- Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Math
- Social Sciences
- Other related disciplines
For the official and current application process, visit our Join Us page linked below: