The Model Healthy Campus initiative is a joint partnership between the Dell Medical School and the Wellness Network at The University of Texas at Austin. The initiative equips and empowers members of the UT Austin community to surface needs around health and wellbeing around campus, and to collaboratively and creatively develop, build, and test potential solutions to those needs.
For Spring 2016, a diverse group of 30 interns — including undergraduate students, graduate students and staff members, from nearly every college on campus — are working closely with the Design Institute for Health, learning and applying a problem solving methodology known as human-centered design to explore and address wellbeing on campus.
Interns began their experience with a two-day design bootcamp. Teams of interns learned to conduct user interviews, brainstorm concepts, and prototype and test their designs with the campus community. Their experiments will continue through Spring 2016, and interns will evolve their prototypes in response to the feedback they seek. The lessons learned from the Spring 2016 program will be applied to a larger-scale program, beginning Fall 2016, which will be open to all faculty, staff and students on campus.
The Model Healthy Campus Initiative will serve as a public exploration of how other universities and communities can uncover and apply community-generated insights towards the development of solutions to user needs.
Learn more about this program on UT Austin’s Division of Student Affairs Tumblr page.