Collaborative Technology Innovation for Public Health Improvements in Tanzania


Tanzania, a nation of great beauty, great challenges, and great promise, serves as our host and partner. This program, Collaborative Technology Innovation for Public Health Improvements in Tanzania, aims to create solutions to difficult problems, using engineering and science as the basis for locally derived entrepreneurial opportunities to benefit the economic development and public welfare of Tanzanians, and ultimately people worldwide. The program brings together engineering and science students from Michigan Technological University, public health students from the University of Minnesota, and technology students from universities in Tanzania. Partnering with faculty, non-governmental organizations, and communities in northern Tanzania, the teams are delving into research explorations of critical importance. Along the way, all partners benefit from the collaboration, both professionally and personally.

This program runs from 2009 to 2011, each year a new cohort of students will be selected; research from the previous year will be handed off to the next round of students in the hopes of taking concepts through prototype, implementation, and deployment to the market.



This work is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Developing Global Scientists and Engineers (DGSE) program, grant OISE-0854050. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this site are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Program Flow

  1. 1.December: participants selected

  2. 2.January to May: culture, language, and research preparation

  3. 3.June to August: field research in Tanzania

  4. 4.September to December: analysis and documentation