This course introduces students to the study and pursuit of happiness, integrating research findings from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, and economics. In addition to being a scientific topic, happiness is central to political philosophy, ethics, religion, and philosophy. Thus, happiness research has the potential to help everyone flourish by integrating and uniting human beings through social, political, and individual ideals.
BMED 2250 employs a Problem/Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach to confront a problem from the real world of health and/or medicine within a societal context. During the semester, students focus on a community health issue for which they propose an innovation as a preventative measure or remedy using engineering analysis and fundamentals to justify design decisions, then testing it using mathematical modeling and experiments with a physical model representing an aspect or principle of the innovation or intervention strategy.