About the Program

The Partnership for Global Health Technologies (PGHT) at Boston University provides students with an opportunity to make a real impact on global health. This multi-faceted program approaches health challenges from engineering, public health, cultural and policy-based perspectives, providing students with a real-world experience in medical device development. Our students come from various backgrounds and with a variety of skill sets, but are united in their passion to contribute to global health solutions. The PGHT not only aims to develop affordable and impactful solutions to global health problems, but works to educate the future public health professionals of tomorrow.

Student-driven project-based learning: Students partner with local experts in Zanzibar to identify a public health problem and to collaborate on an engineering-based solution

Access to input from local community: Students will have the opportunity to consult with physicians and hospital staff, medical school faculty and students, regulatory agencies and patients at the Zanzibari health facilities

Real-world innovative learning environment: Students will apply classroom knowledge and guidance from technology experts and public health practitioners for development and field testing of device

Multidisciplinary approach: Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, public health, medicine and international relations

Collaborative partnership: Students help build a long-lasting relationship that will strengthen biomedical engineering and public health capacity at State University of Zanzibar

Partner with local experts to make a sustainable impact


Become a global health engineer who tackles the pressing health challenges facing our world.

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Work directly with SUZA medical students and faculty on designing and testing a health technology for use in Zanzibari clinics.

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Enjoy a comprehensive experience in the creation of a new medical technology.

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