Bridging Science and Societal Needs Through Design Thinking (4.5 credits)

Course code: H1F3180

The aim of the course is to introduce Design thinking methodology and provide practical applications of Design thinking in improvement work and in research within complex contexts, from an inter-professional viewpoint. After the course, the student will be able to synthesize information from diverse knowledge traditions, and use a tools skill-set in relevant aspects of research to a variety of societal contexts in multi-disciplinary collaborations.

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Applying to the course

The course is given as part of the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) but may also be taken as an individual course when it is given.


KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all higher education institutions, as well as for KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants with a PhD may also be accepted. 


Application for the fall semester 2023 is not possible as the course will not be running during this period.

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About the course

The course entails a problem oriented teaching and learning style, where students are provided with a pedagogy that enables them to take active responsibility for individual and group learning. In general, teaching will be performed through lectures, workshops and through supervision of individual tasks. See course syllabus for more detailed information.


Compulsory sessions are: 1. Participation in compulsory group work. 2. Oral presentations. 3. Provide feedback to at least one other student's work. Absence from the compulsory sessions or assessment seminar can be compensated through supplementary activity.


If you have questions regarding the course please contact the course leader (see contact information further down).


Registering in Ladok 

Registration for the course is mandatory. The registration period opens one weeks before the course starts and ends three days after the start. For more information, please see: Using Ladok as a doctoral student.

To log in to Ladok and register, please see: Ladok login page for students.

Please note that doctoral students at KI use their KI-login to login, while external PhD students login by using their KI student accounts (which must thus first be activated).

To learn more about how to activate your student account, please see: My student account


Accessing the IT based digital learning platform Canvas

Students will collaborate with help of the IT based learning platform Canvas. Access to Canvas will be given approximately one week before the course starts. You can read more about Canvas through the link below.


Student IT for external PhD students and central IT support/Helpdesk for KI doctoral students/staff members

All external PhD students who need help with activating their KI student accounts and/or logging in to Canvas must contact the Student IT support center.

All KI doctoral students in need of IT support related to their KI accounts must instead contact the central IT support for staff members, i.e. Helpdesk.


The course will not be running during the 2023 fall semester.

Course evaluation

Course evaluations are collected via the quality system KI Survey and in conjunction with the guidelines set by the Committée of Education at Karolinska Institutet.

Most recently completed course evaluation (will be linked here when available).

Contact information

Sofia Vikström

Course director and examiner

Hélène von Strauss

Course administrator

Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)

Chris Bengtsson

Coordinator for the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V)
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