Experiential Learning

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Experiential Learning Courses

Kellogg offers many courses that are experiential by nature. Students engage in projects in the areas of social innovation, sustainability, international development, public health, impact investing and more.

Education Consulting Lab

In this lab course, students work in teams to complete a strategic consulting project for a network of charter schools. Teams will collaborate with high-level client contacts to collect data, analyze information and present final recommendations on issues affecting the U.S. public school system.

Medical Technologies in Developing Countries

This course gives students the unique opportunity to inform the design and launch of medical technologies for developing countries by conducting in-country market research. Students participate in classroom study and conduct in-country field work. Prior market research trips have taken place in India, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, each with a focus on medical technologies such as HIV tests, tuberculosis tests, and mobile health technologies for pediatric health. (Admittance to the class is by application only.)

Kellogg Board Fellows Program

Each year, through a competitive admissions process, approximately 50 Kellogg students are selected and matched with Chicago-area nonprofit boards to serve as board fellows. By serving as non-voting board members, fellows gain a deep understanding of the challenges and rewards of board service.

KIN Challenge

In this challenge, three high-profile participants from the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) collaborate with select Kellogg students to develop innovative solutions to complex industry problems. The challenge is intended to serve as a partnership between student teams and KIN thought leaders.

Social Enterprise: Designing for Change

In this experiential lab course, students explore social enterprise as a mechanism for solving social problems. Outside of the classroom, students participate in consulting projects through partnership with nonprofit or for-profit organizations. These organizations may be based in energy and sustainability; housing and community development; civic/open data; access to social services; alternative education; or employment for underserved populations.

Health and Human Rights

The course examines issues at the intersection of health and international human rights. Topics include whether there is a universal right to health; how to maximize access to health; the health implications of war crimes and atrocities; and the meaning of rights and access in resource-poor settings, such as refugee camps and fragile states. Students will work in interdisciplinary groups on a health assessment and intervention known as the Access to Health Project. They will also participate in a needs assessment and intervention for a community in Mali affected by public health issues.

NUvention: Impact

This interdisciplinary experiential learning program exposes students to the design and launch of market-based ventures that address social and environmental needs. Like other NUvention courses, the class challenges students to create a startup within the framework of a class.

NUvention: Medical

This interdisciplinary course is designed to give students the experience of being an innovator and entrepreneur in the world of medical/health information technology. Student teams conceive an innovative product that meets the needs of existing health care providers and learn how innovations become businesses in the real world.

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