MS in Engineering for Sustainability and Health
Transdisciplinary Engineering for Social Good
The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Engineering for Sustainability and Health (MESH) degree program is designed to enable professionals from multiple disciplinary and cultural backgrounds to work together to co-define problems and co-create solutions to our most pressing health and sustainability issues.
Our goal is to unite engineering with the critical thought and larger perspective developed in areas that include but are not limited to: public health, peace and justice, sociology, anthropology, political science, development studies, architecture, design and cultural studies.
Our courses are meant to be accessible to both students and working professionals who possess adequate, relevant professional experience.
The key goal of the Master of Science in Engineering for Sustainability and Health program is to help graduates develop innovative solutions and leadership in solving problems related to global health.
Students will engage in critical approaches to engineering, sustainability and health as a means of achieving five specific outcomes:
- Solve complex challenges relating to engineering, health, development, peace, ecological and justice individually and as part of a group.
- Trace the history of development and globalization and their impacts on both the built environment and the health of ecosystems and humans.
- Demonstrate mastery over fundamental concepts of health using different frameworks and apply these concepts to engineering solutions.
- Explore transdisciplinary capabilities related to new and emerging sustainable technologies in key areas of waste, water, energy and food.
- Design “Just Transitions” to sustainable, healthy and proven alternatives in a manner that is cost effective and achievable for local communities.
Having mastered these learning program goals, MESH graduates will be well positioned for leadership and managerial roles across all types of corporate, non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental organization (NGO) professions – whether as a part of existing organizations or through their own entrepreneurial initiatives.
Program Course Curriculum
The Master of Science in Engineering for Sustainability and Health is a 30-unit project-based learning program that is designed to be completed in 20 months over five semesters. In the capstone course, students are expected to develop and complete a major project related to the application of engineering for planetary and/or human health.