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Transdisciplinary Engineering for Social Good

The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Engineering, 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.

PROGRAM COURSE CURRICULUM

The Master of Science in Engineering, 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.

Semester 1

7 weeks per course

Course Units

Students will be introduced to MESH and the complex adaptive systems that will be examined over the next few months in relation to engineeri…

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3

This course will critically examine the complex interplay of engineering, development, and changes to the built environment, and their impac…

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3

Semester 2

7 weeks per course

Course Units

This course examines the complex and interconnected world of engineering, health, politics, economics, sustainability, and justice in relati…

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3

This course explores water and its interconnections with environmental sustainability, social equity, health, and economic development. With…

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3

Semester 3

7 weeks per course

Course Units

This course prepares students to understand the fundamental concepts related to the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energ…

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3

This course will explore all elements of the global waste problem from recycling and reusing to reducing consumption and production and the …

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3

Semester 4

7 weeks per course

Course Units

The ‘Just Transition’ framework is a unifying and place-based set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and politi…

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3

This course will examine the interconnection of industrial and infrastructure development and with environmental issues related to community…

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3

Semester 5

7 weeks per course

Course Units

Participants will embark on a practicum in which they either develop a model and feasibility study or a significant change to their own or o…

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6


Program Development

The Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health program has been developed in collaboration with a world-class faculty team. Our faculty possess educational backgrounds and working experiences that span technology, engineering and health fields with a focus on furthering the global causes of social and eco-justice, health politics and education.

Additionally, the MESH program leverages ongoing input and insight from an advisory board of educators, consultants, directors and founders who work with NPOs, charities and international organizations committed to the promotion of peace, justice, indigenous rights and sustainability

Each instructor is committed to working closely with students who are equally as passionate about developing new, disruptive technologies that will meet the pressing global challenges of inequity, poverty, natural disasters and climate change.


Learner outcomes

The key goal of the Master of Science in Engineering, 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:

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.