Rice 360° brings together an international group of faculty, students, clinicians, and private and public sector partners to design innovative health technologies for poor settings, to develop and implement entrepreneurial approaches that increase access to these technologies around the world, and to prepare students to lead tomorrow’s global health technology workforce.

Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) - the undergraduate component of Rice 360° – is an
interdisciplinary educational program that engages undergraduates in finding solutions to the
world’s most pressing health problems, with the goal of creating a new generation of globally minded
leaders in the field of health technology. Through coursework, real‐world technology
design challenges, internship opportunities, and outreach programs, Beyond Traditional
Borders encourages students to transcend geographic and disciplinary boundaries to
understand, address, and solve health problems in the developing world through the design
and implementation of new appropriate health technologies.

For more information about BTB's offerings at different educational levels, click here.


BTB International Interns work with partners in the field

Follow our students as they learn about healthcare in the developing world and demonstrate new health technologies of their own design.

The OwlsBeyondBorders blog chronicles their experiences during their international summer internships.

AutoSyP Syringe Pump

A design team of four Rice University seniors in the BTB program designed a low-cost, battery-powered syringe pump for use in the developing world.

Watch a profile of the AutoSyP.

Community Health Worker Backpacks

Watch the inspiring interviews of community health providers in Malawi whose work has been transformed with the use of Community Health Worker (CHW) backpacks designed by Rice University.

A recent Global Health Technology graduate who originally developed the backpacks, Elizabeth Nesbit, returned to Malawi to collect feedback from the backpack's users.

2014 Undergraduate Global Health Design Competition

The  4th Annual Rice University Global Health Technologies Design Competition was held at the Rice Bioscience Research Collaborative on March 28, 2014. For a summary and the results of the competition, follow the link below.

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2014 High School Design Competition

BTB held the final round of the Global Health Technologies High School Design Competition at the the Rice Bioscience Research Collaborative April 26, 2014.



Recipient of the Science Inquiry-Based Instruction prize, the Beyond Traditional Borders has educational offerings for students from the high school through graduate school levels.

Learn more about BTB's educational offerings at Rice University >>


Please keep in touch with BTB! To register for updates on the program and learn about upcoming events, please join the BTB listserv. Also see the the profiles of some of our alumni.

CALL for Global Health Challenge Design & Research Projects

Contribute your ideas to the BTB portfolio of global health technology design and research projects!

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