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.


Rice 360° adopts a comprehensive approach to preventing disease, improving health, and reducing poverty in communities around the world by bringing together strengths from across the university. The Institute draws upon the expertise of scholars in engineering, natural sciences, business, public policy, and the social sciences to develop new innovations in the field of global health and to ensure the sustainable distribution of these new devices and ideas. This research crosscuts academic disciplines and relies upon the involvement of four of Rice University's schools as well as the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The faculty affiliated with Rice 360° engage in an impressively diverse array of research projects on global health.

George R. Brown School of Engineering: Leverages Rice's leadership in nanotechnology, translational bioengineering, and affordable diagnostics to develop appropriate science and technology platforms for point-of-care diagnostics and point-of-use water treatment to improve health in low-resource settings. 

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business: Cultivates expertise in social entrepreneurship, developing economies, and microfinance as faculty work alongside students to create delivery systems for health technologies based on sustainable commerce with local businesses in some of world's poorest regions.

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy: Brings resident scholars and distinguished guests together to address questions of how to develop robust and integrated public policies that transfer the full benefit of sustainable energy technology and research to improve the health of vulnerable communities worldwide.

Wiess School of Natural Sciences: Drives advances in point-of-care diagnostics and point-of-use water treatment with cutting-edge nano- and bioscience research, forging critical connections between theory and practice in the design of global health technologies.

School of Social Sciences:Strengthens the design of new technology with an understanding of how health interventions play out in different cultural, economic, and political contexts, ensuring that solutions will be both appropriate and sustainable.

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