New UWaterloo Health Sciences course encourages social entrepreneurship


A new University of Waterloo capstone course is giving learners the opportunity to tackle complex health problems–from climate anxiety to kidney disease–using the lens of social entrepreneurship. The course is the result of a partnership between UWaterloo’s School of Public Health Sciences, the Centre for Career Development, and United College’s social impact incubator GreenHouse. Students enrolled in the course are tasked with answering challenge statements provided by organizations affiliated with GreenHouse; students then brainstorm solutions using creative problem-solving techniques and pitch their ideas to the given organization. “It’s an opportunity for students to work on real health challenges with external organizations and to realize that they can actually make an important difference,” said UWaterloo Associate Professor Dr Jennifer Yessis.