Akwaaba to APOC!

Welcome (“awkaaba” in Twi) to the online home of APOC!  APOC is a  Global Service Learning program organized by Penn Engineering.  It is open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students.  We take a month-long trip to the cultural center of Ghana, the city of Kumasi.  There, we tour medical facilities, work with medical and biology students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on designing low-cost medical devices, and explore the incredible cultural offerings of Kumasi and the surrounding areas in Ghana.  Students earn two credits for this course, one earned during the trip in the summer, and one in the spring to design a biomedical device and to learn about the culture of Ghana.  To learn more about logistics, go to the “Learn about APOC” section.

APOC is a great opportunity for you if you want to:

  • Have hands-on experience designing a low-cost biomedical device with a group
  • Want to tour medical facilities and see how patients treated in another culture
  • Study abroad and become immersed in another culture, but can’t fit it in during the school year

Our information session for the 2019 trip will be held Weds, Sept 25, 5:30-6:30 PM in Towne 108.

Applications submissions are due Friday, October 18, 2019.

Download the powerpoint from our info session here if you missed it.

Explore previous classes’ journey:

Learn about APOC

In Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics, you will learn to design self-contained, portable medical diagnostics to provide high quality medical care in resource limited settings.  This course will meet once a week in evening sessions during the Spring Semester and involve travel to Ghana (Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine) for one month between (approximately) May 17 and June 14, 2020. Two credits will be earned, one during the spring semester and one during the month-long trip in Ghana.

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduce students to the technical aspects of designing self-contained medical diagnostics (i.e. microfluidics, embedded systems, molecular analysis, nanomaterials).
  2. Train students to design and evaluate multidisciplinary solutions.
  3. Introduce students to the art of forming international partnerships and collaborations.
  4. Train students to design solutions that are appropriate for foreign cultures, economies, histories, and regulatory environments.

Enrollment in this course will be limited to 15 students. It will be open to all engineering freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and graduate students.

Information session: Wednesday , September 25, 5:30-6:30 PM, Towne 108

Application deadline for the 2019 trip: Friday, October 18, 2019

Download the PowerPoint from our info session here if you missed it.

Application and info session

Information session will be held Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-6:30 pm in Towne 108.


Application can be found here