Intensive Course 24th-25th November: Game Design Thinking for Healthcare Presented by Dr Guido Giunti

A two day course will be held Thursday 24th-Friday 25th November at the Tellus Stage on the main campus at the University of Oulu in Finland. Finishing off the week prior to the Monday 28th November kick-off of ENJECT’s Winter Training School (separate registration) co-located at the University of Oulu’s main campus, this intensive course will explore the integration of gamification technology with the need and want for a healthy lifestyle. There is no charge for this course.

The basics of gamification, engagement science, and how the interaction of these two concepts drives behaviour regarding healthcare and its management will be explored. The fundamentals behind gamification and engagement will be covered along with game mechanics, dynamics, player types, and key systems thinking.

By the end of the course, attendees will understand the following topics:

  • What gamification is and isn’t
  • The science behind engagement and gamification
  • How gamification can transform experiences
  • What the different player types are and how to design for them
  • The state of the art in healthcare
  • How to tailor gamified interventions for healthcare scenarios

Combining pre-assignments with two days of hand-on learning, students will complete approximately 2 ECTS worth of work verified with a certificate presented at the completion of the course.

Up to 20 students will be accepted onto the course with priority given to Master’s and PhD students should demand be high. Please email your CV (including educational background and work experience) with a short motivation letter under the subject heading “Gamification Intensive Course” to by 10th October.

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Instructor background: Dr. Guido Giunti is a Medical Doctor and eHealth specialist experienced in Healthcare Innovation. Currently working as Medical Advisor and Research Fellow in Salumedia Tecnologías, he is a former Clinical Informatics Research fellow at the Italian Hospital of Beunos Aries and was staff writer for nearly 3 years at He has spoken at multiple international healthcare IT conferences and seminars. An internal medicine teacher and instructor at NuVu Studio, an innovative education institute related to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr Giunti is currently working on his PhD which focuses on persuasive technology use and gamification to encourage healthy behaviours in patients with chronic conditions.