Jaspal S. Sandhu PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Community Health Sciences

  • Professor of Practice, Center of Excellence in Maternal Child & Adolescent Health

Jaspal S. Sandhu is a Professor of Practice in Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health whose teaching explores innovation through design, entrepreneurship, art, and technology.

Jaspal S. Sandhu drives global public health innovation through human-centered design practice, teaching, and advocacy. He is a Professor of Practice in Maternal, Child & Adolescent health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he has designed and taught globally unique, interdisciplinary public health innovation courses since 2010. From its founding in 2016 until 2021, he served as the faculty lead for the Fung Fellowship at UC Berkeley, a program that originally merged digital health, human-centered design, and health equity, and that now includes a focus on environmental sustainability. He was managing partner at the Gobee Group, a human-centered design company that he co-founded in 2009 to innovate for the equitable health of populations globally and in the United States. One flagship effort at Gobee was Reimagine Lab, a multi-year effort that developed creative approaches to prevent family and domestic violence across California’s diverse communities far into the future. Prior to Gobee, he worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Health on technology and innovation in rural health systems as a Fulbright scholar, and for the Intel Corporation and the Nokia Research Center. In 2018, he founded Pink Box Stories, a digital platform to share stories of California’s Cambodian immigrant families that own and operate the majority of independent donut shops in the state. He holds a PhD in Design from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks Punjabi, Spanish, and Mongolian.

  • PhD – Design, University of California, Berkeley
  • SM – Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SB – Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Human-centered design for public health and healthcare innovation
  • Emerging technologies for community health
  • Interdisciplinary, team-based models for educating public health entrepreneurs and innovators

Sandhu JS, Hosang RN, Madsen KA. Solutions That Stick: Activating Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in a Graduate-Level Public Health Innovations Course at UC Berkeley. American Journal of Public Health. 2015; 105(S1):S73-S77.

Vechakul J, Shrimali BP, Sandhu JS. Human-Centered Design as an Approach for Place-Based Innovation in Public Health: A Case Study from Oakland, California. Maternal & Child Health Journal. 2015; 19(12):2552-2559.

Sandhu JS, New Opportunities for Home Cooks: A new California law legalizes sales of home-cooked food, bringing new food experiences and meaningful economic opportunity, Edible East Bay. Winter 2018: 25-27.

Sandhu JS & Kim A, Using Human-Centered Design to Address Domestic Violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation Blog. April 2019.

Johnson T, Sandhu JS, Tyler N, The Next Step for Human-Centered Design in Global Public Health, Stanford Social Innovation Review, October 22, 2019


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