Design Thinking Practicum

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At A Glance

Course Features

Make the leap to leadership in design thinking 

Once you've learned to creatively solve problems through design thinking, the next step is leading your team through innovative solutions to complex problems. Learn to facilitate your own design thinking and human-centered design workshop, and lead your team to the answers you've been looking for.

Participants taking the Design Thinking Practicum should have demonstrated mastery of design thinking techniques by successfully completing the prerequisites of Introduction to Design Thinking and Advanced Design Thinking.

This course is intended for professionals looking to take the leap from learning about design thinking to leading workshops on their own.

Participants will learn from renowned faculty and work alongside peers to gain the skills needed to create and facilitate a workshop of their own that utilizes the principles of design thinking (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test) to drive creativity in their own organization.

The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Design Thinking and Advanced Design Thinking. Design Thinking Practicum is the final course required to earn the Executive Certificate in Design Thinking for Innovation.

Every course includes:

  • Industry-leading faculty
  • Collaborative learning
  • Research-driven results
  • Lifelong connections
  • Practical applications
  • Custom solutions

Participants in the Design Thinking Practicum course will learn how to design and execute their own design thinking workshop.

Program Details

Who should attend

  • Professionals who have taken Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving and who have a desire to gain the skills to develop and facilitate their own human-centered design workshops
  • Professionals at all levels seeking to explore the possibilities of co-creating innovative solutions with key stakeholders 
  • Individuals looking for a fresh problem-solving perspective
  • Forward-thinking leaders

What will you learn

  • Learn how to guide key stakeholders in the process of design thinking in a co-creative challenge.
  • Increase the breadth of your design thinking knowledge by learning this advanced approach to human-centered design.
  • Demonstrate your creative leadership abilities by acquiring these leading-edge skills.


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Danielle Piccinini Black, MPH, MBA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Danielle Piccinini Black is the Academic Lead for Design Thinking for Innovation at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School—Executive Education, and Design Innovation Lead at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She leads the development and implementation of design thinking research, workshops, and co-creation internationally to address emerging public health and business needs, and uses that experience to enhance her design thinking courses. Danielle holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and South Africa. Click here to read her discussion on the benefits of utilizing design thinking as an empathy-centered approach to problem-solving. Email: