EWH currently has chapters at 36 engineering schools and their purpose is to raise awareness about inequities in global health and inspire their members to apply their technical skills and creativity to work for solutions. The students are involved in such activities as design projects for the developing world, the EWH Design Competition, biomedical equipment repair and evaluation, and EWH Kit builds.
EWH students and volunteers can purchase un-assembled biomedical test devices and assemble them using construction and soldering skills. EWH provides support and educational materials. EWH then distributes the completed test devices to technicians in developing countries who can't otherwise afford them.
The Summer Institute is a unique program that allows engineering students to travel to developing countries for two months to serve hospitals with equipment repair and design skills. There is one month of language and technical training followed by one month in a developing world hospital working to implement life-saving solutions.