Course Logistics

Essential Course Information

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Who Should Participate?

If you are interested in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship, this is a great opportunity to experiment with brainstorming a new solution to a proven clinical need. Teams following this methodology have previously formed companies and successfully secured funding.

Our focus is to create multi-disciplinary teams to provide the best learning experience for everyone. We welcome all disciplines and schools across Harvard to participate, but you must be enrolled or have completed a graduate level program or above (MBA, Post doc, Phd, MD candidate, graduate level engineering program, design programs, etc).

When and Where

All classes will be held on the Harvard Medical School Campus. Enrolled students will be able to view the course syllabus for exact locations. The spring 2020 course starts on Wednesday, February 19th through Wednesday, May 6th. Classes are held from 5-7 pm and held once a week each Wednesday.

Class Format

The HealthTech course is a project-based class with an emphasis on identifying clinical needs, validating needs, brainstorming, and concept creation. Key concepts are taught through a combination of “practicals” and lectures from experts in the fields of Health IT, medical devices, and medtech. “Practicals” are discussion sessions intended to be interactive and problem based.

Participants will be placed in teams based on project interest and background. During the 12-week course, students are required to spend time outside of class working on projects. The final deliverable will be a pitch to a panel of expert judges. 

Application Process

This course accepts 25 students. We require students to fill out a brief application explaining their interest in the program. Applicants will be selected based on commitment to the course and to assure a balance of disciplines. The application for the Spring 2020 semester can be accessed here.

Requirements and Professional Conduct

Students must:

The Biodesign innovation course is taught by a combination of Harvard Medical School Faculty, affiliated Faculty and healthcare entrepreneurs, corporate executives, intellectual property attorneys, and venture capitalists. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in an academic environment.



This course is free for students who are eligible to receive credit. We require non-eligible students and Hospital affiliates to provide a $100 check prior to or at the meeting of the first class, but the check will only be deposited if the student doesn't meet the class requirements for attendance and conduct.