Course Overview

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Harvard HealthTech leads the Anatomy of Innovation: The Biodesign Process course (NCE510.0) every spring. We welcome students across Harvard (MBA, Post doc, Phd, MD candidate, graduate level engineering program, design programs, etc.), and all staff, researchers, and care providers from our affilitated hospitals to join! Harvard Medical School students receive 1 credit for completing the course. 

In the course, which is predicated on the proven Biodesign innovation framework, we teach the design thinking method used to transform real healthcare challenges into business ideas that change medicine. We work from a curriculum that brings together medicine, technology, and entrepreneurship, augmented by inspiring talks from experts in health IT, intellectual property, medical devices, and medtech. 

In small teams, students will apply classroom lectures and practicals to a real-life unmet clinical challenge, ultimately developing a real, competitively sound innovation to address it. The Harvard HealthTech Fellows will be bringing the unmet needs they have gathered from their clinical observations and acting as project coaches during the course.

This course will be held virtually on Wednesday evenings from February 9th through April 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm, with the following adjustments:

  • No session on March 16th (spring recess)
  • A few classes will end earlier (between 7:00-7:30pm)

Applications for the Spring 2022 course are now closed.
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