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. This year, the inaugural cohort of Harvard HealthTech Fellows will be bringing the unmet needs they have gathered from their clinical observations at our partner site, Massachusetts General Hospital and acting as project coaches during the course.

This course will be held from February 10th through April 14th, 2021. Students will be meeting weekly online on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30pm (EST).

Applications for the course are now closed.

The next application cycle for the 2022 course will open in December 2021. Please email healthtech@hms.harvard.edu if you would like more information.