MIT Sloan Action Learning
H-Lab
H-Lab

Information for Students

Take the Class

A key step in the MIT Sloan healthcare learning experience is to take Healthcare Lab.

Healthcare- and health management-related challenges provide unique opportunities for students to make an important and positive impact on the world through innovative research and educational activities. H-Lab focuses on these challenges.

H-Lab is an interdisciplinary, project-based learning course designed to provide students with:

  1. First-hand insights into the issues and challenges facing health and healthcare organizations.
  2. An intensive experience working collaboratively with senior leadership in healthcare organizations.
  3. A forum in which to develop integrated problem-framing skills and help organizations in complex environments move to action.

Do the Lab Project

Student teams work with their host organizations on four-month project engagements designed to tackle real-world problems. Teams of four students are formed in September, and the H-Lab teaching team then matches student teams to host organizations. Teams negotiate project scope, schedule, and deliverables with their hosts. From September through December, the teams work with their local (or remote) host organizations and build their relationships through online collaboration and conference calls. Teams conduct research, interviews, and analysis that build critical skills for future work in the field. During January teams work on site, if feasible, at their host organizations for at least one full week. They also participate in the Action Learning Poster day in February.

Reflections and Deliverables

In MIT Sloan’s signature Think-Act-Reflect approach to action learning, reflection is an ongoing part of an H-Lab project cycle. Through various methods of reflection—such as interim updates, mentor coaching, posters, and public presentations—students link theory and practice before, during, and after their project engagement to help deepen the experience. The teams’ final deliverables include a formal presentation and, more importantly, concrete recommendations that senior leadership within the host organizations can immediately apply.

Contact Us

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Building E52-333
Cambridge, MA 02139

617-324-9615
actionlearning@mit.edu