H-Lab Overview for Sudents
Take the Class
The first 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:
- First-hand insights into the issues and challenges facing health and healthcare organizations.
- An intensive experience working collaboratively with senior leadership in healthcare organizations.
- 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 are formed in September, and the H-Lab teaching team then matches student teams to host organizations. 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 up to three weeks.
Return: 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 updates, team processing, 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, a concrete analysis that senior leadership within the host organizations can immediately apply.