Healthcare Certificate Curriculum and Requirements

The certificate is based on design principles of 1) Minimum mandatory core requirements and maximum flexibility for students; 2) Building on the current course offerings within Sloan, other parts of MIT as well as the broader ecosystem of Cambridge, and then augmenting the current offerings gradually over time in response to the needs of students; 3) Exploring innovative educational methods, such as online learning to enhance the educational experience of students.

The Healthcare Certificate is only available to students in degree-granting programs at MIT.

Required courses

The core requirements of the certificate include:

  1. 15.141– Economics of Healthcare (Spring, 9 Units)
  2. 15.767– Intro to Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.: Market & System Challenges (Fall, 9 Units) or 15.S75 (see below)
  3. Pro-Seminar– This seminar will involve the study of the medical science underlying important diseases and health issues, presentations by clinicians on leading clinical issues related to these topics, and presentations by CEOs and industry leaders on emerging technologies that address the associated unmet clinical needs (Spring, 9 Units)
  4. 2 Electives– One of which must be an action-learning course.  Courses may be selected from an approved list (see preliminary list below); students may also request approval of other courses at MIT with relevant content. Students may apply for approval of one elective course to be taken at another university while the student is actively enrolled at MIT.  The intention is to be quite flexible in approving electives (Total of 15 units required including courses meeting the action-learning requirement)

The certificate requires a total of 42 Units.

Action-Learning courses

The Action Learning requirement can be satisfied by students in several ways:

  • 15.S75 Healthcare Lab (Fall through IAP, 15 units).  Students may register for 15.767 (see above) or 15.S75.  15.S75 fulfills the Intro. to Health Care Delivery core requirement (15.767) and the action learning lab requirement.  Students taking 15.S75 will be credited with 6 units of the overall 15 units toward the elective requirement.
  • 15.233, GlobalHealth Lab (Spring, 12 units).
  • 15.S10 Operations Lab (Spring, 6 units); the project must be in healthcare
  • 15.124J/HST.973J – Evaluating a Biomedical Business Concept (Fall, 9 Units)
  • HST.211 Biomedical Inventions: Introduction (IAP, 6 Units) and HST.212 Biomedical Inventions: Clinical Experience and Selected Success Analysis  (Spring, 6 Units; must take both courses)

Approved Electives (preliminary list)

  •  All action-learning courses listed above
  • 15.121J/HST.975J Clinical Trials in Biomedical Enterprise
  • 15.122J/HST.977J Critical Reading and Technical Assessment of Biomedical Information
  • 15.123J/HST.979J Dynamics of Biomedical Technologies
  • 15.136J/HST.920J Principles and Practice of Drug Development
  • 15.232 Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets
  • 15.363J /HST.971J Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences
  • 15.S07 Healthcare Ventures
  • 15.371 Innovation Teams
  • 10.53 Advances in Biomanufacturing
  • Other health related courses across MIT and at other universities subject to approval.
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