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 available to students currently registered in degree-granting programs at MIT.

Required courses

The core requirements of the certificate include:

15.141– Economics of Healthcare (Spring, 9 Units)

15.767– Healthcare Lab:  Intro. to Healthcare Delivery in the U.S (Fall, 9 Units)

15.S67 Medicine for Managers (Spring, 9 Units)

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:

  • 15.767 Healthcare Lab (see above) 15.XXX Healthcare Lab Advanced (IAP, 6 units).  15.767 prequisite to be in the same year (see above)
  • 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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