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

Some required courses may have prerequisites, please check prerequisites for all courses before registering. 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) (pre-requisites required)

15.S67 - Medicine for Managers (spring, 9 Units)

2 Electives:

Courses may be selected from an approved list (see partial 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 at least 15 units

The certificate requires a total of 42 Units.

Approved Electives (partial list)

  • 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
  • 15.124J/HST.973J - Evaluating a Biomedical Business Concept
  • 15.136J/HST.920J - Principles and Practice of Drug Development
  • HST.211 - Biomedical Inventions: Introduction and HST.212 Biomedical Inventions: Clinical Experience and Selected Success Analysis (must take both courses)
  • 15.232 - Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets
  • 15.233 - Global Health Lab
  • 15.363J /HST.971J Strategic Decision Making in the Life Sciences
  • 15.S07 - Healthcare Ventures
  • 15.S10 - Operations Lab; the project must be in healthcare
  • 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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