Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

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Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Motto Integrating science, engineering, and medicine to solve problems in human health
Established 1970
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations MIT, Harvard University
Website hst.mit.edu

Founded in 1970, the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, or HST, is one of the oldest and largest biomedical engineering and physician-scientist training programs in the United States and the longest-standing functional collaboration between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

HST's unique interdisciplinary educational program brings engineering as well as the physical and biological sciences from the scientist's bench to the patient's bedside. Conversely, it brings clinical insight from the patient's bedside to the laboratory bench. In this way, HST students are trained to have deep understanding of engineering, physical sciences, and the biological sciences, complemented with hands-on experience in the clinic or in industry; and they become conversant with the underlying quantitative and molecular aspects of medicine and biomedical science. Within the division, more than 400 graduate students work with eminent faculty and affiliated faculty members from throughout the MIT and Harvard communities.[1] HST is also the home of the Laboratory of Computational Physiology (LCP) which hosts the MIMIC II database and PhysioNet.

In addition to its outstanding record of accomplishment for research in human health care, HST educational programs are distinguished by three key elements:

  • A strong quantitative orientation
  • Required hands-on experience in a clinical or industry setting
  • A focused interdisciplinary research project

Graduate Programs[edit]

HST offers eight multidisciplinary graduate degree options:[2]

  • Biomedical Sciences MD
  • Medical Engineering and Medical Physics Concentrations (MEMP) include:
    • Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG)[3]
    • Biomedical imaging and bio-optics
    • Cellular and molecular bioengineering/biophysics
    • Biomechanics and biofluidics
    • Systems physiology
    • Bioinstrumentation and devices
    • Regenerative biomedical technologies
    • Bioastronautics
  • Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology[4]
  • Radiological Sciences Joint Program
  • Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP)[5]
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Clinical Investigator Training Program
  • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "HST Faculty". Retrieved February 23, 2006. 
  2. ^ "HST Academic Programs". Retrieved February 23, 2006. 
  3. ^ "HST Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG)". Retrieved February 23, 2006. 
  4. ^ "HST Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT)". Retrieved February 23, 2006. 
  5. ^ "HST Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP)". Retrieved February 23, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Langer Lab: Professor Robert Langer". Web.mit.edu. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Mehmet Toner". Hst.mit.edu. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  8. ^ "George Church". Arep.med.harvard.edu. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Roger G. Mark". Hst.mit.edu. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  10. ^ "Elazer Edelman's Laboratory, MIT". Web.mit.edu. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Sangeeta Bhatia's Laboratory, MIT". lmrt.mit.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 

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