Penn Health-Tech recommends the following courses for Penn students interested in medical device innovation and health technology innovation. The following course list provides a number of relevant courses to bolster your knowledge base. If you are a Penn faculty or student and have a class suggestion, please email us!


BE 470: Medical Devices: Lab-based course where students learn the fundamentals of medical device design through hands-on projects using microcontrollers.

BE 370/BE 472: Medical Device Development: Students will learn the process of developing medical devices that fulfill unmet patient needs and understand what is required to lead a startup venture in medical devices including regulatory, legal, fundraising, team building and leadership.

BE 502: From Biomedical Science to the Marketplace: This course explores, through own work/discovery the transition from fundamental knowledge to its ultimate application in a clinical device or drug.

BE 514: Rehab Engineering and Design: Students will learn about problems faced by disabled persons and medical rehabilitation specialists, and how engineering design can be used to solve and ameliorate those problems.

BE 515: Bioengineering Case Studies: Students will examine biomedical devices and technologies with significant engineering components for use in breast cancer detection, for minimally invasive treatment of cancer and other disease, and applied neuroscience technologies for rehabilitation.

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Integrated Product Design

IPD 515 Product Design: This course provides tools and methods for creating new products, intended for students with a strong career interest in new product development , entrepreneurship, and/or technology development.

IPD 525: Ergonomics/ Human Factors Based Product Design: This course teaches the direct application of existing human factors/ergonomic data to the creation of new product designs.

IPD 545: Engineering Entrepreneurship I: Designed expressly for students having a keen interest in technological innovation, this course investigates the roles of inventors and founders in successful technology ventures.

IPD 546: Engineering Entrepreneurship II: This course is the sequel to IPD 545 and focuses on the planning process for a new technology venture.

IPD 572: Design Thinking and Making:  In this course, students will be exposed to these techniques and learn how to engage in a human-centered design process

IPD 568: Integration Design Studio: Biological Design: This course is a research-based design studio that introduces new materials, fabrication, and prototyping techniques to develop a series of design proposals in response to the theme: Biological Design.

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Additional Engineering Courses

EAS 549: Engineering Entrepreneurship Lab: This course applies the principles of engineering and engineering entrepreneurship to a real-world problem of your specific field of study or professional interest.

EAS 590: Commercializing Information Technology: This course provides real world, hands-on learning on what it’s like to actually start a high-tech company.

CIS 350: Software Design/Engineering: This course will introduce you to various tools, processes, and techniques that are used by professional software engineers to create high quality software, focusing on software design and software testing.

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Perelman School of Medicine

The University of Pennsylvania offers an online master’s degree in Health Care Innovation for those aspiring to improve health care, connecting working health care professionals worldwide to lead change.

Masters of Health Care Innovation courses include:
HCIN 607: Translating Ideas into Outcomes: Apply state-of-the-art innovation methodologies to improve health care for patients, clinicians, and organizations.

HCIN 612: Ethics in Health Care Innovation and Research: Students will explore a framework for conducting research, including process improvement experiments, in health care.

HCIN 617: Leading Change in Health Care: Students will examine transformative practices, and the leadership techniques that have led to their success.

HCIN 619: Pitching Innovation: Identify, investigate, and refine an innovation project to meet a need in your professional context.

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N357/N573: Innovation in Health: Foundations of Design Thinking: This course provides foundational content & a disciplined approach to innovation as it applies to health & healthcare.

NURS 553: Innovation & Applied Technology in Health Care: This course is for students who want to join interdisciplinary teams that tackle health care challenges using technology in the form of games, apps, websites, or other technology.

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HCMG 853: Management and Strategy in Medical Devices and Technology: This course will provide a foundation for understanding the nuances of the medical device industry.

HCMG 866: E-Health: Business Models and Impact: This course will help prepare students to lead a digital health future.

MGMT 729: Intellectual Property Strategy for the Innovation-Driven Enterprise: In this course, students will gain insights they can leverage in their future roles as innovation industry executives, entrepreneurs, strategist and investors.

MGMT 801: Entrepreneurship: The purpose of this course is to explore the many dimensions of new venture creation and growth, particularly within new venture formation.

MGMT 802: Change, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: This course will provide you with an advanced theoretical foundation and a set of practical tools for the management of startups and entrepreneurial teams in fast-changing and innovative environments.

MKTG 734: Idea Generation and the Systematic Approach for Creativity: This course is designed to teach students several creative problem solving methodologies that complement other managerial tools acquired in their studies.

FNCE 750: Venture Capital and the Finance of Innovation: This course covers the finance of technological innovation, with a focus on the valuation tools useful in the venture capital industry.

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Weitzman School of Design

ARCH 725: Design Thinking:  In this course, students will be exposed to various design thinking techniques and learn how to engage in a human-centered design process.

ARCH 739: New Approaches to an Architecture of Health:  In order to frame understanding of the role of architecture (and design) in fostering health for individuals and within communities, this seminar features an exploration of the historical and contemporary perspectives on the role of the architect and built environment on health.

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