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Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

HST scientist David Nyugen. (Photo by Greg Dancer.)
HST student David Nguyen.

Health Science and Technology department logo Founded more than 30 years ago, HST is one of the oldest and largest biomedical engineering and physician-scientist training programs in the United States and the longest-standing collaboration between Harvard and MIT. From the beginning, HST pioneered a new way of thinking about the very processes that govern life and disease, breaking down barriers that impede interdisciplinary education and collaborative research and creating an environment that brings innovation from the laboratory bench to the bedside, and clinical insight from the bedside to the bench.

HST students work with eminent faculty from throughout the Harvard and MIT communities; and are trained to have a deep understanding of engineering, physical sciences and the biological sciences, complemented with hands-on experience in the clinic or industry. Students become conversant with the underlying quantitative and molecular aspects of medicine and biomedical science.

HST's research enterprise leverages the extraordinary resources of Harvard and MIT, as well as those of its affiliated teaching hospitals and research centers, to train scientists who are committed to exploring the fundamental principles underlying health and diseases, and who are seeking new pharmaceuticals and devices to alleviate human suffering.

HST's research initiatives build on interdisciplinary areas that focus on advancing improvements in human health. HST has three targeted focus areas:

  • Biomedical Imaging;
  • Biomedical Infomatics and Integrative Biology; and
  • Regenerative and Functional Biomedical Technologies.

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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
HST.422J A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain, Fall 2006 NEW
HST.508 Genomics and Computational Biology, Fall 2002
HST.541J Quantitative Physiology: Cells and Tissues, Fall 2004
HST.542J Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems, Spring 2004
HST.558J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation, Spring 2006

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
HST.021 Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology, January (IAP) 2006
HST.035 Principle and Practice of Human Pathology, Spring 2003
HST.071 Human Reproductive Biology, Fall 2005
HST.121 Gastroenterology, Fall 2005
HST.131 Introduction to Neuroscience, Fall 2005
HST.151 Principles of Pharmacology, Spring 2005
HST.176 Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Fall 2005
HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2005
HST.502 Survival Skills for Researchers: The Responsible Conduct of Research, Spring 2003
HST.502 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Topics in Medical Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
HST.508 Quantitative Genomics, Fall 2005
HST.508 Genomics and Computational Biology, Fall 2002
HST.510 Genomics, Computing, Economics, and Society, Fall 2005
HST.512 Genomic Medicine, Spring 2004
HST.515J Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering, Spring 2006 NEW
HST.522J Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions (BE.441), Fall 2003
HST.523J Cell-Matrix Mechanics, Spring 2004
HST.524J Design of Medical Devices and Implants, Spring 2003
HST.525J Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena, Fall 2005
HST.535 Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering, Fall 2004
HST.544J Fields, Forces, and Flows in Biological Systems (BE.430J), Fall 2004
HST.560J Principles of Radiation Interactions, Fall 2004
HST.561J Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine, Fall 2005
HST.569 Biomedical Optics, Fall 2006 NEW
HST.583 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Data Acquisition and Analysis, Fall 2004
HST.584J Magnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging Techniques, Spring 2006
HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Developing Professional Skills, Fall 2006 NEW
HST.590 Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series: Topics in Medical Ethics and Responsible Conduct in Research, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
HST.710J Speech Communication, Spring 2004
HST.712J Laboratory on the Physiology, Acoustics, and Perception of Speech, Fall 2005
HST.714J Acoustics of Speech and Hearing, Fall 2004
HST.720 Physiology of the Ear, Fall 2004
HST.721 The Peripheral Auditory System, Fall 2005
HST.722J Brain Mechanisms for Hearing and Speech, Fall 2005
HST.723 Neural Coding and Perception of Sound, Spring 2005
HST.725 Music Perception and Cognition, Spring 2004
HST.730 Molecular Biology for the Auditory System, Fall 2002
HST.750 Modeling Issues in Speech and Hearing, Spring 2006
HST.920J Principles and Practice of Drug Development, Fall 2005
HST.921 Information Technology in the Health Care System of the Future, Spring 2003
HST.923 Information Technology in the Health Care System of the Future, Spring 2003
HST.930J Social Studies of Bioscience and Biotech, Fall 2005
HST.935 Narrative Ethics: Literary Texts and Moral Issues in Medicine, January (IAP) 2007 NEW
HST.947 Medical Artificial Intelligence, Spring 2005
HST.949J Computational Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2005
HST.950J Engineering Biomedical Information: From Bioinformatics to Biosurveillance, Fall 2005
HST.950J Medical Computing, Spring 2003
HST.951J Medical Decision Support, Spring 2003
HST.951J Medical Decision Support, Fall 2005
HST.952 Computing for Biomedical Scientists, Fall 2002
HST.958J Biomedical Information Technology (BE.453J), Spring 2005