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Mission

The Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST) is a unique collaboration that brings together the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, and local research centers to integrate science, medicine, and engineering to solve problems in human health. HST's mission is to educate outstanding minds and cultivate leaders who will explore fundamental principles underlying disease and develop preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic innovations. This academic mission cannot be accomplished by either Harvard or MIT acting alone, but rather requires substantive contributions from both.
 
HST students learn to carry their engineering and scientific expertise from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside and to bring clinical insights from the bedside to the bench. The hallmarks of HST's academic programs are: 
 
  • Academic excellence in traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary fields;
  • Strong scientific, technical and quantitative orientation;
  • Structured, multidisciplinary educational experiences in clinical settings to produce graduates fluent in the language and culture of medicine;
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities that transcend institutional boundaries, encouraging students to work in laboratories and engage mentors at Harvard, MIT, and affiliated hospitals.

Staff Mission

The Academic Office's purpose is to support our students and faculty as they integrate science, engineering and medicine to solve problems in human health. Our primary goal is to prepare students for productive careers as leaders in medical research and academic medicine. We strive to provide an individualized educational experience, to cultivate leadership and teamwork, and to foster respect for all. Through our educational program administration and support services, the Academic Office provides a strong foundation for the educational mission of IMES/HST.

~Supporting Educational Programs and Strengthening the IMES/HST Community