MIT-Harvard Medical School Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp

Cambridge, MA | March 21-27, 2020


MIT HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp

The MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp is a new accelerated-learning program by MIT Bootcamps and the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care.

  • You will attend lectures on healthcare, innovation, and entrepreneurship from faculty at both universities, and work on project teams to start a new healthcare venture in one week.

  • You will come out the other end armed with a comprehensive toolkit for healthcare innovation.

  • What’s more, you will join a global community of innovators passionate about solving healthcare related problems and other innovation challenges.

Learning areas


Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School

Cambridge, MA

Application Deadline

Dec 15*


*Submit Round 1 by Dec 15, 12 midnight ET (Boston Time)

Bootcamp Dates

March 21-27




The tuition includes all program costs and meals for the duration of the Bootcamp. Please note you will still be responsible for costs of travel and accommodation. Tuition is in USD.

Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions

What You'll Learn


Mens et Manus

MIT was founded on the principle of “mens et manus” or learning by doing. At the MIT Bootcamps, the learning takes place not only teaching sessions, peer learning, mentorship, feedback, and workshops.

Learning Experience

Bootcampers are expected to be active learning partners with other Bootcampers and coaches. Lectures are interactive and project time is driven by the team.
Throughout the program, Bootcampers will learn and practice a variety of new skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
They will learn directly from MIT and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care instructors, coaches, and guest speakers as well as through their experiences in project teams.
Each Bootcamper has the opportunity to be CEO, leading the team through its project work for a day. Active learning is an experience, and in one week, the Bootcamp provides participants many experiences most entrepreneurs and innovators face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.

Develop Innovation-Driven Venture Skills

  • Identify, define, and characterize problems
  • Spot opportunities for innovation
  • Segment and analyze opportunities
  • Evaluate and choose innovation diffusion pathways
  • Evaluate and choose models of new ventures
  • Conduct customer and market research both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Design customer journey
  • Establish foundation of product development
  • Evaluate and choose market strategy
  • Develop an in depth understanding of your customer
  • Identify and quantify sources of value
  • Map and influence customer decision making process

Gain In-Depth Knowledge in Healthcare

  • Learn the areas of opportunity in healthcare
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of how healthcare is transforming
  • How to pilot a medical innovation
  • Understand the role of Institutional Review Boards for medical innovations
  • Learn the legal and regulatory aspects of healthcare
  • Understand current and future healthcare payment structures
  • How to work with hospitals and clinics
  • How to get the most out of patient engagement
  • How to evaluate medical innovations

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Our Team

MIT HMS Bootcamps Team



Admissions to the Bootcamp is highly selective. The most successful Bootcampers had the following qualities before attending that contributed to their success at the Bootcamp and beyond:

Capacity for Calculated Risk

Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. But seizing new opportunities comes with an inescapable amount of risk. We look for applicants who are confident and calculated risk takers, and can weigh when it makes sense to embark on a new venture, pivot, or start anew.

Focus on Community

At MIT we believe that the team is more important than the idea. Great teams make amazing companies and can turn average ideas into life-changing innovations. Ideal candidates will put the team above themselves, and have a strong track record of contributing to their community.

Open and Critical Thinking

Developing your venture will require collaboration and openness to new ideas. We look for individuals with an ability to combine critical thinking with an open mind.

Initiative with Follow-Through

Anyone can start a new venture, but what separates the thriving businesses from those that fail is follow-through. We looks for applicants that start new ventures, but will follow-through even when the going gets tough.


Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive a decision at each round. Don’t wait. Show your commitment by applying early.

Getting Ready


Take the MIT Bootcamps MOOCs. MIT’s motto is mens et manus – minds and hands – theory plus practice or action learning. MIT Bootcamps are more than a semester’s worth of work in 6 days. To be best prepared to internalize and practice everything you learn during the program (action learning), we recommend you complete the four MIT Bootcamps MOOCs (theory) before the start of the program. Each course (6-8 modules each) can be completed over a couple days if that’s all you do (we don’t recommend this), or over two to three weeks at a more relaxed pace.

Visa and travel

If you require a visa to travel to the United States please apply as soon as possible. Confirm with your local U.S. embassy or consulate for specific visa requirements. You may use your offer of admissions letter to the Bootcamp as a supporting document if required.

Additional resources you may find helpful

You can share the following documents with sponsors so they can understand more about the Bootcamp:

User innovation: A Pathway to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your Customer?

Entrepreneurship 102: Do you have a product?

Entrepreneurship 103: Show Me the Money!

Do you have what it takes?

Apply to the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp!