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CBID Master’s Program

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID), housed within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is home to the CBID MSE program, a top graduate program in the design and early-stage development of healthcare solutions. This is a one-year professional master’s degree program, with a second-year fellowship option available.

Students in the CBID MSE program work closely with physicians and other experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Applied Physics Laboratory, and a wide range of corporate, legal, and government partners. Working in teams, students explore clinical and healthcare themes to identify major healthcare challenges, then work to design and complete early-stage development of effective solutions. 


The CBID MSE curriculum includes both instruction and hands-on work covering all major themes essential to the success of real-world healthcare solutions. These include business plans, regulation, local and international clinical immersion, intellectual property, engineering, design, prototyping, pre-clinical evaluation, fundraising, and more. Students develop strong communication skills in presenting their ideas to clinicians and potential investors.

CBID master’s students typically work closely with undergraduates in the BME Design Team course, providing guidance and support throughout the school year. Students who complete the CBID MSE program will receive a Master’s of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

Global Health Innovation

One of the hallmarks of the CBID MSE program is global health innovation. Each student in the program works on two projects – one project focused on U.S. or advanced healthcare systems, and one project focused on global or low-resource healthcare systems. The program includes international travel to target low-resource countries to enable students to better understand healthcare needs and context. Understanding the challenges of designing solutions for global markets makes CBID MSE graduates highly regarded as leaders in industry.


Technology commercialization is another central component of the BME design curriculum. All students will interact with clinical and corporate sponsors to develop their leadership, communication, and marketing skills for future professional success.


Learn More About the MSE Innovation & Design Program

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