Teaching at MIT

HST 426
Maker Lab: Creating Technologies to Re-invent Health Care

Term: Spring

Course Director(s):Lee Gehrke,  Jose Gomez-Marquez,  Anna Young

Time: Lecture: Tu 2:30-3:30pm; Lab: Th 2:00-5:00pm

Location:  Lecture: E25-117; Lab: E25-101 and E25-533

Course Website: makerlab.mit.edu

Prerequisite: None
Restrictions: Undergraduate course; Graduate students eligible with permission of instructor

MIT Units: 

1-3-8 (N-Level Credit )

Harvard Units: 

The course will use and design do-it-yourself medical technologies, creative biosensors and health construction kits to create accessible, patient centered solutions. Will cover affordable prototyping and design strategies for health and medicine that can be applied in the American healthcare system and in low resource settings. Successful projects will create patient-generated data devices as a learning model, and students will design affordable devices that are used by patients to manage their health. Using Construction Sets for Health as a strategy, we will explore the rich diversity of possibilities created when patients are empowered to design their own solutions. Hands-on weekly labs will include paper diagnostics, microcontroller applications, wearable sensors, mobile health app design and health kit architectures.