Master’s in design for global health

Johns Hopkins University Offers a Master’s Degree Program with an Emphasis in Design for Global Health Solutions


Students who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree in design for global health solutions should consider the one-year MSE program through Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID). Our program awards a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in bioengineering innovation and design, a degree that can serve as a great steppingstone toward a career in the global health industry.

The CBID program includes clinical rotations at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a global health trip and a hands-on design component. This gives students a comprehensive and well-rounded education, full of opportunities to put principles into practice.

During this fast-paced year, students learn how to identify clinical challenges, brainstorm solutions and bring these solutions to life. At the same time, they also study research methods, business strategies and ethical considerations, helping them prepare for meaningful careers in global health.

In past years, CBID students have created global health solutions such as:

  • NeMo, a smartphone-based app for neonatal monitoring
  • BradyBand, a wearable device for people who use pacemakers to regulate their heart rate
  • TechConnect, a virtual troubleshooting and repair guide for medical equipment

Many graduates have gone on to see their innovations through the production and implementation process (TechConnect, for instance, is now being distributed to low-resource hospitals across Africa through a partnership with JHPIEGO.) Alumni have earned more than $5.8 million in prize and grant funding for projects they completed during their studies.

The CBID Master of Science in Engineering program accepts online applications through December 31. To be considered for the master’s degree program, students need to have a demonstrated interested in design for global health solutions. A background in engineering or medicine is helpful, but not required. Our admissions team welcomes applicants with other relevant undergraduate degrees. To learn more, contact us today.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design