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Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship

The Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) program is a five-year program where students are required to complete core project and design-based courses from the iBioMed program in addition to courses that integrate Business and Engineering.

HESE in Action

Learn from current HESE faculty and students about this innovative and entrepreneurship-driven program!

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HESE Success Stories

From successful start-ups, to being accepted into Medical School, iBioMed HESE students have accomplished amazing things. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, commercialization and healthcare (just to name a few!), iBioMed's HESE program is for you! 

HESE Students Help Build The Clinic at Mac

HESE Students Help Build The Clinic at Mac

The Clinic @ Mac is McMaster University’s new home for entrepreneurial training in healthcare. HESE students were part of teams that developed simplified medical record systems, remote heart-monitoring diagnostic tools, hormone-free birth control options for women and more!

iBioMed HESE students Receive hands-on clinical placements

iBioMed HESE students Receive hands-on clinical placements

Innovators in Scrubs places third year HESE students in various settings within Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare. From Nephrology to Radiology and Emergency, HESE students receive hands-on experience and apply their learning in real healthcare environments.

iBioMed HESE Student Shares Med School Journey

iBioMed HESE Student Shares Med School Journey

Learn about how HESE helped prepare its second student for Medical School. In this article, iBioMed HESE student, Alex Drover, shares his med school journey. Alex started med school this past fall (2020) and is the second iBioMed HESE student to be accepted into med school. 

HESE Student Creates PPE Respirator

HESE Student Creates PPE Respirator

HESE student John Milkovich (pictured right), with his brother Matthew, create a do-it-yourself respirator from parts around the house - a great example of HESE's focus on innovation and design thinking.

HESE Student Introduces STEM to Kids

HESE Student Introduces STEM to Kids

Yumna Irfan, HESE student and iBioMed Ambassador, creates frameworks and tools so elementary and middle school students can learn coding and STEM in a more engaging way.

HESE Students\' Healthcare-Focused Startup

HESE Students' Healthcare-Focused Startup

A group of HESE students are accepted into MacChangers and the Forge Business Incubator with their hospital referral system, AIRefer.

Meet Our Students!

Innovation. Commercialization. Entrepreneurship. These are just a few things that make HESE such a unique program, but don't take our word for it - here's what our students have to say!

HESE Students Receive Startup Funding

HESE Students Receive Startup Funding

We are all in the Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (HESE) Specialization and were passionate about health, science, and engineering coming into university. Working on a project like this through MacChangers not only means we get to work on a project we are passionate about, but we also get to incorporate what we have learned over the past three years.

Vikash Nanthakumar with his MacChangers team Hosam Abdel Hafeez and Taha Parvez

Clinical Placements and Community

Clinical Placements and Community

What I enjoyed most about HESE was the hands-on experiences. We were given many opportunities to engage with the campus community and Hamilton's healthcare network. These experiences made the learning engaging and meaningful. We got to undertake projects with real-world applications and carry out these projects to see change.

Alex Drover, HESE Alum currently in Medical School

Not Your Typical Classroom

Not Your Typical Classroom

(HESE) Students are shadowing different types of physicians in the hospital...some students are going to an organ donation clinic, others are shadowing radiologists and cardiologist, etc. HESE allows us to go and learn outside of what one would call a typical classroom.

Raymond Tolentino, 4th year HESE

HESE Students Take On Kidney Donation Clinic

HESE Students Take On Kidney Donation Clinic

After a semester of virtual immersion and identifying clinical improvements, your group is paired with a preceptor in a clinical area. For example, our group is working on clinic flow and quality improvement in a kidney donation clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital. 

Mackenzie Cullip (pictured bottom right) with her group Alexander Drover, Connor Hsu, Lubna Najm and Monica Banayoty 

HESE Student Uses Design Thinking to Teach STEM to Kids

HESE Student Uses Design Thinking to Teach STEM to Kids

Design thinking is a systematic problem-solving process that inspires creativity and out-of-the-box solutions...most people try to come up with solutions without taking the time to properly define and research the problem. With design thinking, a huge portion of the process involves focusing on the end users and defining the right problems, thus enabling us to come up with useful and effective solutions.

Yumna Irfan, Level 4 HESE, shares how she used design thinking to teach STEM to kids

First HESE Student Accepted into Medical School

First HESE Student Accepted into Medical School

In HESE I learned and developed interview skills...as well as skills / techniques around patient-centred design and needs-finding. These skills will surely help me in treating patients to the best of my abilities but may also provide me with the foundation needed to notice patients’ needs and innovate to satisfy them.  

Arjun Raghavan, HESE Alum now studying Medicine, explains how he's applying what he learned in HESE

Meet Our Instructors

Dr. Anna Korol, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Innovation and Education

Dr. Anna Korol, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Innovation and Education

Dr. Korol is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Innovation in the Department of Medicine. As a passionate Hamiltonian, Anna is committed to creating a sustainable structure for health technology innovation here at McMaster. Her educational interests are centred around forming interdisciplinary collaborations and student-industry partnerships that enrich the entrepreneurial ecosystem specifically, at the interface between health sciences and engineering.

Dr. Kenneth Owen, Assistant Professor  Department of Medicine, Division of Education and Innovation

Dr. Kenneth Owen, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Education and Innovation

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Gee someone should invent a thing to…”? Well I do. My entire adult life has been engaged innovation and entrepreneurship. At first, I lived the experience by starting one of Canadas earliest Internet companies. Then later, I observed it, receiving a PhD. In Business Administration from McMaster. Now as faculty I get to share my passion with others.

Dr. Sean Park, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Sean Park, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

As part of the Division in Education and Innovation, dr. Park teaches courses on human-centred design, creative problem solving and strategic foresight in the iBioMed program and the Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy. He is a MacPherson Fellow leading educational research and capacity-building activities that advance designerly ways of teaching and learning.

What are the courses like?

IBEHS 1EP6 A/B – Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Innovation: From Bench to Market

Project-based integrated learning course using advancements in the biomedical field to explore cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying human health and pathology, and to follow the development of healthcare solutions from lab to market.  Focus on the synthesis of key concepts in cellular and molecular biology with clinical developments and business perspectives. The course will develop critical thinking, teamwork and project management skills. 

One lecture (2 hours), one tutorial (three hours); both terms 

IBEHS 2E06 Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship I: Human-Centred Design

Project-based integrated learning course using advancements in the biomedical field to explore cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying human health and pathology, and to follow the development of healthcare solutions from lab to market.  Focus on the synthesis of key concepts in cellular and molecular biology with clinical developments and business perspectives. The course will develop critical thinking, teamwork and project management skills. 

One lecture (2 hours), one tutorial (three hours); both terms 

IBEHS 3EE6 Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship II: From Idea to Enterprise

Introduces business and economic concepts needed to bring new healthcare tools and services to market. Through a business lens, participants will actively explore the concepts of product innovation, development, and marketing in the healthcare marketspace through lectures, podcasts, research projects and labs. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have developed the skills to design, build and promote innovative healthcare solutions. 

One lecture (two hours); one tutorial (three hours); both terms  

IBEHS 4EE6 Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship III: Innovators in Scrubs

This course will integrate design thinking, health engineering and business concepts and apply them to the process of innovating health technologies. Students will work in teams to identify and design solutions for unmet clinical needs based on exposure to real-world healthcare environments and clinical stakeholders. Emphasis will be placed on user-centred design and further development of teamwork and communication skills, adaptability and creativity. 

One lecture (three hours), lab/placement (four hours); both terms 

2R00, 3R00, 4R00 and 5R06 Current Research Initiatives

Students will attend and document 6-12 additional learning opportunities each year. This may include health science rounds and seminars in any faculty at any university. It may also include attending national or international meetings in the heath science, business or engineering domains. The content of this process may inform activities in the Health Entrepreneurship courses and learning portfolios will be used for evaluation. 

IBEHS 5E15 Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship: Thesis

This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply learning from the previous four years of the program. Projects and proposals from Health and Entrepreneurship courses will achieve maturity and will be examined by faculty members and members of the business, engineering and health communities outside the university. The final focus will be on quality entrepreneurship with the potential for high impact. 

One lecture; both terms 

Connect with a HESE Student

Want to learn more about HESE?

Connect with one of our HESE student ambassadors.

Contact us at ibiomed@mcmaster.ca