Program Features

Why study translational health technology?

If you are interested in learning all aspects of taking new biomedical ideas through the process of product development, market research, clinical trials and clinical implementation, this is the program for you. The Translational Health Technology track combines aspects of bioengineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, bioregulatory affairs, ethics and experimental design.

In today’s world, there are too many important bioengineering advances that never make it to clinical implementation because they were not successfully navigated through the winding path of commercialization and product development. This course of study specifically trains students how best to translate laboratory successes into clinical trials and through bioregulations, product development and full-scale implementation in clinical care models to help treat some of the world’s most important medical problems.

Where can this specialization be applied?

Graduates of this program will be able to choose from a variety of jobs in many different facets of the biotechnology industry, including:

* Product development and management at large and small biotechnology companies
* Leadership for start-up biotech companies
* Technology transfer at universities and other research consortia
* Federal regulatory agencies
* Hospital systems with continuous performance improvement initiatives

Why study translational health technology 

at Case Western Reserve University?

Case Western Reserve is one of the world’s leaders in biomedical engineering. Our uniquely positioned Department of Biomedical Engineering is a joint department between the university’s Case School of Engineering and School of Medicine. It is the first of its kind to be jointly administered between engineering and medical schools, and is one of the first programs in the world to offer biomedical engineering graduate and undergraduate degrees.
For more than 40 years, the department has remained on the cutting edge of biomedical research, and has a successful track record of translating research into clinical applications, including the first implantable electrode stimulator, the first respiratory sensors to monitor the breathing of premature infants, the first intravascular ultrasound, and the creation of electrocardiography imaging—the first device to image the electrical activity of a heartbeat without surgical intervention.
Furthermore, our program takes full advantage of the health technology corridor in Northeast Ohio. The state is No. 1 in the region in healthcare start-up funding and in the top five up-and-coming health care hubs. Cleveland’s biomedical industry has grown from 300 companies in 2002 to more than 700 in 2013. Our longtime partnerships with clinical affiliates 
Cleveland ClinicUniversity Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center allow students to work regularly with faculty members and mentors in the field. You will have the opportunity to see in practice how clinicians use biomedical devices—and what some of their most important unmet needs are.
Studying at Case Western Reserve allows students to benefit from our renowned academic excellence while also taking advantage of our hands-on training to gain practical experience through work in the clinic. Our program offers a balanced mix of fundamental learning, practical applications and experiential opportunities.

What core competencies will I learn?

The Translational Health Technology program at Case Western Reserve covers all aspects of translating biomedical ideas into clinical implementation. After graduating, students will be ready to apply their understanding of:

Ÿ * Bioengineering
Ÿ * Marketing
Ÿ * Entrepreneurship
Ÿ * Bioregulatory affairs
Ÿ * Clinical ethics
Ÿ * Experimental design
Ÿ * Healthcare system models


Explore the program’s curriculum.