About the Program

The medical technology industry is becoming increasingly global, and innovation processes emphasize cost-effective health care solutions and translatable clinical outcomes. Rice University is preparing engineers to work in this new and changing environment with a focus on emerging markets.

The Rice University Department of Bioengineering expanded its non-thesis master of bioengineering (MBE) degree program through the launch of a unique track in Global Medical Innovation (GMI). Directed by Eric Richardson, Ph.D., the GMI program is designed to educate and train engineers for careers in medical technology through education in innovation, emerging-market design projects, and internships. The track builds on Rice’s top-ranked bioengineering programs, its award-winning design facilities at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the successful history of innovation in the developing world with Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, and strong collaborations with the Texas Medical Center.

The GMI program specifically targets students who have an undergraduate degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical, or bioengineering/medical) or a related field, and who are interested in pursuing a career in the private, public, or non-profit sectors of medical technology.

The 2018-19 GMI cohort’s summer experience began on May 29, 2018 with an orientation at Rice University. They traveled to Costa Rica on May 31, 2018, where they will spend eight weeks collaborating with local universities and clinicians to develop design projects and take part in a global industry internship working as interns at Boston Scientific and Establishment Labs. The students will return to Rice in August where they will begin participating in design-based coursework in collaboration with the Texas Medical Center. We invite you to read their blog as they reflect on their experiences as GMI students.

GMI will be accepting applications for fall 2019 admission from September 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019. For more information about the Global Medical Innovation MBE program, visit the BIOE website, check out our brochure, and visit us on Facebook.

Questions about the GMI track can be sent to gmi@rice.edu.


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