Medical Device Innovation Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum for Medical Device Leaders

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The Medical Device Innovation curriculum follows a 34-credit degree program in technology innovation management, medical device innovation practica, medical technology macro environments, medical-technical subject specific electives and a capstone. Students meet on average two to three nights per week with a practicum course on occasional Saturdays, completing the program in just 22 months.

A detailed breakdown of the course curriculum by semester is laid out in the menus below:

MDI Curriculum

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Term 1 - Fall

MDI 5004 Clinical Foundations of Medical Device Innovation (3 credits)
Become effective in clinical environments by gaining knowledge regarding surgical protocols; physician, surgeon, nursing and technical support functions; medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; ethnology research; healthcare law; Medicare/Medicaid; and HIPAA requirements.

MOT 8114 Strategic Analysis (1.5 credits)
Understanding the context of technology in business management and its interaction with industry, society and the economy. Introduces tools and techniques for assessing technology readiness and success probability. Reviews risk management and uncertainty in technology development. 

MOT 8133 Managerial Communications for Technology Leaders: Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2 credits)
Persuasive strategies for connecting with an audience, creating goodwill, building trust and reducing conflict while avoiding common errors that undermine credibility. Features nine behavioral practices for speaking effectively while thinking on your feet.

MOT 8501 Leading Individual & Team Performance (1.5 credits)
Innovation leadership in complex and dynamic environments. Focuses on context and capability for leaders to optimize engagement and performance at individual and team levels. Emphasizes self-awareness through individual and peer feedback and development of action plans to enhance leadership effectiveness.

Term 2 - Spring

MDI 5010 Product Innovation & Development Management (2 credits)
Discover the framework for conceptualization, design, development and the commercialization process for medical products, with a survey of key steps in innovation from an engineering and business perspective.

MDI 5013 Medical Device Center Practicum I (2 credits)
Gain added focus on teaching innovation steps and processes using known clinical needs as examples in collaboration with the Medical Device Center.

MOT 8214 Technology Foresight and Forecasting (2 credits)
Examination of tools and techniques for strategic foresight and forecasting of technology deliverables. Applies tools and concepts to critical decision-making for corporate and organizational strategy. Topics include technology analysis, dynamics, evolution, management and resource allocation.

MOT 8502 Innovation Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (1 credit)
Exploration of how leaders can be developers of innovation strategy and architects of organizational capability, fostering team commitment to execute strategic choices. Discusses various principles and practices to foster continuous improvement in individual and business performance and to sustain commitment among diverse stakeholders.

Term 3 - Fall

MDI 5008 Quality, Regulatory and Manufacturing Management (3 credits)
Examine process validations, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), appropriate management of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and knowledge sharing across the value chain.

MDI 5014 Medical Device Center Practicum II (2 credits)
Apply the skills learned in the first practicum through a clinical immersion at the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center, which is in collaboration with the Medical Device Center.

MDI 5020 Medical Device Innovation Capstone (1 credit) 
Learn about design, management, and operation of infrastructure, connect concepts and methods as you prepare a proposal, conduct the project and report the results in written and oral form.

MOT 8224 Pivotal Technologies (1 credit)
Identification of selected technologies expected to play key roles in future industrial development. Discusses state-of-the-art status for each selection and analyzes commercialization barriers and opportunities. Includes group analysis of potential applications to various industry sectors. 

Elective (2 credits)

Term 4 - Spring

MDI 5006 Finance, Valuation, and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Develop the entrepreneurial skills important in managing design, development and commercialization of medical devices, with topics such as budgeting capital, projecting financial needs and managing working capital.

MDI 5015 Medical Device Center Practicum III (2 credits)
Build on the skills and clinical experiences from the first practicums to develop a business model and turn innovation into a viable business proposition with exit strategies.

MDI 5020 Medical Device Innovation Capstone (1 credit) 
Learn about design, management, and operation of infrastructure, connect concepts and methods as you prepare a proposal, conduct the project and report the results in written and oral form.

Electives (4 credits)

* For MDI students enrolled in Fall 2021 or before, please click below for the program plan: 

- MDI Curriculum - Students Enrolled 2021 and Before

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During the final two semesters in the MDI degree program, students use the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to tackle a relevant issue, problem, or subject within their current area of interest and propose innovative recommendations or solutions. The project gives students the experience and confidence needed to grow and advance professionally.

Elective Courses

In addition to the required 28 credits of MDI core courses, students have the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest through six credits of elective coursework. Below is a list of approved elective courses for Medical Device Innovation students to choose from. Courses not on the list may be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies on a case-by-case basis. 

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Approved MDI Electives

Applied Business (ABUS)
ABUS 4043 Project Management in Practice (3 credits)*
ABUS 4509 New Product Development (3 credits)*

Bioethics (BTHX)
BTHX 5100 Introduction to Clinical Ethics (3 credits)
BTHX 5210 Ethics of Human Subjects Research (3 credits)
BTHX 5300 Foundations of Bioethics (3 credits)
BTHX 5325 Biomedical Ethics (3 credits)
BTHX 5400 Introduction to Ethics in Health Policy (3 credits)
BTHX 5411 Health and Law Policy (3 credits)
BTHX 5453 Law, Biomedicine, and Bioethics (3 credits)
BTHX 5610 Research and Publication Seminar (1 credit)
BTHX 5620 Social Context of Health and Illness (3 credits)
BTHX 8114 Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (3 credits)
BTHX 8510 Gender and the Politics of Health (3 credits)
BTHX 8610 Medical Consumerism (3 credits)

Biomedical Engineering (BMEN)
BMEN 5001 Advanced Biomaterials (3 credits)
BMEN 5041 Tissue Engineering (3 credits)
BMEN 5101 Advanced Bioelectricity and Instrumentation (3 credits)
BMEN 5151 Introduction to BioMEMS and Medical Microdevices (2 credits)
BMEN 5201 Advanced Biomechanics (3 credits)
BMEN 5311 Advanced Biomedical Transport Processes (3-4 credits)
BMEN 5321 Microfluidics in Biology and Medicine (3 credits)
BMEN 5351 Cell Engineering (3 credits)
BMEN 5401 Advanced Functional Biomedical Imaging (3 credits)
BMEN 5411 Neural Engineering (3 credits)
BMEN 5412 Neuromodulation (3 credits)
BMEN 5413 Neural Decoding and Interfacing (3 credits)
BMEN 5421 Introduction to Biomedical Optics (3 credits)
BMEN 5501 Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 credits)
BMEN 5701 Cancer Bioengineering (3 credits)
BMEN 8101 Biomedical Digital Signal Processing (3 credits)

Computer Science (CSCI)
CSCI 5103 Operating Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5105 Introduction to Distributed Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5115 User Interface Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3 credits)
CSCI 5143 Real-Time and Embedded Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5204 Advanced Computer Architecture (3 credits)
CSCI 5211 Data Communications and Computer Networks (3 credits)
CSCI 5221 Foundations of Advanced Networking (3 credits)
CSCI 5231 Wireless and Sensor Networks (3 credits)
CSCI 5451 Introduction to Parallel Computing: Architecture, Algorithms, and Programming (3 credits)
CSCI 5461 Functional Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics (3 credits)
CSCI 5481 Computational Techniques for Genomics (3 credits)
CSCI 5523 Introduction to Data Mining (3 credits)
CSCI 5551 Introduction to Intelligent Robotic Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5552 Sensing and Estimation in Robotics (3 credits)
CSCI 5609 Visualization (3 credits)
CSCI 5707 Principles of Database Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5708 Architecture and Implementation of Database Management Systems (3 credits)
CSCI 5801 Software Engineering I (3 credits)
CSCI 5802 Software Engineering II (3 credits)
CSCI 8725 Databases for Bioinformatics (3 credits)

Design (DES)
DES 5185 Human Factors in Design (3 credits)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (EE)
EE 5121 Transistor Device Modeling for Circuit Simulation (3 credits)
EE 5141 Introduction to Microsystem Technology (3 credits)
EE 5163 Semiconductor Properties and Devices I (3 credits)
EE 5164 Semiconductor Properties and Devices II (3 credits)
EE 5171 Microelectronic Fabrication (3 credits)
EE 5181 Introduction to Nanotechnology (3 credits)
EE 5251 Optimal Filtering and Estimation (3 credits)
EE 5364 Advanced Computer Architecture (3 credits)
EE 5371 Computer Systems Performance Measurement and Evaluation (3 credits)
EE 5393 Circuits, Computation, and Biology (3 credits)
EE 5542 Adaptive Digital Signal Processing (3 credits)
EE 5545 Digital Signal Processing Design (3 credits)
EE 5551 Multiscale and Multirate Signal Processing (3 credits)
EE 5581 Information Theory and Coding (3 credits)
EE 5583 Error Control Coding (3 credits)
EE 5585 Data Compression (3 credits)
EE 8367 Parallel Computer Organization (3 credits)

Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
ENTR 6020 Business Formation (4 credits)

Health Informatics (HINF)
HINF 5502 Python Programming for the Health Sciences (2 credits)
HINF 5510 Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation (3 credits)
HINF 5520 Clinical Informatics and Patient Safety (2 credits)
HINF 5530 Health Care Software Management (2 credits)
HINF 5531 Health Data Analytics and Data Science (2 credits)

Industrial and Systems Engineering (IE)
IE 5111 Systems Engineering I (2 credits)
IE 5113 Systems Engineering II (4 credits)
IE 5522 Quality Engineering & Reliability (4 credits)
IE 5541 Project Management (4 credits)
IE 5545 Decision Analysis (4 credits)
IE 5551 Production Planning & Inventory Control (4 credits)
IE 5553 Simulation (4 credits)

Industry Master of Business Administration (IMBA)
IMBA 6405 Industry Vertical: Health (2 credits)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MBA 6110 Management and Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
MBA 6300 Strategic Management (3 credits)

Mechanical Engineering (ME)
ME 5223 Materials in Design (4 credits)
ME 5341 Case Studies in Thermal Engineering and Design (4 credits)
ME 8262 Topics in Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing Processes (4 credits; max. 12 credits)
ME 8381 Bioheat and Mass Transfer (3 credits)
ME 8775 Technical Communication (1 credit)

Medical Device Innovation (MDI)
MDI 5101 Introduction to Medical Device Cybersecurity (3 credits)

Management (MGMT)
MGMT 6050 Management of Innovation and Change (2 credits)
MGMT 6100 Topics in Management (2 credits)

Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI)
MILI 6235 Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy (2 credits)
MILI 6562 Information Technology in Health Care (2 credits)
MILI 6589 Medical Technology Evaluation and Market Research (2 credits)
MILI 6726 Medical Device Industry: Business and Public Policy (3 credits)
MILI 6990 The Healthcare Marketplace (2 credits)
MILI 6991 Anatomy and Physiology for Managers (2 credits)
MILI 6992 Healthcare Delivery Innovations: Optimizing Cost and Quality (2 credits)
MILI 6995 Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory (2 credits)

Marketing (MKTG)
MKTG 6088 Strategic Marketing (2 credits)

Manufacturing Operations Management (MM)
MM 4045 Regulated Industry Compliance (3 credits)*

Management of Technology (MOT)
MOT 5001 Technology Business Fundamentals (2 credits)
MOT 5002 Creating Technological Innovation (2 credits)

Neurology (NEUR)
NEUR 5230 Cerebrovascular Hemodynamics and Diseases I (4 credits)
NEUR 5240 Cerebrovascular Hemodynamics and Diseases II (4 credits)

Physiology (PHSL)
PHSL 5061 Principles of Physiology for Biomedical Engineering (4 credits)
PHSL 5510 Advanced Cardiac Physiology and Anatomy (2-3 credits)
PHSL 5525 Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvis and Urinary System (1-2 credits)

Psychology (PSY)
PSY 5065 Functional Imaging: Hands-on Training (3 credits)

Public Health (PUBH)
PUBH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Service Organizations (2 credits)
PUBH 6832 Economics of the Health Care System (3 credits)
PUBH 6862 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (3 credits)

Product Design (PDES)
PDES 5701 Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation (3 credits)
PDES 5702 Concept Sketching and Rendering (3 credits)
PDES 5704 Innovative Computer Modeling and Rendering for Design (3 credits)

Rehabilitation Science (RSC)
RSC 5101 Mathematical Tools for Research Applications in Health, Rehabilitation, and Human Movement Sciences (1 credit)
RSC 5106 Rehabilitation Science Past, Present, Future (1 credit)
RSC 5135 Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics (3 credits)
RSC 5200 Introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (3 credits)
RSC 5231 Clinical Biomechanics (2-5 credits)
RSC 5281 Scientific Foundations: Exercise Theory (3 credits)

Stem Cell Biology (SCB)
SCB 8181 Stem Cell Biology (3 credits)

Security Technologies (ST)
ST 8109 Cyber Security Foundations: Technology, Risk & Communication (2 credits)
ST 8110 Security Science & Technology Foundations (3 credits)
ST 8111 Methods, Theory, & Applications (2.5 credits)
ST 8113 Information and Cyber Security (2 credits)
ST 8220 Vulnerability, Risk, and Threat Assessment and Management (3 credits)
ST 8330 Critical Infrastructure Protection (3 credits)
ST 8331 Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation Tools (2 credits)
ST 8513 Cyber Threat Intelligence (2 credits)
ST 8661 Securing Cyberspace (3 credits)
ST 8662 Securing Cyberspace - Advanced (3 credits)

* Students who wish to register for the 4000 level elective courses must consult with the MDI Director of Graduate Studies prior to registration.

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