Health, Technology, and Engineering

HTE@USC: An interdisciplinary program in Engineering and Medicine

Admissions

For Medical Students

Successful applicants to the program will have completed an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Applied or Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, or Chemistry, and they must demonstrate a commitment to healthcare technology and medicine and a devotion to the humanistic goal of caring for and improving the lives of patients and increasing the quality of care delivered by clinicians.

In addition to the regular components of an application to the Keck School of Medicine, applicants should indicate their interest in applying to HTE@USC in their secondary application using the checkbox provided. Upon being invited for interviews, interested applicants are required to submit two additional essays by email directly to hte@usc.edu on the following topics:

  1. Explain how your professional goals after completion of medical school involve a combination of medicine and engineering, and
  2. Describe a device or method you would like to develop, state why it is important and what potential impact it could have, give a brief description of an initial implementation, and state at least three major problems that must be overcome in the design and development process.

Interviews for admission into HTE@USC will be coordinated with the interview process of the Keck School of Medicine. Applicants will be notified of entrance into HTE@USC at the same time as they receive notice of entrance into the Keck School of Medicine. It is possible to be admitted to Keck without being admitted to HTE@USC, but it will not be possible to transfer into HTE@USC after starting medical training at Keck.

For further information, applicants should contact the HTE@USC office.

For Engineering PhD Students

Students will apply to the HTE@USC program during the Spring semester of their first year in a PhD program at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Successful applicants to the program will have demonstrated interest in health applications of engineering, and preferably will have completed some undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, and physiology.

Applicants must be in good standing in their first year and have their Ph.D. advisor’s approval. All applicants will be required to submit two essays outlining:

  1. How do my professional goals after completion of graduate school involve a combination of medicine and engineering, and
  2. Describe a device or method you would like to develop, state why it is important and what potential impact it could have, give a brief description of an initial implementation, and state at least three major problems that must be overcome in the design and development process.

Intention to apply should be communicated to HTE@USC.edu (via email) by first year Ph.D. students no later than April 30th. Application essays must be received before interviews can be scheduled and admission decisions will be communicated on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. The program begins with the start of the Keck School of Medicine program in mid-August and all admitted Ph.D. students must plan to be available for group activities and coursework starting at that time.

Because of the additional time requirements of HTE@USC, it is likely that advisors will be interested in supporting students through this component of their training if he or she anticipates that the student’s HTE-related activities may result in direct or indirect benefits for their laboratory. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to work with their departmental advisor to create a cohesive plan of study and research that includes the HTE@USC program. In some cases, the additional HTE@USC coursework will fulfill the requirements for an academic minor in their Viterbi department.

For Engineering Masters Students

Viterbi Masters students should contact hte@usc to discuss BME courses.

For further information, applicants should contact the HTE@USC office.

Brochure for prospective PhD student applicants: HTE@USC PhD brochure
Info sheet for prospective PhD student applicants: HTE@USC info for PhD students