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MD Health Sciences and Technology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

58050 USD
58050 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Harvard Medical School
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)327
GMAT (avg)729

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About this course

HST's Medical Sciences Program constitutes one of the five academic "societies" at Harvard Medical School (HMS). HST students are members of the Irving M. London Society of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. The curriculum leads to an MD degree from HMS and is oriented toward students with a declared interest in a career in biomedical research and a strong interest and background in physical or biological sciences.

The program is particularly appropriate for students who are planning multidisciplinary research careers in academic medicine. The curriculum, research, and clinical experience prepare students receiving the MD to excel as physician-scientists highly qualified to care for patients and participate in biomedical research careers where they will assume leadership positions. While the MD can be obtained in four years and all students do research, most pursue a more intensive research experience made possible by extension of the MD program over five or more years. Approximately 40 percent of HST MD students pursue a combined MD-PhD program.

The programs of study are designed to develop superbly trained, clinically and socially responsible physicians with a deep understanding of the underlying science of medicine. The approach is rigorous and quantitative and presents human biology in a fashion that incorporates fundamental features of molecular biology, biotechnology, engineering and physical sciences.

The courses in human pathophysiology, specially developed for this curriculum, represent the joint efforts of life scientists, physicians, physical scientists and engineers selected from the faculties of both Harvard and MIT. The courses are presented at both universities, and are organized in semester format to provide maximum scheduling flexibility and to interface easily with the academic schedules at MIT and Harvard University. The semester format enables MD students to take other classes throughout both universities and also permits HST PhD students to take some of the MD classes. This joining of MD and PhD students in the preclinical curriculum is another differentiating feature of the HST curriculum that greatly enriches the MD student experience.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Faculty of Medicine accepts applications from current students in good standing and graduates of accredited colleges who:

  • Present evidence that their intellectual and personal credentials are of such quality as to predict success in the study and practice of medicine.
  • Demonstrate aptitude in the biological and physical sciences during their undergraduate years, but not to the exclusion of the humanities and social sciences.(A study at Harvard Medical School has shown that students are successful in their medical studies regardless of undergraduate concentration, providing that they have had adequate science preparation. Students are urged to strive for a balanced and liberal education rather than specialized training. No preference is given to applicants who have majored in the sciences over those who have majored in the humanities.)
  • Supplemented their education with at least one year of college or university training in the United States or Canada if they have completed academic work outside the United States or Canada. (Foreign students who do not have a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an institution in the United States or Canada are rarely accepted for admission.)

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Course Modules

Year I 


  • IN555.0  Introduction to the Profession
  • HST 015 Matlab for Medicine
  • HST 146 Human Biochemistry and Metabolic Diseases (part I)
  • HST 190 Introduction to Biostatistics

Fall Term 

  • HST 010 Human Functional Anatomy 
  • HST 030 Human Pathology 
  • HST 146 Human Biochemistry and Metabolic Diseases (part II)
  • HST 160 Genetics in Modern Medicine
  • HST 162 Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatics
  • HST 175 Cellular and Molecular Immunology 


  • HST 164 Principles of Biomedical Imaging
  • HST 199 Research 
  • HST 220 Introduction to the Care of Patients

Spring Term 

  • HST 090 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology 
  • HST 100 Respiratory Pathophysiology 
  • HST 110 Renal Pathophysiology 
  • HST 199 Research
  • HST 220 Introduction to the Care of Patients (cont)
  • HST 934 Introduction to Global Medicine 

Summer Research 

Year II  

Fall Term 

  • HST 040 Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis 
  • HST 130 Introduction to Neuroscience 
  • HST 199 Research 


  • HST 020 Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology
  • HST 199 Research 

Spring Term 

  • HST 060 Endocrinology 
  • HST 080 Hematology
  • HST 199 Research 

Summer Research 
Year III  
Fall Term 

  • HST 070 Human Reproductive Biology 
  • HST 120 Gastroenterology 
  • HST 199 Research 

January/Spring Term 

  • HST 150   Principles of Pharmacology 
  • HST 194   Introduction to Epidemiology (new)
  • HST 200   Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) 
  • PS700M.J Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry 

Years IV and V 

Arranged as in the Years III and IV four-year program, allocating available elective time to research. Core clerkships must be completed by the end of March of the final year.

In addition, students must complete Part I and Part II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (National Boards) and the final year Comprehensive Exam.

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How to Apply

Application to Harvard Medical School is made through AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service. 

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