BME 389: Healthcare Assessment and Planning

Quarter Offered

Winter : South Africa ; Kelso, Glucksberg


Open to participants in the Global Health Technologies Program only



This course provides an introduction to formal concepts and methodologies used in support of health technology planning, assessment and adoption - and related decision making – as part of cost-effective healthcare delivery.

Who Takes It

Required for participants in the Global Health Technologies Program.

what it's about

This team-oriented, project-based course will provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of biomedical engineering design, with a focus on health technologies in general and medical devices in particular.  Students will work closely with faculty and health professionals with emphasis on problem definition, user-centered solutions and the use of appropriate technologies.


  • Commercial development of medical devices
  • Design verification and validation
  • Development for specialized markets
  • Good manufacturing practice
  • Medical ethics and device testing
  • Intellectual property issues
  • International standards
  • New product management
  • Post-market surveillance
  • Product liability and reliability
  • Quality management systems
  • Quantitative modelling of physical, biological, and electrical systems
  • Regulatory systems (FDA, EC, South Africa)


No textbook. Students will be assigned multiple primary sources of information and review articles to develop a comprehensive background in the both technology and the use environment.