​Advancing medical technology and improving healthcare delivery are some of our most urgent and complex societal challenges, especially as costs continue to rise.

The healthcare industry contributes approximately $3 trillion to the U.S. economy, representing approximately one-fifth of the nation’s GDP.

Stevens' university-wide Center for Healthcare Innovation seeks solutions to these challenges through education, research and partnerships that connect the fields of biology, engineering and computer science. The center also works to strengthen the healthcare workforce by identifying skills gaps and adapting or creating curricula designed to address these gaps.

More than 60 Stevens faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students from all four schools in the university are affiliated with our center, addressing key issues in medical technology and healthcare delivery. The Center for Healthcare Innovation:

  • works to advance existing activities in healthcare at Stevens and to develop and guide new research and educational initiatives to drive further healthcare innovation.

  • performs new types of research only made possible through interdisciplinary collaboration. The university is home to more than a dozen core facilities and laboratories in which students and faculty conduct innovative healthcare research.

  • pursues patenting and commercialization of intellectual property. Entrepreneurship is a core element of the educational and research experience at Stevens, and the university has a strong track record of bringing technologies to market and launching new healthcare companies from original university research.

Many of the activities of the center are conducted in close collaboration with healthcare industry partners including hospitals, medical schools and pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostic, contract research and insurance firms. Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), a nonprofit teaching and research hospital and one of New Jersey's top-ranked hospitals, has partnered with Stevens on joint biomedical education programs, for example.

The Center for Healthcare Innovation was established as part of the Stevens 10-year strategic plan as a university-wide educational and research coordinating center to guide and augment the university’s impact in healthcare.