HHE offers a unique programme and educational vision focusing on technology for healthy humans. While many programmes in biomedical technology are offered in Belgium and abroad, HHE is the first and only programme offered in English that applies the unique combination of human physiology and engineering in a broad range of areas for healthy humans.
Knowledge of physiology and psychology of the healthy human is a key component of the programme. (See the 'Programme' section for a full description of courses.) HHE's educational vision is centred around a commitment to teach students to develop technology using insight in the workings of human physiological systems as a starting point. The programme progresses from biology onward to technology, not vice versa as is often the case in most engineering programmes. In this way, the programme aims at developing new technology in a more efficient way, meeting the high expectations of users. HHE graduates are trained to understand and speak the language of the different areas integrated within the programme.
Thanks in large part to the ongoing revolution in sensor technology and computing power, HHE graduates' knowledge and skills constitute an ever-growing added value. The programme mainly focuses on the application domains: quality of life, sports and active life, nutrition, intelligent environments and preventive health monitoring. Concrete examples of technology developed by our HHE researchers include: condition monitoring of football players (in collaboration with AC Milan), drowsiness monitoring for car drivers (in collaboration with Bosch), heart rate monitoring via intelligent t-shirts (in collaboration with Adidas), design of optimised safety helmets for bicyclists (in collaboration with Lazer Sport), stress monitoring (in collaboration with BioRICS), etc.
This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis
As an HHE graduate, your polyvalent skill set will make you widely employable in the labour market, both within your own specialisation and in other sectors. You will be equipped to take on scientific, technical, organisational and commercial-technical roles in many sectors. In addition, as a bio-engineer, you will rapidly evolve from supporting positions to management positions and this in different activities (research, production and service, marketing, etc.), according to your interests and goals.
As an HHE expert, your contribution will be essential in numerous industrial sectors, including all professional domains linked to the well-being, health and performance of healthy humans in interaction with their environment. This includes the pharmaceutical industry, the clothing and fashion industry, sport technology companies, medical companies, companies active in sleep comfort, helmet producers, producers of furniture, the transport industry (such as cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), etc. In all of these business activities, the products of the future must be tuned to a better quality of life for humans. Furthermore, the ageing population is in urgent need of more and better preventative healthcare services, including automated systems for monitoring and support. As a bio-engineer specialised in living systems, you will have the potential to create added value in all of these areas, with special attention to the central place of the healthy human in the development of sustainable technology.