mHealth Labs

Established in 2016, mHealth Labs serves as an incubator for developing technology to improve health care delivery and public health. The program organizes project teams around ideas and problem areas proposed by faculty and staff at Penn Medicine and engages students from across the University of Pennsylvania.

Medical, engineering, nursing, and public health students are challenged to work together to develop and test technologies over the course of a semester. In addition to improving health outcomes at Penn Medicine and in the local community, the program seeks to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and expose a wider variety of students to opportunities in the field of health care.

How it works

  • All year: mHealth Labs accepts project proposals from faculty and staff
  • September & January: University of Pennsylvania students select projects to work on
  • Fall semester: Student teams focus on exploring the problem area and designing a solution
  • Spring semester: Engineering students join teams to assist in building solution prototypes (e.g. a website or mobile application)
  • Summer: Prototypes are tested in the specific scenario they were designed for to evaluate effectiveness

For more on eligibility and participation, please refer to our frequently asked questions page.

Past projects

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Interested in submitting a project?

If you are a faculty or staff member at Penn Medicine or CHOP, please use the form below to tell us about the problem area you think could be addressed by a technology solution.  If you have questions or would like to receive feedback on your application prior to submitting, please book a technology office hours session or email


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