Health and humanitarian engineer

Programme Overview

The 'Health and Humanitarian Engineer' option is entirely in keeping with Centrale Nantes' commitment to offering high-level teaching and prepare for careers in the health and humanitarian sectors.


The option aims to develop the graduate's skills so that he/she can:
  • understand the challenges of healthcare and humanitarian aid for patients, citizens and healthcare professionals,
  • gain an insight into the health and humanitarian sectors in France, Europe and the rest of the world,
  • anticipate developments in the healthcare and humanitarian sector through new technologies,
  • understand the players in the healthcare industry
  • gain an insight into public and private hospital professions
  • find your bearings in the humanitarian sector
  • find your way into industrial and service professions
  • take part in technical and organizational projects alongside committed stakeholders.

Contribution to sustainable development goals



Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals

International students can follow this option, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content

Academic Year 2023/2024

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Healthcare engineering Projects in healthcare and the humanitarian sector
Humanitarian engineering

Part 1 (48 hours): Healthcare

  • Medicine (basic knowledge of medicine, population health and its political and societal organization),
  • Hospital engineering (digital, biomedical, research, logistics, construction, quality)
  • Engineering in healthcare companies (drugs, imaging, biomedical equipment, information systems, consulting, etc.),

Part 2 (48 hours): Humanitarian sector

  • Missions (pre-crisis, crisis, post-crisis, ethics, vaccination, education, prevention, care, rehabilitation, autonomy)
  • Organization (logistics engineering, mission management, recruitment, adaptation, quality)
  • Design (reliability, simplicity, logistical and energy independence, etc.)

Part 3 (40 hours): healthcare and humanitarian projects, hospital, private, public and industrial projects

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Published on May 14, 2020 Updated on January 2, 2024