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MS Concentration in Translational Biomedical Engineering

The Concentration in Translational Biomedical Engineering provides an opportunity to develop and practice skills including project management, clinical trial design, and medical device regulation.  In addition, the concentration includes mentorship from members of industry over the course of the concentration. These interactions with industry may evolve into internship and full-time employment opportunities.  Mentors come from a variety of backgrounds including start-up firms, service companies, and established companies. 

This concentration is completed within the core curriculum for the MS in Biomedical Engineering.  The program is open to all MS students, but those pursuing an MS thesis must seek permission from their advisor to complete an internship prior to accepting the opportunity.

The three courses for the concentration are selected from five categories; students must take one class from three of the five categories described below.  

Interested students can apply  below

Classes within McCormick that can apply to translational concentration

Applied Engineering

Course Number Course Title
BME 343 Biomaterials and Medical Devices
BME 467 Biomedical Robotics
MECH_ENG 333 Introduction to Mechatronics
EECS 495* Internet-Of-Things Sensors, Systems and Applications

Regulatory

Course Number Course Title
HC_COM410* Healthcare regulatory environment
QARS450-0* Medical Device Regulations
QARS460-0* Drug and Biologics Regulations
CHEM_ENG 382* Biotechnology Regulatory Science
CHEM_ENG395* Regulatory Sciences in Biotechnology

Biostatistics and clinical trials

Course Number Course Title
MRS409 or MHI 409DL Intro to biostatistics
MSCI321 Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators
CLIN_RES400-0* Essentials of conducting clinical research
CLIN_RES_403* Clinical Research Design
MSCI311* Clinical Research Design, Methods, and Grant Writing
BME495-0-24 Experimental Design and Measurement
PH446* Clinical Trials
HSIP445* Data Science for Clinical, Translational, and Population Researchers

Project management and product development process

Course Number Course Title
BME 495** NUvention Medical
ENTREP495-0* NUvention Therapeutics
PREDICT 475-L* Project Management
PROJ_PMI 402-0* Applied Project Management
MSCI303* Drug Development Process
IGP/MSCI 422* Introduction To Translational Research

Quality Systems

Course Number Course Title
MSRC 401-0 or 401-DL* Quality Systems for Regulatory compliance
QARS425-0* Quality Assurance Quality Management
QARS420-0* Practical Quality Management

*Restricted Elective
**2-Quarter Sequence; 1 Restricted Elective + 1 Engineering

FAQ

Q: When should I apply for the Translational Concentration?
A: Students typically apply prior to their first quarter in the MS program. 

Q: When will I officially graduate?
A: You may walk in the spring graduation with the rest of your class, but your degree will be conferred on completion of the internship program so that you are still part of the Graduate School and eligible to enroll in the associated co-op course.

Q: Am I able to take courses that are not part of the Graduate School as part of this concentration?
A: MS without thesis students are required to take a total of 12 courses to fulfill MS degree requirements.  Nine of the 12 must be part of the Graduate School (TGS) career track; therefore, MS without thesis students who are accepted to the Translational Concentration are able to take up to 3 courses outside of the Graduate School.  All plans of study must be approved by the Director of the Translational Concentration and the Director of the MS Program prior to enrolling in the courses.  MS with thesis students are required to take 9 courses to fulfill MS degree requirements; therefore, all three courses for the Translational Concentration must be part of TGS course career or students will be required to take additional TGS courses to fulfill the MS degree requirements.

Q: Can international students participate?
A: Yes, but visas must be extended through the International Student Office.

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