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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Biomedical Engineering (EBI)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 14.0501
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Robert Frisina
Phone: 813-974-4013


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida prepares individuals to contribute in this highly interdisciplinary field both as individuals and as members of interdisciplinary teams. Graduates are prepared to solve complex problems in areas such as diagnostic instrumentation, artificial organs, prosthetic devices, rehabilitation, and health care system design and operations, biomechanics, biomaterials, imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, sensors, and cellular-level drug delivery. The doctoral program capitalizes on USF's strong programs in Engineering and in the Health Sciences as well as the contiguously located H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital and the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital.

Students in the program may choose to concentrate in one of several nationally recognized areas of Biomedical Engineering strength at USF including:

  • Medical Imaging
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering
  • Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Neuroengineering
  • Photonics and Diagnostic Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Program at USF provides students with an integrated knowledge of engineering, biomedical science and other appropriate disciplines to allow participation in and advancement of the interdisciplinary field of Biomedical Engineering. The program also facilitates biomedical engineering research at USF through interactions with USF faculty and with industry and other health care institutions and catalyzes he growth of biomedical product companies throughout the region by the development, dissemination, and commercialization of new biomedical technologies. Overall, the program strives to develop and promote technologies and processes that will lead to better healthcare and improved quality of life.

Major Research Areas
Neuroengineering, biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, sensors, cellular-level delivery, rehabilitation engineering, and tissue engineering.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Successful applicants to the Ph.D. degree program in biomedical engineering will typically have presented the following preferred qualifications:

  • GRE required with preferred scores: Verbal > 50% percentile and Quantitative > 75% percentile, and an Analytical Writing > 4.0
  • An undergraduate GPA of > 3.5 (out of a possible 4.0) based on official transcripts
  • Completion of a Master's degree in biomedical engineering or a related field
  • Evidence of sustained interest in biomedical engineering
  • A statement of purpose and CV
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

Note: Admissions decisions will be made using multiple measures indicated above. We strongly encourage applicants to contact specific faculty conducting research related to the student's interests. Such direct contact with individual faculty members can greatly strengthen an application.


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements






A minimum of 15 credits including:

GMS 6440
BME 6409
GMS 6605
PHC 6051
BME 6000
BME 6931

Basic Medical Physiology OR
Engineering Physiology
Basic Medical Anatomy
Biostatistics II
Biomedical Engineering I
Biomedical Engineering II





Specialization Courses:

A minimum of 12 credit hours selected from one of these areas of specialization:

  • Medical Imaging
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
  • Cardiovascular Engineering
  • Neuroengineering
  • Tissue Engineering

Courses completed as part of a Master's degree may be used to partially meet the above course requirements.





Dissertation: Doctoral


A minimum of 30 credits of dissertation research are required. As with other engineering Ph.D. degrees, evidence of the significance of the conducted research is provided by publication in appropriate refereed journals.



Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
Financially competitive teaching and research graduate assistantships and fellowships will be offered to incoming students. Of special importance are the research opportunities and support available through affiliated institutions including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley VA Hospital. In addition, particularly outstanding applicants will be nominated for university fellowships including Presidential Fellowships which provide competitive stipends plus tuition, fees and Health Insurance renewable for five years.

Doctoral graduates of this program have been prepared for and are successfully engaged in research careers in Government, Corporate, and University Laboratories. In addition, since much of Biomedical Engineering research translates directly into biomedical devices, drugs, and instrumentation, graduates have also been directly involved in technology transfer, including the establishment of new Biomedical Engineering related businesses.

Graduate Certificates
As a valuable complement to graduate training in Biomedical Engineering, students are encouraged to also consider earning a graduate certificate particularly in the areas of:

  • Aging and Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Management and Leadership
  • Infection Control
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Regulatory Affairs Medical Devices
  • Technology Management
  • Total Quality Management





College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

BME7980, GMS6440, GMS6605, PHC6052,