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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: rfrisina@usf.edu

Website: http://chbme.eng.usf.edu/graduate/biomedicalEng.htm


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major 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, cellular?level drug delivery. The doctoral Major 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, and the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital.

Students in the Major 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 major also facilitates biomedical engineering research at USF through interactions with USF faculty and with industry and other health care institutions and catalyzes the growth of biomedical product companies throughout the region by the development, dissemination, and commercialization of new biomedical technologies. Overall, the major strives to develop and promote technologies and processes that will lead to better health care and improved quality of life.

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

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, listed below.

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 > 75th percentile and Analytical Writing > 4.0.
  • An undergraduate GPA of >3.50 (out of a possible 4.00) 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 students interests. Such direct contact with individual faculty members can greatly strengthen an application.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 90 hours
For students with an approved masters degree: 60 hours minimum post-masters
For students without a masters degree: 90 hours minimum post-bachelors

Core courses 15 hours
Specialization courses 15 hours
Additional Electives or Directed Research for students without a masters degree 30 hours
Dissertation 30 hours

Core Courses:
A minimum of 15 credits including:
GMS 6440 (3) Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410(3) Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 (3) Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II
BME 6000 (3) Biomedical Engineering
6931 (3) Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering II

Specialization Courses:
A minimum of 15 graduate credit hours selected from one of these areas of specialization. Directed Research courses in these areas can count as a part of these credits:
-Medical Imaging
-Rehabilitation Engineering
-Biomechanics and Biomaterials
-Cardiovascular Engineering
-Neuroengineering
-Tissue Engineering

Qualifying Exam
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, preferably to be completed by the end of the second year of study. The dissertation committee will evaluate a written dissertation proposal and an oral defense. Poor performance on the qualifying exam based on the judgment of the Committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the Exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed by the Major.

Dissertation (30 hours)
BME 7980 Ph.D. Dissertation
30 credits of dissertation research are required. 6 hours of Directed Research may be substituted for 6 Dissertation hours. As with other engineering Ph.D. degrees, evidence of the significance of the conducted research is provided by publication in appropriate refereed journals; with a minimum of 1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal, with the student as primary author. The expectation is that Ph.D. students will have 3 or more publications. The required journal publication must be based on your Dissertation research. Presentation at a conference or publication in a proceeding (even if refereed) is not sufficient.

OTHER INFORMATION

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.

Results
Doctoral graduates of this major 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.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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Graduate Course Information

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

BME7980, GMS6440, GMS6605, PHC6052,