Graduate Minor in Pediatric Engineering

About the Graduate Minor

This minor in Pediatric Engineering aims to train graduate students in related science, mathematics, technology, health, and engineering fields: 1) to develop a fundamental understanding of childhood injury and disease, healthcare, and treatment, and 2) to apply scientific and engineering concepts, methods, and approaches to address healthcare challenges with direct relevance to pediatric patients. Pediatric patients suffer from injuries and diseases that are congenital due to genetic factors and that are acquired due to exposure to environmental or biological factors, such as trauma, bacteria or viruses. Infants and children have unique physiology that dramatically changes during growth and development, and the substantial heterogeneity of complex pediatric illnesses and rare childhood diseases is distinct from adult diseases.

Select topics in courses include pediatric trauma or injury, congenital or acquired cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cerebral palsy, infectious diseases, autism, musculoskeletal diseases, neurological illness and defects, anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, and medical devices for pediatric usage. The long-term goal of this minor is to train the next-generation of students for future scientific and technical careers in pediatric engineering, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and innovation that will have a lasting impact on global health.

This minor is divided among courses in biomedical engineering, entrepreneurship, clinical treatment, healthcare, psychology, biomedical ethics, and statistics. Key characteristics are:

  • Designed for graduate students in science, mathematics, technology, health, and engineering program 1) to gain a fundamental understanding of childhood disease, healthcare, and treatment, and 2) to apply scientific and engineering concepts, methods, and approaches to address healthcare challenges with direct relevance to pediatric patients
  • Requires 3 core and 2 elective courses (15.0-17.5 credits)
  • Can be completed in 4 quarters

Admission Requirements

Requires that students have a minimum mathematical skill level equivalent to Calculus I.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
BMES 509Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science3.0
BMES 528Pediatric Engineering I3.0
BMES 529Pediatric Engineering II3.0
Elective Courses
Complete 2 of the following courses6.0-8.5
Cardiovascular Engineering
Biomedical Statistics
Experimental Design in Biomedical Research
Intermediate Biostatistics
Biomedical Ethics and Law
Biological Evolution: Applications to Human Health and Performance
Medical Device Development
Emerging Technologies in the Healthcare System
Biomedical Mechanics I
Biomedical Mechanics II
Neural Signals
Special Topics in BMES (Brain Computer Interfaces)
Pediatric Physical Therapy *
Independent Study (Pediatric Rehabilitation)
Total Credits15.0-17.5

Additional Information

Carolyn Riley
Associate Director of Professional Programs
215-895-2215
cr63@drexel.edu
 

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