Graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Engineering

The application of microelectronic circuitry, high performance processors, and improved algorithms based on advanced mathematics has resulted in innovative new methodologies to acquire and process image data, permitting visualization, quantification, and functional analysis of tissues and organs. This 4-course online graduate Certificate Program in Biomedical Engineering, offered by UMass Lowell's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies, provides engineering professionals with an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the principals and applications of imaging technology as they relate to the medical industry.

Note: The University is no longer accepting applications to this program.

Required Courses

  1. EECE.5110 Medical Diagnostic Imaging
  2. EECE.5600 Biomedical Instrumentation

Electives (choose 2):

  1. EECE.5100 Digital Signal Processing - Available Summer 2024!
  2. BMBT.5000 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology
  3. BMBT.5120 Medical Image Processing
  4. BMBT.5160 Basic Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  5. BMBT.5170 Embedded System Design in Medical Systems

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    Course Descriptions

    BMBT.5000 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology (3cr)

    This introductory course envelopes a breadth of different topics and fundamental concepts in biomedical engineering and biotechnology (BMEBT) that will allow students to explore and identify areas that may be of interest to them. Topics covered in the course may include, but are not limited to, the following: engineering and ethics, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bioinstrumentation, biomedical sensors, biosignal processing, radiation treatment and medical imaging. Speakers from industry may also be invited to present topics of contemporary importance.

    BMBT.5120 Medical Image Processing (3cr)

    The focus of Medical Image Processing will be on post-acquisition medical image processing. We will cover techniques for processing n-d medical images. There will be an engineering emphasis rather than rigorous investigation of algorithms and theory. There will be homework or projects that will require use of software tools such as (Image) (for fundamentals), Matlab or ITK (for filtering). Mimics (for segmentation).

    BMBT.5160 Basic Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3cr)

    The goal of this course is to provide the student with a general understanding of the physical principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the instrumentation used to create a magnetic resonance image. This goal will be sought without deep exploration of any particular physical science or mathematical discipline. Background knowledge in freshman-level science and mathematics courses is assumed. The topics to be covered in this course include: 1) theoretical and experimental aspects of MRI and their application to problems in medicine and biology, 2) physical principles underlying the generation and detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal, 3) MRI instrumentation, and 4) Nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation parameters and how they affect contrast in a magnetic resonance image.


    CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    BMBT.5170 Embedded System Design in Medical Systems (3cr)

    This course covers the design principles of embedded systems including both the hardware and software aspects. We will introduce the design methodology and cost effectiveness of embedded systems. We will discuss the microprocessor, memory and storage subsystems. The interfacing between the computer system and medical instruments will be reviewed. Firmware, operating systems,programming tools will be considered. The course will have a lab component that includes hands-on exercises of embedded Linux (or RTEMS) in an online virtual laboratory environment.

    EECE.5100 Digital Signal Processing (3cr)

    Review of Z-Transforms and solutions of linear difference equations. Digital filter structures, parameter quantization effects and design techniques. FFT and Chirp Z-Transform methods. Discrete Hilbert Transforms, minimum-phase sequences and their application to Homomorphic Signal Processing and calculation of Complex Cepstrum.


    a.k.a IB.510


    CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    EECE.5110 Medical Diagnostic Imaging (3cr)

    This course covers the physics and electrical engineering aspects of how signals are acquired from which images will be formed, and the principal methods by which the signals are processed to form useful medical diagnostic images. Modalities studied include: x-rays, ultra-sound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. The principles of signal processing via Fourier transform will be reviewed. Noise and other artifacts that degrade the medical diagnostic of images are considered. MATLAB is heavily used in simulation and verification.


    a.k.a IB.511

    EECE.5600 Biomedical Instrumentation (3cr)

    A survey of biomedical instrumentation that leads to the analysis of various medical system designs and the related factors involved in medical device innovation. In addition to the technical aspects of system integration of biosensors and physiological transducers there will be coverage of a biodesign innovation process that can translate clinical needs into designs. A significant course component will be project-based prototyping of mobile heath applications. The overall goals of the course are to provide the theoretical background as well as specific requirements for medical device development along with some practical project experience that would thereby enable students to design electrical and computer based medical systems.


    ECE senior/grad or BMEBT stude

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