Biomedical Engineering

MS, PhD, and MD/PHD

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: Misha Pavel, PhD

Program length: 2-3 Years 

Admit by cohort: No

Authorized Award(s): MS, PhD, and MD/PHD

Minimum number graded credit hours: 45 units

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA  


Program Purpose Statement

The mission of OHSU is to improve the well being of the people of Oregon and beyond through education, health care, research, and community service. The goal of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to provide a graduate education program in biomedical research in order to train students to:

  1. Facilitate the application of advances in biomedical research and engineering to understand and treat disease
  2. Provide leadership and collaboration for new biomedical research projects made possible by the fusion of basic and clinical sciences with engineering;
  3. Help bring the best medical care possible to the community, including populations located far from medical centers.


The program objectives are:

  1. To provide interdisciplinary graduate education comprised of research design and execution to prepare graduates to work effectively as independent biomedical engineers and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
  2. To provide students with a broad exposure to medical research and translation to practice in the clinic


The Department of Biomedical Engineering integrates the disciplines of engineering, basic biomedical science, and clinical science. Our graduate educational program is designed to provide a broad education across these disciplines as well as knowledge and in-depth research training in a specialty field. A quantitative engineering approach is applied to the study of medically related systems and topics. Our program prepares students for careers in academia, industry, and government.


Student Learning Outcomes Statements   

All of our graduates will be able to:

  1. Participate actively and take initiatives in research activities
  2. Demonstrate analytical skills
  3. Demonstrate scholarly oral and written communication skills
  4. Prepare integrative papers that makes original contributions to the field
  5. Create theoretical frameworks based on relevant literature
  6. Identify significant and original problems that will impact human health
  7. Understand qualitative designs and approaches to qualitative data analysis
  8. Choose methodologies appropriate to question(s)
  9. Apply data analytic techniques correctly
  10. Write a paper/thesis that is clear, well organized, and grammatically correct