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PhD Courses

Students in the biomedical engineering PhD program are trained to solve problems related to human health using innovative engineering approaches. This training includes in-depth instruction in both the life sciences and quantitative disciplines. Our curriculum is flexible, allowing students to choose courses that align with their research area. A full description of our degree requirements can be found here.

BME PhD students can take courses offered by any of the Johns Hopkins divisions, including the Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Whiting School of Engineering offers a broad range of in-depth courses in engineering, mathematics, and computer science. The School of Medicine offers a variety of graduate courses in the life sciences, spanning topics such as neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, cell structure and dynamics, pharmacology, cancer biology, and more. In addition to these courses from the graduate curriculum, BME PhD students have access to some seats in the first-year basic sciences medical curriculum at the School of Medicine. Because the number of seats available to BME PhD students in the medical curriculum courses (particularly Anatomy) is limited; priority is typically given based on the relevance of each course to the student’s research area.

To help guide students in their course selection, the BME PhD has created a list of common courses related to each of the BME program’s seven core research areas. To access this list, please consult the BME PhD Canvas Dashboard,

Note to prospective students: All accepted students will be added to the BME PhD Dashboard to consult resources. Moreover, a course selection orientation meeting is organized in the summer before new student’s arrival.

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