D.O./M.S. Program

Dual-Degree Programs

Achieve a combined degree in medicine and biomedical engineering

Students enrolling in the Heritage College are eligible for a dual degree option leading to a master of science in biomedical engineering. This option enables students to combine their clinical knowledge and practice with expertise gained in the master's degree program, helping their patients and enhancing their professional options and career. 

Students combining degrees in medicine and biomedical engineering are uniquely qualified to speed the movement of developing technology and information from their laboratory bench to a clinical setting.  They can also bring new insights learned at the patient’s bedside back to the lab bench.

A master of science in biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology. This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine. It combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance health care treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and therapy. Much of the work in biomedical engineering consists of research and development. Prominent biomedical engineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices ranging from clinical equipment to micro-implants, common imaging equipment such as MRIs and EEGs, regenerative tissue growth, pharmaceutical drugs and therapeutic biologicals.

The M.S. in biomedical engineering  is designed to enable students to further develop their careers in medical and scientific research, with the goal of improving human health. Medical students will be required to take a one-year leave of absence from their medical program following completion of Part 1 of their boards exam, which results in a five-year total commitment for the completion of the dual degree.

D.O./B.M.E. program curriculum 

A. Life Science Core Courses. Students must complete two courses selected from the list below. This requirement is waived for D.O./B.M.E. students upon verification of satisfactory completion of the Pre-Clinical Curriculum published by the Office of Academic Affairs and found here

Course Title

Course

Credit Hours

Human Anatomy

BIOS 5010

4

Mechanisms of Gene Regulation

BIOS 5270

3

Principles of Physiology I

BIOS 5420

5

Biological Chemistry

BIOS 5630

3

Immunology

BIOS 5860

2

Basic Biochemistry

CHEM 5890

4

Biochemistry I

CHEM 5901

4

Cell Biology

PBIO 5310

3

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

PBIO 5500

3

Molecular Genetics

BIOS 5260 
or PBIO 5270

3

2

B.  Biomedical Engineering Focus Courses.  Students must complete two biomedical engineering focus courses. The current focus areas are: Biomechanics, Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Information Processing.

Course Title

Course

Credit Hours

Data Mining with Applications in Life Sciences

BME 5170

3

Engineering Biomechanics of Human Motion

BME 5670

3

Applied Cellular and Molecular Biology

BME 5830

3

Applied Immunology

BME 5840

3

Biochemical Engineering

CHE 5800

3

Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering

CHE 7700

2

Problem Solving with Bioinformatics Tools

CS 5160

3

Medical Image Analysis

CS 6410

3

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

CS 6420

3

Micro and Nano Fabrication

EE 5183

3

Mechanics of Biological Solids

ME 5660

3

C.   Common Experience Courses.  Students must complete the following courses. Students will receive four credits total toward graduation for BME 5000, BME 5010, and ET 6020. Although students will receive credit for seminar (BME 6000), these credits will not count toward graduation. This course will be taken by all students at every offering. All students are required to make at least one seminar presentation. Each student's research advisor must give approval prior to the presentation. For D.O./B.M.E. students, BME 5010 is waived upon verification of satisfactory completion of the professionalism curriculum determined by the Office of Advanced Studies.

Course Title

Course

Credit Hours

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering at Ohio University

BME 5000

1

Biomedical Engineering Professional Development

BME 5010

2

Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

BME 6000

1

Technical Writing Seminar

ET 6020

1

D. Electives. Students will complete an additional four hours of electives. For D.O./B.M.E. students these electives can be waived with research advisor's approval.

E. Research. Students will complete additional fourteen credit hours of thesis work, under the direction of a research mentor.

Additional Requirements 

D.O./B.M.E. students are expected to participate actively in the monthly "Work in Progress" seminar organized by the Office of Advanced Studies, and they will be asked to present their research in that venue.

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Application Process 

Students wishing to participate in the dual degree D.O./B.M.E. must submit their applications by January 10 of their first year in medical school.

D.O./B.M.E. Program Application

Applications are reviewed by faculty from both colleges. Candidates seeking admission are evaluated based on academic, research and personal accomplishments. Students will be notified of their application status in November. Accepted students will meet with the director of the Office of Advanced Studies to create an individualized development plan for their dual degree program.

Tuition and Funding

Dual D.O./B.M.E. students pay tuition to The Heritage College during medical years. Additional financial assistance is available through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation's Vision 2020 award, subject to specific conditions.

Applicants admitted to the D.O./B.M.E. will receive a tuition waiver through the College of Engineering while enrolled in the BME (year 3). During year 3, dual degree students are responsible for paying program/other fees at the College of Engineering not covered by the tuition waiver.

Disclaimer

The D.O./B.M.E. program guidelines are continuously updated and are subject to change based on university or program recommendations and policy requirements.