Online Course for High School Students

Biomedical Engineering: Solving the Body’s Challenges with Technology

Engineering the human body

Artificial limbs and implantable devices, diagnostic screening equipment and technical advances to solve health problems — these are all made possible by Biomedical Engineering. This online course teaches you how to marry the techniques of engineering to biology and medicine. Identify the stages of engineering design, how to measure, collect and display data, and delve into topics around medical innovation. If you’re interested in a future in engineering or healthcare, this course is for you.

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Program Dates

 Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions


For students ages 13+



Your hands-on introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Learn the engineering approach to the body

Understand the difference between a scientist, an engineer and a biomedical engineer. Learn the engineering approach to medical problem solving and review current news stories on the topic. Discover the tools biomedical engineers are using.

Master the practice of measuring; a key part of the engineering design process

Discover why measurements are a critical part of the engineering design process. What do bioengineers measure? How do they do it exactly? Understand how bioengineers collect data and the many ways they put it to use.

Be able to answer the question: how do skeletal muscles work?

Look into the mechanical aspects of muscle tissue: learn the relationship between the length of a muscle and the magnitude of the force it can produce. Make predictions about the relationship between muscle length and muscle tension and confirm using data in the form of a graph.

Investigate skeletal modeling

Find out how to apply simple lever mechanics to the attachment of muscle to bone, and learn how engineers create and use body diagrams. Apply engineering specs to solve problems — such as how much weight a muscle can lift.

Discover how the heart muscle works

Explore a 3-dimensional model of the heart and make predictions based on the relationship between heart volume and pressure. Confirm your findings through data.

Prepare for a future in Biomedical Engineering

Topics covered in this course offer a good background for potential careers in fields related to biomedical engineering — Biomaterials Developer, Manufacturing Engineer, Physician, Orthopedic Surgeon, Independent Consultant, Biomedical Scientist/Researcher or Rehabilitation Engineer.

Skills you will gain from this course

  • How to compare and contrast engineering and science
  • Ability to take measurements of temperature and prove accuracy
  • Know how to analyze and model the workings of the heart muscle
  • Apply brainstorming techniques to develop solutions
  • Learn how to work with specs and design simple engineering solutions
  • Develop your communication and presentation skills
  • Determine if biomedical engineering is a field you’d like to pursue

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3 Learning advantages designed for you

1. Final Project

The course culminates with a special final project that allows you to: 

  • Generate ideas using (solo) brainstorming techniques
  • Use screening techniques you’ve learned to rank your ideas
  • Generate a short report on the biomedical engineering problem you’ve chosen for this project and be able to model the solution

2. Mentoring

You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming to help as you prepare for your final capstone project

3. Flexible Learning

  • 100% online — works with your schedule
  • 20-25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • Asynchronous: you’ll learn through engaging videos. Tune in anytime that works for you
  • Regular live group online sessions with a mentor
  • Meet fellow students from around the world

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December 19 - January 2

Biomedical Engineering: Solving the Body’s Challenges with Technology

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 12, 2021

All course options, whether 2 or 4 weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. The difference in length of course is due to time of year (not amount of instruction). We know the school year keeps you busy, so we’ve made the course longer during that time so that you can get assignments done.

Course designed by:

Scott Seidman, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Seidman’s engineering background is in bioinstrumentation and embedded devices. He has applied this expertise as co-inventor on two patent applications for medical devices, both in the area of neonatal monitoring. His work was recently awarded funding for further development from the University of Rochester Technology Development Fund.  Another area of interest is assistive technology to help people with profound accessibility issues use computers, and he is currently working with a private company to bring a computer-based electronic musical instrument for people with high spinal cord injuries to the market. Professor Seidman serves as the faculty advisor of the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Dr. Seidman is one of only three professors to win the University of Rochester’s 2020 Goergen Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Course Mentors

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Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She completed internships in the biomedical engineering field, specifically working with cancer cells and gene editing.

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Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering and minoring in Chemical Engineering and Dance. She's currently a TA for the Biomedical Engineering Department's Microcontrollers course and the Physic Department's Mechanic's lab, the Hardware Advisor for the University of Rochester International Generically Engineered Machines Team, a mentor for the Biomedical Engineering Society Chapter at Rochester, and a research intern at the URMC Center for Musculoskeletal Research.

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Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester majoring in Chemical Engineering.

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Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biosignals and Biosystems and a minor in Clinical Psychology. She's currently a mentor for the Biomedical Engineering Society Chapter at Rochester.

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Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. She participated in a project in which she created an improved neck brace for patients with ALS.

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How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer. NOTE: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential who need assistance affording the associated cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: