Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering

About the Course

The course covers basic concepts of biomedical engineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which biomedical engineering is based. Case studies of drugs and medical products illustrate the product development-product testing cycle, patent protection, and FDA approval. It is designed for science and non-science majors.

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Course Structure

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2008.

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About Professor W. Mark Saltzman

W. Mark Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. His books include Drug Delivery: Engineering Principles for Drug Therapy and Tissue Engineering: Engineering Principles for the Design of Replacement Organs and Tissues, and his articles have appeared in Biomaterials and Nature Materials. The chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Professor Saltzman is also the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards from Yale, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Professor

W. Mark Saltzman, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Description

The course covers basic concepts of biomedical engineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which biomedical engineering is based. Case studies of drugs and medical products illustrate the product development-product testing cycle, patent protection, and FDA approval. It is designed for science and non-science majors.

Texts

Enderle, John D., Susan M. Blanchard, and Joseph D. Bronzino, eds. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. Boston: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005.

Saltzman, Mark. Drug Delivery. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Saltzman, Mark. Tissue Engineering. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Sherwood, Lauralee. Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems, 5th edition. Belmont, California: Brooks/Cole, 2004.

Biomedical Engineering: Bridging Medicine and Technology, in preparation by Mark Saltzman (forthcoming by Cambridge University Press)

Requirements

Students are required to read assigned chapters before lectures and attend weekly section meetings. Completion of weekly homework assignments and one term paper is required in addition to Midterm and Final exam (non-cumulative).

Grading

Midterm: 30%
Final: 30%
Research paper: 30%
Homework: 10%

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