Leading education and research in biomedical engineering to
improve human health
Biomedical engineering is a discipline of growing importance in
society and is a vital and growing part not only of the Boston area
but also of the whole US territory infrastructure – industry,
academics, and hospitals. The field of biomedical engineering has
been growing rapidly in the past few years. This expansion is due to
many factors, including
- scientific and technological advances in molecular and cell
biology, materials science and the engineering disciplines;
- the increasing recognition of the role of interdisciplinary
strategies to solve complex biomedical problems;
- the aging of the population leading to increasing healthcare
needs and the associated demands and costs.
The Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University
reflects these themes and offers comprehensive education and
research opportunities to students, faculty and industry interested
in pursuit of this topic.
Established at Tufts University in September 2002, the Biomedical
Engineering Department is located in the Science and Technology
Center (4 Colby Street, Medford, MA), a state-of-the-art research
and teaching facility, which also houses the cutting-edge
interdisciplinary research activities of the
Engineering Resource Center.
The Department offers undergraduate
programs (Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, second
major in biomedical engineering, second major in biomedical
sciences, minor in biomedical engineering), and
graduate programs (Master of
Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in
biomedical engineering, Master of Engineering and Master of Science
in bioengineering, certificate in bioengineering) within the
framework of cutting edge research
programs lead by its faculty members.
The Department actively coordinates and interfaces with other
Departments, Schools and Programs at the University to facilitate
biomedical engineering programs and opportunities in areas such as
biomedical instrumentation, bioengineering, biotechnology,
biomaterials, drug delivery, and systems biology. The biomedical
engineering program draws from core disciplines such as engineering,
biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and physiology
emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to research and education.
In fact, strong emphasis is placed on education at the interface of
multiple disciplines, and interactions with faculty in Arts and
Sciences and the professional schools (including Veterinary
Medicine, Medical School, Dental School, Nutrition School) is
fostered to promote collaborations and cultural exchange.
Vision & Mission
The vision of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts
University is to promote integrative research, education, and
entrepreneurship at the forefront of biomedical science and
The mission of the Biomedical Engineering Department is to advance
the field of biomedical engineering through an interdisciplinary
approach to education, design, and research.