Applied Biomedical Engineering

The Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals Applied Biomedical Engineering program gives practicing scientists the opportunity to enhance their skills in engineering so that they can solve today’s most critical problems in biology and medicine.

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Degrees & Pathways

Focus Areas/Tracks
ImagingInstrumentationTranslational Tissue Engineering


Drawing from Johns Hopkins University's acclaimed expertise in biomedical research and medical care, program faculty are able to impart real-world knowledge to their students, who are themselves notable professionals from diverse fields all over the world. Courses are offered online and on-site, with specialized lab opportunities offered at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Upon completing the degree program, students will:

  1. Gain a strong background in medical physiology which will allow them to converse with clinicians.
    1. Apply knowledge of life sciences (biology, physiology and medicine) to biomedical engineering problems.
    2. Understand current developments in biomedical engineering and demonstrate ability to analyze recently published peer-reviewed material.
  2. Be able to apply engineering principles to solve physiological and medical challenges.
    1. Apply knowledge of mathematics to biomedical engineering problems.
    2. Represent biological system via mathematical modeling and computer simulation.
    3. Model the circulation and neurons using electric circuit theory.
    4. Use control theory to analyze homeostasis, such as in the maintenance of blood pressure (and other important variables, such as glucose and salt concentrations, blood volume, muscle stretch).
  3. Be able to use their physiological knowledge and mathematical methods to design laboratory experiments and equipment, and obtain and analyze data.
  4. Within specific focus areas:
    1. Translational Tissue Engineering:
      Be able to list and understand the challenges of using living cells and tissue to repair/replace human cells.
    2. Imaging:
      Be able to analyze the data from various imaging techniques (MRI, ultrasound, X-ray) to develop two-dimensional and 3-D images.
    3. Instrumentation:
      Be able to convert a biological signal into an electrical signal. Students should be able to analyze an electrical signal and explain the corresponding biology (i.e. analyze an ECG to explain an underlying heart defect).


Master's Degree

Admission Requirements

  • You must meet the general admission requirements that pertain to all master's degree candidates.
  • Your prior education must include the following prerequisites: (1) mathematics, through ordinary differential equations; (2) calculus-based physics, including mechanics, heat and energy, electricity and magnetism, and elementary quantum concepts; (3) chemistry; and (4) molecular biology.
  • If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed above, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. Missing prerequisites may be completed with Johns Hopkins Engineering (all prerequisites beyond calculus are available) or at another regionally accredited institution.
  • When reviewing an application, your academic and professional background will be considered.
  • If you are an international student, you may have additional admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Ten courses must be completed within five years.
  • Students are required to choose a focus area to follow (focus area options include Imaging, Instrumentation, or Translational Tissue Engineering).
  • Students must complete Biomedical Engineering Practice and Innovation, a unique course that combines online preparation with six days (i.e., two weekends) of intensive lab, design, and clinical work at the Johns Hopkins University campus and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
  • The curriculum consists of five core courses (Biomedical Engineering Practice and Innovation, three additional courses, and one from the focus area), at least one additional course from the focus area, and four electives (at least four of the ten courses must be at the 700-level or higher). One elective may be substituted for a required course if the student has previously completed an equivalent graduate-level course, or can demonstrate competency.
  • Electives may be from the Applied Biomedical Engineering ( program, or from the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( in the full-time program and the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Advanced Academic Programs (
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.

Post-Master's Certificate

Admission Requirements

Certificate Requirements

  • Six courses must be completed within three years.
  • At least five of the six courses must be from the Applied Biomedical Engineering ( program, and at least two of the courses must be at the 700-level.
  • Students are allowed to take one elective course. Courses from the full-time program and/or medical school ( may be substituted.
  • Only grades of B− and above may count toward the post-master's certificate.
  • Focus areas are not available for students pursing certificates.
  • All course selections are subject to advisor approval.


Please refer to the course schedule published each term for exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors.


If your prior education does not include the prerequisites listed under Admission Requirements, you may still be admitted under provisional status, followed by full admission once you have completed the missing prerequisites. All prerequisite courses beyond calculus are available at Johns Hopkins Engineering. These courses do not count toward the degree or certificate requirements.


The focus areas offered represent related groups of courses that are relevant for students with interests in the selected areas. Students are required to choose a focus area to follow. The focus areas are presented as an aid to students in planning their course schedules and are only applicable to students seeking a master's degree. They do not appear as official designations on a student's transcript or diploma.


The following electives are offered during the day through the full-time Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Homewood campus or at the School of Medicine.

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