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Revolutionizing human potential

PhD programs in bioengineering create impact

Robin Shandas, PhD
Robin Shandas, PhD

You’re able to jog five miles after thinking you could only manage a few laps following an injury. You’re able to read without glasses for the first time since you were 12 years old. How is this possible? Bioengineering—the intersection of engineering and modern medicine—is advancing the knowledge and applicability of techniques that impact human health and improve the quality of life on multiple levels. 

The Bioengineering Department, College of Engineering and Applied Science, at the University of Colorado Denver bridges the fields of engineering and medicine with a core mission of applying engineering principles and analyses to improving human health through training, research and service. It also bridges the academic excellence found at the University of Colorado Denver Campus and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The newly launched graduate degree programs allow students to choose from a master’s, dual master of science, or PhD; plans are underway for an undergraduate degree. The program maximizes student opportunities through a combination of integrated core courses and flexible training pathways. A design-based focus permeates all aspect of the training philosophy, while keeping in mind the final question: what does the user want and how can I best utilize my bioengineering training to achieve this need?

The program also takes students well beyond the classroom into internships and research opportunities. Internships are offered with local biomedical companies through the Device Design and Entrepreneurship track. Research opportunities are available through the Clinical Imaging track at clinical imaging laboratories in the University of Colorado system, including the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Cardiology (with  affiliated institution, The Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Echocardiography) and the Department of Radiology (University Hospital) .

Graduates emerge well prepared for today’s rapidly changing global world through an education this is both eminently flexible and inherently multi-disciplinary. Bioengineering has played a crucial role in the development of artificial hips and knees, pacemakers, ultrasound, MRI and other medical imaging techniques, blood analysis equipment and oxygenators, kidney dialysis machines, cardiac imaging, cell and tissue development, and laser systems used during corrective eye surgeries.

Throughout the next decade, experts predict that bioengineering positions will increase at nearly double the average rate as compared to other types of jobs (Source: WorldWideLearn). Contributing to this is the need to improve the health and quality of life for the country’s large demographic group of “boomers” and senior citizens. Another factor in the increased demand for more refined medical devices is an industrial concern for cost efficiency and effectiveness.

In the next 25 years, the development of more sophisticated biomedical devices is predicted to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to Alzheimer's disease, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and MIT News (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

“The new Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver spans engineering and physical sciences with world-class biomedical and clinical programs. In the same way that we’ve helped students enrolling from Colorado and from around the world, we look forward to helping the next class of students to achieve their highest educational and career goals.”

---Robin Shandas, PhD

The university currently offers seven doctoral degrees on its Denver campus and nineteen at the Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition, there are two umbrella admission tracks at the Anschutz Medical Campus. These programs are as rewarding as they are challenging for talented and determined students.

Learn more about doctorate programs at the university

Learn more about bioengineering at the university

University of Colorado Denver
Bioengineering Degree Program

  • Master of Science in Bioengineering
    Tracks: research, device design, entrepreneurship and more
  • Dual Master of Science in Bioengineering
    Highly motivated graduate students will also have opportunities to pursue unique cross-disciplinary training by combining Bioengineering with training in another discipline.
  • PhD in Bioengineering
    Tracks: imaging, biophotonics, biomechanics, hemodynamics, orthopedic biomechanics, assistive technology, biomaterials and more.
  • Plans are underway to launch an undergraduate degree (BS) program in Bioengineering.

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