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Graduate Minor in Pediatric Engineering

Pediatric Engineering at Drexel

The Minor in Pediatric Engineering aims to train graduate students in related science, mathematics, technology, health, and engineering fields: 1) to develop a fundamental understanding of childhood injury and disease, healthcare, and treatment, and 2) to apply scientific and engineering concepts, methods, and approaches to address healthcare challenges with direct relevance to pediatric patients.

Pediatric patients suffer from injuries and diseases that are congenital due to genetic factors and that are acquired due to exposure to environmental or biological factors, such as trauma, bacteria or viruses. Infants and children have unique physiology that dramatically changes during growth and development, and the substantial heterogeneity of complex pediatric illnesses and rare childhood diseases is distinct from adult diseases.

Program Features

The Minor is divided among courses in biomedical engineering, entrepreneurship, clinical treatment, healthcare, psychology, biomedical ethics, and statistics. Key characteristics are:

  • Designed for graduate students in science, mathematics, technology, health, and engineering programs
  • Requires courses in pediatric engineering and entrepreneurship and 2 elective courses (15-17.5 credits).
  • Can be completed in four quarters.


  • Drexel graduate students in STEM or Health Science related disciplines are eligible to enroll.
  • Requires that students have a minimum mathematical skill level equivalent to Calculus I.

Required Coursework

Select course topics include pediatric trauma or injury, congenital or acquired cardiovascular diseases, cancer, cerebral palsy, infectious diseases, autism, musculoskeletal diseases, neurological illness and defects, anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, and medical devices for pediatric usage.

The list of required courses and course-specific information is available in the course catalog.

Required Courses 9.0 Credits
BMES 509 Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science
BMES 528 Pediatric Engineering I
BMES 529 Pediatric Engineering II
Elective Courses - Complete 2 of the following courses 6.0 - 8.5 Credits
BMES 508 Cardiovascular Engineering
BMES 510 Biomedical Statistics
BMES 515 Experimental Design in Biomedical Research
BMES 517 Intermediate Biostatistics
BMES 538 Biomedical Ethics and Law
BMES 571 Biological Evolution: Applications to Human Health and Performance
BMES 588 Medical Device Development
BMES 609 Emerging Technologies in the Healthcare System
BMES 641 Biomedical Mechanics I
BMES 642 Biomedical Mechanics II
BMES 710 Neural Signals
BMES T580 Special Topics in BMES (Brain Computer Interfaces)
PTRS 664 Pediatric Physical Therapy *
RHAB I899 Independent Study (Pediatric Rehabilitation)
Total Credits 15 - 17.5

* CNHP students only