Biomedical Engineering Innovation (Online)



  • Biomedical Engineering Innovation is a fully online course that introduces biomedical engineering to high school students by (1) modeling biological systems and designing experiments to test those models and (2) introducing engineering principles to solve design problems that are biological, physiological, and/or medical. Students will model human efficiency and the cardiovascular system. Students are expected to use the informational content being taught in math, physics and biology and to apply this knowledge to the solution of practical problems encountered in biomedical engineering.

    You will learn about Biomedical Engineering from experts in the field through lectures, assignments, and hands-on design projects.

    While the course is largely asynchronous, it is not self-paced. Below are links to the course schedules for Summer 2021.

    Links to course syllabi are below.

    Course Learning Objectives:

    • Introduction to modeling physiological systems, specifically the circulatory system and human efficiency
    • Introduction to the design process through a transport design project
    • Demonstration or presentation (written or oral) of projects
    • Development of an independent project including proposing a hypothesis, designing an experiment, obtaining and analyzing data, and preparing an online poster
    • Completion of an Arduino computer programming activity

    Course Details

    Biomedical Engineering Innovation will consist of the following basic student requirements:

    1. Module Quizzes
    2. Module Assignments
      • Introduction to physiology
      • Developing a free body diagram
      • Review of trigonometry
      • Review of Newton’s laws and equations of motion
      • Review of electrical circuits
      • Introduction to computer programming
    3. Lab Reports
      • Exercise & efficiency model
      • Transport design (detailed sketches and equations, video presentation)
      • Circulatory model (circuit and fluid flow analyses)
    4. Final Project – model, experimental data and analysis, online presentation, and poster
    5. Reflections
    6. Participation (Discussions, peer reviews, and office hour attendance)

    How is this course different from others?

    • Biomedical engineering course offered by a top university in the field
    • Based on a course taken by undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University
    • Includes hands-on projects (Transport Design Project shown in the video below)
    • Students have the opportunity to earn three Johns Hopkins University credits
    • Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete the course

    Many of our past students are applying to colleges and universities across the country!

    When completing these applications, you may need to know the JHU Course Number for Explore Engineering Innovation.

    BMEI Course Number:  EN.500.130

    Course Title on Transcript:  Biomedical Engineering Innovation

  • Please visit the Eligibility Requirements page for more information.

  • BMEI is mostly an asynchronous course where students work independently on their projects and assignments. However, there is “live” support in the form of a robust communication platform which allows students to post questions, receive answers, and chat with their classmates and the instructional staff. In addition, the instructional staff will schedule regular live Office Hour meetings to answer student questions, troubleshoot labs, clarify the course content, etc.

    The course materials are divided into modules which can be accessed online via a Learning Management Systems (LMS). A module will have several sections, including an overview, video lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, and assignments/labs. Each module will also include several live office hour sessions each week.

    • All lectures are pre-recorded, so you can watch them at any time. The expectation is that you watch a specific video on the first day of the associated module, but you are able to watch it again for clarification.  Please note that there are deadlines for assignments throughout the course.
    • Regular, real-time office hours will be held, at least twice a week, using MS Teams. These office hours are optional and will be recorded and shared so students may access them at any time. Students may request to meet with their instructor or TA outside of the posted office hours at a time that is convenient for both.
    • Students will also use MS Teams to interact with and ask questions of their peers. They may also post questions in MS Teams for the course Instructor and TAs. Instructors and TAs will respond to questions from students within 24 hours, often within minutes.

    All additional course materials will be provided to the student as part of the course. A lab kit of materials needed for the various labs in the course will be mailed out to students early in the course.


    Students will need a computer that meets our technical requirements in order to participate in this course. Additionally, the computer should have:

    • access to a spreadsheet application which will allow them to analyze data,
    • access to a word processing program that can be used to write their course lab reports,
    • access to a presentation program so they can create a presentation for their final project,
    • the ability to videotape the course projects and upload the footage to the course LMS site or MS Teams,
    • the ability to install Arduino software on the computer,
    • a USB port to communicate with the Arduino, and
    • reliable internet access.
  • Who developed this course?

    Biomedical Engineering Innovation was developed by Dr. Eileen Haase and Dr. Brock Wester.

    Eileen Haase, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Biomedical Engineering Program at the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program.
    Brock Wester, PhD, Project Manager and Section Supervisor for the Applied Neuroscience area in the Intelligent Systems Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Research and Exploratory Development Department and Vice Chair of the Applied Biomedical Engineering Program at the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals Program.

    What is the workload?

    This is a 3-credit college-level course, so it requires a serious time commitment. It is expected that each module will take approximately 7–10 hours per week in the spring and fall sessions and 14-20 hours per week in the summer sessions. Here is an approximate breakdown:

    • Listening to audio annotated slide presentations and completing the quizzes:
      • 2-3 hours/week in spring and fall sessions
      • 4-6 hours/week in the summer sessions
    • Completing pre-lab homework assignments and additional outside readings:
      • 2-3 hours/week in spring and fall sessions
      • 4-6 hours/week in the summer sessions
    • Preparing a lab report or presentation with results of the lab, and completing post-lab reflections:
      • 3-4 hours/week in spring and fall sessions
      • 6-8 hours/week in the summer sessions
  • Please see the Cost – BMEI page for tuition and fees for the course.


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