Biomedical Engineering at the Health Campus

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Biomedical Engineering: A bench-to-bedside experience 

at the UC Davis Health Campus

This experience offers biomedical engineering (BME) majors an opportunity to engage in an authentic clinical needs-finding experience. Students will receive in-depth instruction in the industry-relevant tools and methods used in the product design and development process.   They will learn physiology in the context of clinical arenas that deploy biomedical technology, such as surgical suites, departmental clinics, and intensive care units. Additional emphasis will be placed on  enhanced exposure to critical topics including clinical workflow, FDA and device regulation, standards, and entrepreneurial mindset in the clinical setting.  



  • Jennifer Choi, Associate Professor of Teaching, Biomedical Engineering 
  • Steven George, Department Chair and Professor, Biomedical Engineering 
  • Scott Simon, Professor, Biomedical Engineering 
  • Aijun Wang, Associate Professor, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering 


  • BIM 192: Clinical Needs in Healthcare Settings - 5 units 
  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of needs finding in the engineering design process through identification of strategic focus areas, observations in the needs exploration process, and analysis and development of relevant needs statements.  Students will be applying these strategies through a practicum experience in which they will undergo clinical immersion through observations in Surgery and other clinical departments at the UC Davis Medical Center.   
  • Regulatory Policy in Biotechnology - 3 units
  • This course will cover essential knowledge in regulatory policy that impacts the successful development of biotechnology in FDA policies and procedures and fundamentals of intellectual property management.  Local expertise in policy and law present in the Sacramento area will also be leveraged. 
  • Quantitative Physiology - 5 units
  • This course will leverage expertise in the Department of Surgery, Cardiovascular Sciences, and other clinical departments, and use an integrative approach to  study organ systems, biochemistry and  bioengineering with a focus on case studies and hospital workflow and technology.  


As part of the Clinical Needs in Healthcare Settings course, students will complete a 3-unit practicum (BIM 192).  This course involves students engaging in a clinical immersion experience, in which they will have the opportunity to observe and interact with practitioners in an authentic clinical context.  This might involve observing surgery, physicians examining patients, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory analysis of tissue samples for diagnosing disease. Effective observation strategies, communication skills, and ethics in observations will be emphasized.