Biomedical Diagnostics, MS

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The MS degree in biomedical diagnostics is a one-year program focusing on the technology, science, business and application of diagnostics. This online degree program is offered by the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics at ASU. The program was developed in partnership with Dublin City University and industry partners, and state-of-the-art online technology is used to offer courses from both institutions. The culminating experience for this degree will include industry and academic partnerships. The program is designed to give a broad perspective of the field with a focus on applied research and best practices in four central areas related to the diagnostics field: technology, science, business and application of diagnostics. This will enable graduates to think critically and globally on all major aspects of biomedical diagnostics.

Degree Offered

Biomedical Diagnostics, MS
Health Solutions, College of

Location
Online

Plan of Study

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Program Information

Biomedical Diagnostics (MS) Course Listing

BMD 501 (3) Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
Provides an overview of the field of biomedical informatics, combining perspectives from medicine, computer science and cognitive/social science for use of computers and information in health care and biomedical sciences, covering specific applications and general methods, current issues, capabilities and limitations of biomedical informatics.

BMD 510 (3) Current Perspectives in Biomedical Diagnostics
Provides an overview of the Biomedical Diagnostics Industry covering research, policy and legal aspects of the field.  Visiting speakers from ASU,  DCU,  biomedical  diagnostics  companies,  and  regulatory  agencies  will  provide  an  overview  of  their  specialty  based  on  personal  experience  and  case  studies.  Plans  are  for  students  to  work  in  teams  to  research  and  develop  a  case  study  report  related  to  biomedical  diagnostics.

BMD 511 (3) Health Economics, Policy and Payment Models
Provides a thorough grounding in selected microeconomic concepts and models that are relevant for the economic aspects of health care but also have more general applications. The concepts and methods are applied to a selected set of topics that include the public provision of  health  insurance,  benefit-­‐cost  and  cost  effectiveness analysis, human  capital  models  of  investments in  health, incentives  and  the  legal  approach to medical malpractice and current approaches to methods of payment for health care services.

BMD 667 (3) Regulation of Medical Diagnostics
This course explores the regulatory environment for the development, marketing, access and interpretation of modern biomedical diagnostics. Students will explore the business environment of diagnostic firms, interactions with state and federal regulatory authorities, and how new types of diagnostics and business models challenge established approaches for safeguarding the validity and safety of new products and service.

BMD 598 (4) Principles of Diagnostic Technology 2: Immunology
The purpose of this module is to provide a detailed understanding of the theory and applications of advanced diagnostic assay systems and devices. In this module students will gain knowledge in immunoassay design and validation with particular attention to the manipulation of the  immune  system  for  disease  recognition.  This  module  assumes  no  former  knowledge  of  immunology,  but  some  knowledge  would  be  advantageous. 

BMD 502 (3) Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods I
Survey  the  methods  and  theories  underlying  the  field  of  biomedical  informatics.  The  course  explores  techniques  in  mathematics,  logic,  decision  science,  computer  science,  engineering,  cognitive  science,  management  science  and  epidemiology,  and  demonstrates  the application to healthcare and biomedicine.

BMD 598 (3) Biomedical Device Design
Medical Device Design is a hybrid class/lab where a mixture of lecture, hands on, demos, lab experiments are used to convey the breadth of medical  devices  in  the  medical  diagnostic  device industry.  Classification  of  devices and  function  are explained and  covered.  Students  will  learn, reverse engineer and build simple devices as well as learn about the FDA, market, business and design side of these products.

BMD 598 (3) Molecular Diagnostics
This is a survey course covering topics such as  multiple types of analytes including DNA, RNA and protein, a multitude of disease application areas, major molecular diagnostic platforms, development of molecular diagnostics tests, sample preparation, and future prospects for molecular diagnostics.

Culminating Experience/ Research Courses: (5 credit hours)

BMD 592 (2) Research
Biomedical  Diagnostics  Independent  study  (Applied  Project)  in  which  a  student,  under  the  supervision  of  a  faculty  member  or  industry  mentor, conducts research that is expected to lead to a specific project such as a thesis or dissertation, report, or publication. This course is focused  on  developing  a  project  charter  and  plan  to  serve  as  a  guide  towards  successfully  completing  the  Applied  Project  research  component in the following BMD 593 Applied Projects course.      

BMD 593 (3) Applied Project
Students will complete an experiential learning experience as part of their applied project on a topic of relevance to the diagnostics field and their career interests. Applied projects will demonstrate students’ ability to apply skills and knowledge learned in coursework, use research  methods appropriate to the field, and report and present results.       

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