- Improve Human Health: Integrating engineering, biology, chemistry, physics and medicine.

- Use engineering techniques: To better understand normal physiology and disease.

- Design devices: To treat and diagnose diseases.

The biomedical engineer is a health care professional. This group includes physicians, nurses, and technicians. Biomedical engineers may be called upon to: design instruments and devices, bring together knowledge from many sources, develop new procedures, do research/acquire knowledge needed to solve new problems

Areas of Biomedical Engineering

Most important areas are:

Biomedical imaging, Biosensors and instrumentation, Biomechanics, Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, Biosystems engineering and physiology, Molecular and cellular engineering

Research Concentration Areas

Pervasive Health Laboratory. Example: Improving respiratory Health Care

Biomedical Signal/Image Processing. Example: Breast cancer detection

Rehabilitation and Human Factors Engineering. Example: Gait analysis

Health Care Delivery in Low Resource Settings. Example: Point of care HIV Diagnostic Technology