Online Education for Working Professionals
Learn biomedical optics, medical imaging, and computer vision for microscopic images.

Medical Imaging—Graduate Certificate

Medical Imaging

Improve medical diagnostics and therapeutics through biomedical imaging.

Study principles and applications of medical imaging systems and medical image processing techniques. Understand the propagation of radiation in the human body. Gain an appreciation of the design, development, and application of imaging devices for biomedicine. Completion of the requirements for this certification indicates specialization in medical imaging. The average salary for medical imaging jobs varies by position, such as $85,000 per year for a diagnostic imager.

3 + 1 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Biomedical Engineering
Admissions requirement BS in an engineering discipline.
Contact Sean J. Kirkpatrick
Length 3 + 1 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits, 1 credit
Total credits 9 + 1
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Take 10 credits of required courses.

BE 5250 - Biomedical Optics

Light plays a significant role in modern clinical diagnostics and in the clinical treatment of disease. Examples include non-invasive surgery, optical biopsy, and cancer therapy. This course will focus on the study of how light propagates through biological tissue.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5410 - Medical Imaging

This course covers the physical nature of the interactions between the waves and matter, especially the biological tissues, principle imaging modalities used in modern medicine and the common techniques used for processing of the resulting images.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5870 - Computer Vision for Microscopic Images

This course teaches how to quantify data out of images, typically from optical microscopes. It covers thresholding, image derivatives, edge-detection, watershed, multi-scale and steerable filters, 3D image processing, feature extraction, PCA, classification, convolutional neural networks, particle tracking, and diffusion analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5900 - Biomedical Engineering Masters Topics

Biomedical engineering courses will be offered as professional electives dependent upon the interest of the faculty.

  • Credits: variable to 6.0; May be repeated
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
BE 5870
BE 5900
BE 5410
BE 5250

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the fundamental imaging requirements in biomedical applications.
  2. Apply engineering and physics principles to specific biomedical imaging problems.
  3. Apply knowledge of imaging device development and theory of operation to designing medical imaging tools

Michigan Tech was founded in 1885.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and widely respected by fast-paced industries, including automotive development, infrastructure, manufacturing, and aerospace. Michigan Tech graduates deliver on rapid innovation and front-line research, leaning into any challenge with confidence.

The College of Engineering fosters excellence in education and research.

We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Sang Yoon Han

Sang Yoon Han

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Han teaches cell biomechanics and mechanical transduction, numerical methods in biomedical engineering, and fluid mechanics.

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Jingfeng Jiang

Jingfeng Jiang

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Jian teaches on topics of biomechanics, finite element modeling, medical imaging, and biomedical design.

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Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick

Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Kirkpatrick specializes in medical imaging, biomedical signals and systems, biomedical design fundamentals, and biomedical engineering.

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Orhan Soykan

Orhan Soykan

Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Soykan teaches on topics of biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging, medical devices, and numerical techniques in biomedical engineering.

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