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Coursework

A wide variety of courses is available to help prepare students to conduct research in biomechanics. These classes can be found in several different departments and colleges across campus. This list is not exhaustive, as new courses are always being created at Ohio State.

Courses in Anatomy

Anatomy 2220 (for undergrads)- Human Structures and Function for Engineers
Offers a block of lectures and laboratories that present the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology tailored to undergraduate bioengineering students.

Anatomy 6000 - Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Musculoskeletal anatomy of the human body through an in-depth dissection experience.

Anatomy 6220 - Human Anatomy with Dissection for Engineers
An overview of human anatomy is presented in a course especially designed for engineers. Lectures are complemented by dissection labs.

Anatomy 7500 - Radiologic Anatomy
An overview of basic imaging techniques like X-ray, CT, and MRI. The anatomy of individual body regions will be studied as each appears in images obtained using the different techniques. Imaging is very frequently used in biomechanics, and this class will help you identify key anatomic structures.

Anatomy 7892 - Advanced Topics in Injury Biomechanics
A discussion based seminar exploring new methods and research in injury biomechanics.

Courses in Biomedical Engineering

BIOMEDE 4410 - Biomechanics

BIOMEDE 4901/4902 - Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design I/II
Introduction to design principles; challenges of biomedical device design; projects focus on helping persons with disabilities

BIOMEDE 5421 - Tissue Mechanics
Mechanical characterization of biological tissues at the organ and system level; exploration of interactions with physiological and pathological conditions. Students have commented that the course is a nice complement to ME 6700.

Courses in Integrated Systems Engineering

ISE 5610 - Ergonomics in the Product Design Process
Provides students with an understanding of where and how ergonomic principles are incorporated into the design and evaluation of consumer products.

ISE 5620 - Risk Assessment Tools for Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders
Provides students with an understanding and working knowledge of tools used to assess risk of occupationally related musculoskeletal disorders.

ISE 7610 - Advanced Topics in Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Spine Biomechanics
Advanced readings course of papers on occupational epidemiology, physiology, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, pathophysiology, biomechanics, anthropometry, electromyography, imaging, and modeling as related to spine biomechanics.

ISE 7620 - Advanced Topics: Upper Extremity Biomechanics
Advanced seminar on contemporary topics in ergonomics including work-related musculoskeletal disorders, back biomechanics, upper extremity biomechanics,anthropometry and electromyography.

Courses in Mechanical Engineering

ME 4905 - Senior Capstone Design
This series allows students to design and prototype assistive devices for persons with disabilities. Collaboration with students and faculty from Biomedical Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

ME 6700 - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Fundamental anatomy and physiology. Mechanics of muscle, tendon, ligament, meniscus, and bone. Equations of motion for human movement. Introduction to experimental techniques in musculoskeletal biomechanics.

ME 7385 - Advanced Methods in the Dynamics and Control of Human and Animal Movement
Mathematical ideas from control theory, optimization, nonlinear dynamics, and numerical computation that will be used to understand human, animal, and movement behavior and design.

ME 7752 - Mechanics and Control of Robots
Principles of hardware and software design of industrial robots and related devices; includes use of actual industrial robot programming procedures.

ME 8702 - Neuromuscular Biomechanics
Mechanics and neural control of movement. State-of-the-art assessment of upper and lower extremity dynamics. Emphasis on rehabilitation and design of assistive devices for movement disorders. Modeling and simulation of human movement.

Courses in Physical Therapy

PHYSTHR 6250 Neural Basis of Movement
The neuroanatomical and physiological basis of sensorimotor function, providing a foundation in motor control and motor learning for the analysis of motor dysfunction.

PHYSTHR 7210 Biomechanics for Physical Therapy
Principles of biomechanics, normal and pathological movement involving the musculoskeletal system, in general, culminating in a focus on the shoulder region.

PHYSTHR 7250 Neural Basis of Rehabilitation
Advanced concepts in neuroscience and the control of movement.

PHYSTHR 7215 / 8210 Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management
Foundations, analysis and application of the concepts and principles of evaluation, examination, diagnosis, and treatment of problems of the musculoskeletal system and shoulder.

PHYSTHR 7410 / 8410 Musculoskeletal Skills Lab I/II
Laboratory application of skills for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

PHYSTHR 8610 Advanced Orthopedic PT
Critical analysis of the current literature and the application of advanced skills related to the orthopedic patient with an emphasis manual therapy techniques and evidence-based interventions.

PHYSTHR 8612 Advanced Sports PT
Introduction to Sports Physical Therapy concepts with emphasis on prevention, acute injury management, differential diagnosis, sports-specific rehabilitation and wellness.

Miscellaneous Courses

EEOB 2510 - Human Anatomy (for undergrads)
An introduction to human anatomy; dissection of a small mammal.

EEOB 2520 - Human Physiology (for undergrads)
A survey of the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function, and reproduction. The course is offered very early in the morning, but it is a terrific introduction to the body for undergraduates.