Master of Science in Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics

Master of Science in Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics (MIII)

The 28-32 unit M.S. in Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics (MIII) is a unique degree that prepares you for a career in biomedical imaging, image processing and medical imaging informatics, including Picture Archiving & Communication Systems (PACS). The M.S. degree requires that at least 28 approved units must be satisfactorily completed, of which at least 21 units must be at the 500 level or above. 
This program has been designed for completion in one calendar year by students with solid engineering backgrounds and does not require a thesis. This degree will prepare you for a career in any of the following:
  • Medical imaging and health information industry;
  • Military healthcare system
  • General healthcare industry including hospital enterprise, HMO, and private enterprise. The MSBME program is also suitable for you if you intend to continue in graduate school or medical school.
  • Healthcare entrepreneur
  • Medical school

Topics covered include PACS application servers; digital-based tele-consultation with medical images; PACS-based CAD, informatics infrastructure of micro CT, MR, and PET; image-based neurosurgical Comm and Module; PACS simulator; image security in HIPAA environment; bone age assessment from a hand digital atlas; homeland defense strategies; medical simulation and modeling; data grid for image data disaster recovery; Cyberknife information system for brain tumor treatment; DICOM-based radiotherapy information system; and much more.


Program of Study

Select one of the following degree completion options:

Option 1: Coursework Only

Option 2: Coursework + Master's Thesis

Degree Course Requirements

Total Units: 28

1. Required 7 courses: 28 units

  • BME 501 | Advanced Topics in Biomedical Systems (4 units) 
  • BME 513 | Signal & Systems Analysis (4 units)
  • BME 525 | Advanced Biomedical Imaging (4 units)
  • BME 527 | Integration of Medical Imaging Systems (4 units) 
  • BME 528 | Medical Imaging Informatics (4 units)
  • BME 535 | Ultrasonic Imaging (4 units)
  • EE 569 | Introduction to Digital Image Processing (4 units)
  • Technical Elective Courses (if necessary)
All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.
There is no comprehensive exam requirement. 
BME Course Offerings 2020-2021

Fall 2020

  • BME 501 | Advanced Studies in Biomedical Systems
  • BME 502 | Advanced Studies of the Nervous System
  • BME 510 | Cellular Systems Engineering
  • BME 511 | Physiological Control Systems
  • BME 513 | Signal and Systems Analysis
  • BME 527 | Integration of Medical Imaginging Systems
  • BME 540 | Biofluid Mechanics: Transport and Circulatory Systems
  • BME 599 | Special Topics - Biosensors and Diagnostic Devices for Healthcare Applications 

Spring 2021

  • BME 501 | Advanced Studies in Biomedical Systems
  • BME 506 | Bioengineering of Disease and Cell Therapeutics
  • BME 513 | Signal and Systems Analysis
  • BME 514 | Physiological Signals and Data Analytics
  • BME 525 | Advanced Biomedical Imaging
  • BME 528 | Medical Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Informatics Application
  • BME 530 | Introduction to Systems Biology
  • BME 551 | Introduction to Bio-MEMS and Nanotechnology
  • BME 552 | Neural Implant Engineering
  • BME 650 | Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation

Approved Technical Electives