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Health & Bioscience

Us Partner Institution Texas A & M University
Faculty US and German Faculty
On-Site Coordinator Mats Liedhegener
Level Undergraduates
Sequence Spring semester


Did you know that the world’s smallest artificial heart was developed 62 miles away from Bonn? This semester program provides students with the opportunity to explore and study biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering in the innovative environment of Germany’s hot spot region for medical research and development. The program is particularly well-suited for students planning careers in human or veterinary medicine as well as in allied health, bioengineering and biotechnology.

What contributes to the program’s uniqueness is the interdisciplinary medical device design project in which all students engage in a real-life design project and cooperate with a med-tech company based in Aachen, Germany. Classroom lectures are complemented by field trips to selected health industry partners and relevant sites to help students understand and increase their interest for how their field of studies is being carried out on an international level, in Germany and the European Union.


All courses are delivered in collaboration with the “Institute for Education and Social Innovation (IBUGI)” at Alanus University https://www.ibugi.de/en/lehre/


VTPP 401/BMEN 400: History of Human and veterinary medicine in Europe 

This course is designed to teach students about major accomplishments in the area of medicine that have occurred in Europe between antiquity and the present. Along with a descriptive survey of some of the key events and figures in the development of human and veterinary medical practices in Europe during this period, this course will also explore the historical backgrounds of several issues of modern-day biomedical concern including animal rights, the ethics of human experimentation and the application of biomedical research for military purposes. On completion of this course, students should have the ability to place these critical present-day issues into an historical context allowing them to consider them in a more sophisticated and novel way. .

VTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology I

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic physiological significance of cells, organs and organ systems in maintaining homeostasis of the mammalian organism. Emphasis will be put on the physiological processes of the central nervous system, the muscular system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory as well as the renal systems. The academic outline of the course is directly linked to a medical device design project that is realized in cooperation with a German medical device company. 

VTPP 420: Applied Pharmacology 

This course is an introduction to modern themes about therapeutic drugs in animals and people including drug discovery and development, clinical use of drugs, and drug regulation. Additionally, this course will look at the basic mechanisms of how drugs enter, manipulate and leave the body and by doing so both the physiological as well as the psychological effects of medication will be discussed.

VTPP 485: Directed Studies

The student will receive credit for completing a directed study on a specific aspect of the current European veterinary or human medical environment. Specific topics could include (but are not limited to): (a) the euthanasia debate within the EU and the United States focusing on the historical antecedents for the varying legal and ethical positions taken by different governments; (b) the developing health care crisis in Europe resulting from the current global economic downturn; (c) comparative aspects of human stem cell research issues within the EU and between EU countries and the United States; (d) the history of research involving human subjects particularly the role played in the development of current concepts of informed concept after the formulation of the Nuremberg Code; (e) the debate in Europe over GM (genetically modified) crops and animals; (f) recent changes in German (and other EU) animal rights legislation and the effects of these changes on farm animal production methods.

VTPP 435: Physiology for Bioengineers II

This course is designed to provide students with a detailed grounding in cellular and organ system anatomy and physiology. The semester will cover the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal systems as well as critical aspects of temperature regulation and metabolic physiology. Emphasis will be placed on engineering/functional design considerations in understanding biological function.

BMEN 211: Signals and Systems for Bioengineers

This course covers methods of quantitative analysis of biomedical and physiological signals. By using electrical circuits as analog representations of physiological systems as model systems the functions of physiological systems will be analyzed and discussed. Describing signals mathematically as well as mathematical operations on signals are one major emphasis but also the introduction of the most commonly used signals (e.g. unit step, ramp, impulse, sinusoidal, and complex) is of great importance in this course. Furthermore, classifying signals (continuous vs. discrete time, periodic vs. aperiodic, energy vs power signal, even vs odd), describing signals by using linear constant coefficient differential equations or using their impulse response, identifying various system properties such as linearity, time invariance, presence or absence of memory, causality, bound-input bounded-output stability and inevitability are all foci of attention during this course.

BMEN 253: Medical Device Design I

This course presents current FDA as well as European regulations for the design and development of medical equipment. Working as a team and following a systematic process of planning for the design of a medical device and with that finding solutions to medical problems will be one center of attention. Additionally, the course will help establish and follow official guidelines for businesses in preparing a plan for medical device development.

Elementary German

This course is aimed at students without any pre-knowledge of the German language. The goal is to give students the ability to speak, understand, read and write German on a basic level. Especially every-day conversational skills that students will need outside of the classroom are highly emphasized. Additionally, the academic contents of the course will cover aspects of German history and culture and by doing so will directly link the learning of the language with a better understanding of it surrounding historical factors.

MATH 308: Differential Equations (Online Course)

This course covers the basics of the field of Differential Equations. Differential Equations finds its application not only in mathematics but also in the areas of natural sciences and engineering. Thus, the learned skills are an important framework for solving mathematical equations and translating them for the use on natural phenomena. The course is accompanied by a tutorium.

BIMS 320: Biomedical Genetics (Online Course)

This course is an introductory study of modern genetics intended for students interested in health and biomedicine related careers or pursuing graduate education within these fields. The academic course work will cover classical genetics and mammalian genomics by looking at the basic structure and functions of genes as well as chromosomal aberrations and genetic diseases.






Due to the Coronovirus Pandemic, AIB is implementing a special program of course-related, academic workshops, study retreats, study tours and interactions with professionals from the field of biomedical sciences that are in line with existing Corona Protection Ordinances. For more information, please contact Mats Liedhegner at liedhegener@aib-studyabroad.org

Design project:

We cooperate closely with a young med-tech company to task our students with the development of medical devices. Throughout the semester, students work in interdisciplinary teams comprised of engineers and biologists or professionals in related fields with the supervision of their professors as well as the engineers from the given company. The outcome is presented to the given company at the end of the semester.

Community Service:

Students participate in the International Big Event, a spin-off of the TAMU Big Event, the largest one-day student-run service project in the USA. Students team up with the community and provide their support for various projects in Bonn.


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