University Certificate Computational Medical Engineering

Focus on Simulation in Medicine at University Witten/Herdecke

The principles of engineering can be found in the most diverse fields of medicine and medical technology application, for example, in oral and facial surgery, orthopaedics and cardiology. Interdisciplinary work is the key to new innovations in this field..

“Simulations based on patient-specific data form the decisive basis for optimal patient care. Products developed with the help of simulations are characterised by outstanding quality, which also increases efficiency, since side effects and complications are avoided.”
Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Lars Bonitz, scientific director of the certificate program

In this interdisciplinary career-integrated short study course, participants acquire medical and technical skills that serve as a basis for the successful use of simulation in medicine, medical technology or ergonomic applications.

The innovative concept was developed in cooperation with the Centre for Continuing Education and Training at the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Your Benefits

  • Better communication between medical doctors and engineers
  • Advanced knowledge of biomechanical modelling
  • Understanding and simplifying approval processes through simulation
  • Variant analyses with realistic material data and loads
  • University certificate with ECTS credit points

The University Certificate “Computational Medical Engineering” consists of module courses and self-study phases and provides 15 ECTS points in total.

Module 1: Medical Fundamentals for Engineers

As a basis for your simulations, you now

  • understand the structure of bones, muscles, and tendons in the human body.
  • are able to describe composition and function of major joints as a basis for simulation models.
  • can explain the function of heart and blood circulation.
  • communicate with customers from the medical branch confidently.

Module 2: Regulatory Affairs for Development of Medical Devices

For the effective use of simulation, you

  • know which technical documentations are required or must be submitted for approval.
  • can create a risk management file.
  • know the EU medicine regulations, especially in matters of simulation.
  • have an overview of the potential to use simulation in a CE or FDA approval.

Module 3: Biomechanical Simulation

As a basis for your simulations, you now

  • have an overview on the state-of-the-art and potential of simulation in medical applications.
  • understand how to build biomechanical models.
  • know from where to get material data for biomechanical simulations.
  • can determine load cases for the human body.
  • know the huge potential and typical applications of multi-parameter optimization.

Every module concludes with an exam.

Additional options:
If you are interested,  you may complete this university certificate through course offerings at other universities, including the module “Finite Element Method” or “Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer,” for example.

Format and Duration

  • 1 Semester career-integrated
  • 3 modules with 5 ECTS points each
  • 5-6 days presence per module
  • Knowledge transfer through project work
  • Continuous supervision by the course director
  • Interdisciplinary teaching by medical doctors and engineers
  • Restricted number of participants
  • Start of studies in winter semester

Possible Degrees:
University Certificate, Module Studies

Next start: November 2018

To discuss your needs and for more details, please contact Mrs Rosi Jahn at esocaet / CADFEM Germany:

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Overview – Certificate of Advanced Studies in Computational Medical Engineering:

Our Lecturers:
Univ. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arnold, Witten/Herdecke University
Department chair of biology and material foundations of dentistry
Expertise from the University of Alberta Edmonton, University of Pennsylvania, and Witten/Herdecke University

Prof. Dr. med. Lars Bonitz, Klinkum Dortmund gGmbH
Senior Physician | Expertise in use of simulation in the medical environment

Univ-Prof. Dr. Rolf Lefering, Universität Witten/Herdecke
Provisional director of the Institute for Research in Surgical Medicine

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Lehner, TÜV Süd – Product Service GmbH
Specialist for non-active medical devices

PD Dr. med. Ella A. Naumova, Universität Witten/Herdecke
Representation of the professorship for biological and material science basics of dentistry

Alexander Nolte, M.Eng., CADFEM GmbH
Expert for numerical simulation of biomechanical tasks

Dr. rer. med. Simon Sonntag, enmodes GmbH
COO of the innovative design and engineering service provider for medical technology companies

University & Campus: Witten/Herdecke
The first private university in Germany was created in 1983 in Witten.  Continuing Humboldt’s ideal of education, the university sees itself as an entrepreneurial university, as defined by the unity of research, teaching and practical testing. The ambition of the founders was  to provide a medical school inside and out: practice-oriented from the very beginning. The goal: doctors should have plenty of experience with their patients, and this should not be restricted to one specific type of case.  Today new doctors’ licensing regulations are based on the Witten model.

Located near Dortmund, the University of Witten/Herdecke is easily accessible by air/train via Dusseldorf or Frankfurt. Our team is pleased to provide advice for your travel and accommodation.





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