Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries across the world. In the West the accent is more on cure and care, in contrast to developing countries, where the accent is on prevention. But whether the emphasis is on cure or prevention, health care professionals rely on increasingly complex equipment in their work. The design of that equipment requires highly trained specialists with expertise in engineering, industrial design and medical sciences. The aim of the specialisation in Medisign is to train these specialists.
Designing for medical applications demands inventiveness as well as the ability to integrate thinking across functional interfaces and to translate complex capabilities into designs that serve the health care practitioner and the patient. Advances in the field result when designers combine creativity, engineering excellence, and vision. The Medisign specialisation trains dedicated and skilled engineers in human anatomy, physiology, medical technology, healthcare systems and some basic surgical techniques. It also offers a pathway for health specialists to move into the Medisign field.Participants in the programme are challenged to develop products that meet the needs of surgeons, doctors, therapists and patients and to solve problems in human-product interaction.
To specialise in Medisign you are required to complete at least one project worth 9 EC and a thesis project focusing on Medisign. Additionally, you need to select at least 9 EC from the Medisign electives list. Other projects and modules with a healthcare focus are optional. Students can enrol for this specialisation by sending an email to Ron de Vos.