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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Wireless Health Technology)

Program Description: 

Collaboration between physicians and engineers will usher in a new era of healthcare in which caregivers will rely on cost-effective wireless solutions to help patients and communities stay healthy. By capitalizing on the ever-expanding capacities of wireless networks and the increasing precision of sensors, engineers will be able to develop novel healthcare solutions.

From wearable sensors to ingestible pills that continuously transmit personal health data, technological breakthroughs will enable healthcare providers to monitor medication dosages and responses, as well as a patient’s caloric intake, activity, and sleep. Gaining such data remotely will allow clinicians to manage healthcare interventions without a patient visiting a hospital or clinic, which will lower the costs associated with healthcare and allow for nearly instantaneous treatment responses based on the vital patient data gathered.

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering - Wireless Health Technology (MSEE-WHT) is a new program offered by the University of Southern California that will transform approaches to treatment, diagnosis, and patient monitoring in the world of health-care. A partnership between the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering, this program provides students with the knowledge necessary to become innovators in applying wireless technology to meet the most pressing needs of today’s healthcare industry.

Technical expertise is acquired through rigorous electrical engineering course work in this two-year program. Additionally, students gain the critical advantage of a background in medical systems and care so that they better understand the needs and functions of healthcare providers, and the human body in relation to disease. Through a series of three medical courses that examine anatomy, physiology, and pathology, students learn the foundations of basic sciences, along with medical terminology and the progression of presenting symptoms of common chronic diseases. With required use of computer simulation techniques, anatomical modeling, and microscopes, MSEE-WHT students will be able to communicate from an informed perspective with the physicians and scientists who will benefit from their technical skill.

MSEE-WHT students also surpass mere theoretical applications of their learning by completing a 2-semester experiential learning course that exposes them to real-world environments in which innovative new technology is needed most. With guidance and instruction from experts of two disparate disciplines, MSEE-WHT graduates are equipped to revolutionize new ways to collect and transmit health data and to develop safe, reliable and cost-effective wireless health devices.

Application Info: 

Application Criteria

An undergraduate degree in engineering, math or hard science from a regionally-accredited university.
Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.

Application Materials for All Applicants

Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 Applicants: USC Online Application will be available July 1, 2016. Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores less than five years old. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.
Letters of Recommendation (2 Required): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. 
Statement of Purpose (Optional): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Additional Application Materials for International Applicants

English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission.  There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission - Proficiency in English.
Program Details: 

Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.

  • A minimum of 30-31 units (depending on the course choice) is required for the M.S. in Electrical Engineering - Wireless Health Technology degree
  • This program has required courses from both the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine, including an experiential learning internship course or directed research
  • Required Courses: EE 450, 579, MEDS 530a, 530b, 530c, and 597a
  • Other courses are electives from a suggested list of courses.
View a recently recorded webinar hosted by Professor Giuseppe Caire discussing the M.S. in Wireless Health Technologies.
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