Oregon Health & Science University

School of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering


3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.

Portland, OR 97239

United States


1-503 494-8311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

At CSLU, we investigate the application of computer science and electrical engineering techniques to biological and medical problems. Living organisms are a source of signals. Such signals include neurological activity (as measured, for example by EEG), biochemical transmission of information (for example via mRNA in the construction of proteins), or linguistic communication, as with human speech and language. Such signals may be "normal," or they may be impaired — e.g., as is the case with the speech of a patient with mild to severe dysarthria. We seek to apply computational methods to the understanding of such signals.

Coursework requirements

By the time they graduate, Ph.D. students are expected to have a wide breadth of knowledge in their discipline. Students who do not have a Masters degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or a related field, need to complete the coursework requirements for our MS thesis program. For students with a Masters degree, they will need to take at least 3 courses as well as GEN669 Scholarships Skills. Courses will be decided in consultation with their advisory committee.

Coursework is just one part of a Ph.D. education. The other component is research work. Students are expected to start doing research starting in their first term, and can spread their required courses over their first three years.


Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Colleges and Universities

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Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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