Biomedical Communications

Biomedical Communications

About the Program

Our program in Biomedical Communications explores the visualization of bioscience knowledge for diverse audiences. The minor in Biomedical Communications is for students interested in interdisciplinary studies in health, science and visual communication.


Honours Bachelor of Science

Program Options


After completing your first year, you'll be asked to confirm what program(s) you wish to study – your Programs of Study. They can be integrated in unique ways to obtain your U of T degree, but must be one of the following three combinations: one Specialist; or two Majors; or one Major and two Minors. You don't need to worry about that now, but if you'd like to learn more about this process, watch our handy video (7 min).

Admission Requirements

You apply to an admission category, which is a collection of similar programs. Once you've accepted an offer of admission to our campus, we go into greater detail about specific program and course selection options.

At the end of your first year, you will choose your program(s), which means that your first year is an excellent opportunity to explore the full breadth of offerings.

Regardless of what you study, remember that you will receive a prestigious University of Toronto degree when you graduate that tells everyone that you are ranked among the best in the world!

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Program Course Prerequisites
English, Biology
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Approximate Competitive Average
Low to Mid 80s

The admission average is calculated with English (ENG4U) plus the next best five Grade 12 U or M courses. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission to the University. Admission is subject to space availability and competition.

The content in this section is based on requirements in the Ontario curriculum.

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Please visit the Admissions section of our site for full requirements.

Discover Your Potential

Spearkick Trading Card

Move over Pokémon – BMC SciCards are here. Inspired by the Pokémon collectible trading cards of their childhood, biomedical communications graduate students Shehryar (Shay) Saharan and Michie (Xingyu) Wu developed the BMC SciCard Collaborative project.

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Now based at U of T’s Mississauga campus, the MScBMC program provides highly specialized training to graduate students to create illustrations and visualizations to promote  understanding, communication and advancement of science and medicine.

Test Tubes

The third floor of U of T Mississauga’s Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex is a study in contradictions. At one end, an archive holds 70-year-old illustrations made from carbon dust brushed into clay-covered cards. Carefully observed, clinically precise and often imbued with a gruesome beauty, these illustrations were used to teach medical professionals about a wide assortment of physiological conditions and pathologies.

Student Experience

Courses You Would Love


This course presents the principles of communicating effective audience-specific health information in both print and electronic media.


This course covers analysis and development of visual media for medical or scientific topics.


This course examines the technical, anatomical, and sociological considerations involved in the three-dimensional digital forensic facial reconstruction.

Planning Ahead

Whether you want to land your dream job, conduct groundbreaking research, or start your own business, we can get you there. Here are resources to help you explore your career options.

Career Options

Created by our Career Centre, the Careers by Major database identifies some potential career fields, how to gain related skills and experience, and useful resources and job samples. But always remember, your program of study doesn't have to determine your career!

Program Plans

Program Plans are quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience.

Tip Sheets

The Career Centre offers dozens of tip sheets with helpful information about topics related to searching for work, planning your career, and pursuing further education.

View to the U: An eye on UTM research

View to the U is a podcast that features U of T Mississauga faculty members from a range of disciplines who will illuminate some of the inner-workings of the science labs and enlighten the social sciences and humanities hubs at UTM.

Andrea Gauthier, Shelley Wall and Jodie Jenkinson

Comics, gaming, visualizations, healthcare, learning, and communication integrated via visual media in science and medicine. On this edition of VIEW to the U we will explore all of these concepts with another trip down the hall to the Biomedical Communications department here at U of T Mississauga.

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