New Digital Health Technologies field launches at UTM

Sarah Jane Silva

U of T’s Master of Biotechnology Program (MBiotech) has approved a graduate field of specialism in Digital Health Technologies (DHT).

“We are creating a new breed of professional who is equipped with the ability to code and apply data science in the context of emerging opportunities in digital health technology,” said Dr. Jayson Parker, Associate Professor of Digital Health at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

“Part of the toolkit for our students will be the ability to apply advanced tools in artificial intelligence to problems in biology and in health-related industries.”

This diverse digital health field includes mobile medical apps, health information technology, general wellness, electronic medical records, software and cybersecurity, health information technology, wearable technology, and more.

The focus of the graduate field in DHT is data science, including advanced training in machine learning tools.

“This new field will run in parallel with the long-running MBiotech Program at UTM, which will continue to concentrate on biotherapeutics,” said Dr. Leigh Revers, Director of the Master of Biotechnology Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

“Both streams of students will earn the same degree.”

The two-year professional master’s degree in DHT involves 8 to 12 months of industry placement in paid internships where students will learn about basic business, health, regulation and data science.

“The addition of the DHT stream will allow what is a very successful graduate program to expand its frontiers,” said Dr. Revers.

Students in the first cohort of the DHT field begin classes in May 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/mbiotech/digital-health-technologies-dht.

About the Master of Biotechnology Program
The Master of Biotechnology Program at the University of Toronto (MBiotech) is a 24-month, course-based professional degree incorporating both science and business courses with 8 to 12 months of work experience in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical sectors. For more information, visit www.utm.utoronto.ca/mbiotech/.

About the Institute for Management & Innovation
The Institute for Management & Innovation is a hub for exploring new ways to foster research and scholarship in the areas of management and innovation and to connect these with a range of disciplines. The goal is to understand the complex, challenging world and to create solutions to better our lives, communities, and businesses through research and teaching. The Institute thrives on a vibrant scholarly community and collaborates with the City of Mississauga and industries in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information about the Institute and its graduate and undergraduate programs, visit: www.utm.utoronto.ca/imi/.