Medical Science

Medical Science: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Biomedical Communications

MScBMC

  • Fields:
    • Biomedical Media Design;
    • Biomedical Visualization Design

Medical Science

MSc and PhD

  • Fields:
    • Bioethics;
    • Biomedical Science;
    • Clinical Science;
    • Health Professions Education;
    • Population Health/Health Services;
    • Radiation Oncology

Combined Degree Programs

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Diploma Programs

Graduate Diploma in Health Research

GDipHR

Overview

With over 600 faculty and 550 students, the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) was established to foster education and scholarship in the Clinical Departments of the Faculty of Medicine. IMS specializes in translational research with a strong emphasis on bench-to-bedside clinical applications. Degree candidates have the opportunity to conduct research in one of four training areas: bio-medical science; clinical science; health systems and services; and population health. Graduates have been appointed to positions as academics and health-care professionals in universities, government, and industry.

Contact and Address

Biomedical Communications Program

Web: bmc.med.utoronto.ca
Email: bmc.info@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (905) 569-4849

Biomedical Communications
University of Toronto Mississauga
HSC 308, 3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6
Canada

Medical Science Program

Web: ims.utoronto.ca
Email: dir.medscience@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-8286
Fax: (416) 971-2253

Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building
Room 2374, 1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
Canada

Graduate Diploma in Health Research

Web: md.utoronto.ca/graduate-diploma-health-research-0
Email: gdip.hres@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-7866

Graduate Diploma in Health Research
University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building
Room 2256, 1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
Canada

Medical Science: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Advani, Andrew - MBChB, PhD
Agur, Anne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Al-Omran, Mohammed - MSc, MBBS
Alibhai, Shabbir - MD
Allard, Johane - MD
Alman, Benjamin - BSc, MD
Anagnostou, Evdokia - MD
Bagli, Darius - BS, MD
Baker, Andrew - MD, MD
Bapat, Bharati - BSc, MSc, PhD
Barr, Cathy - BSc, PhD
Bassett, Anne - BSc, MD
Batt, Jane - MD, PhD
Baxter, Nancy - DrMed, PhD
Billia, Filio - BSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Black, Sandra - BSc, MD
Boggild, Andrea - BSc, MSc, MD
Boileau, Isabelle - PhD
Booth, Gillian - MD
Boulianne, Gabrielle - BSc, PhD
Brochard, Laurent - MD
Brooks, Dina - BSc(PT), MSc, PhD
Brown, Theodore - BSc, PhD
Brumell, John - BSc, PhD
Caniggia, Isabella - MD, PhD
Cattral, Mark - MSc, BScMed, MD
Cattran, Daniel - MD
Chandran, Vinod - MBBS, PhD
Chen, Robert - MB
Chertkow, Howard - MD
Cheyne, Douglas - BSc, MA, PhD
Connelly, Kim - MBBS, PhD
Croitoru, Ken - MDCM
Cypel, Marcelo - DrMed
Das, Sunit - DrMed
Daskalakis, Jeff - MD
Davis, Karen - BSc, MSc, PhD
Dawson, Laura - MD
de Veber, Gabrielle - MD
Donnelly, Sandra - BSc, MSc, MDCM
Doria, Andrea - MSc, MD, PhD
Dorian, Paul - MSc, MDCH
Drucker, Daniel - MD
Esplen, Mary Jane - BScN, MSN, PhD, RN
Eubanks, James - BSc, AA, PhD
Fehlings, Michael - LMCC, MD, PhD
Feinstein, Anthony - MBChB, PhD
Feld, Jordan - MPH, MD
Feng, Zhong-Ping - PhD
Fish, Jason - BSc, PhD
Fish, Joel Steven - BSc, MSc, MD
Fleshner, Neil - MPH, LRCP, MD
Flint, Alastair - ChB
Floras, John - MD, DPhil
Gaisano, Herbert - BS, MD
Gallinger, Steven - MSc, MD
George, Tony - BSc, MD
Gershon, Andrea - MSc, MD
Gilbert, Richard - MBBS, PhD
Gladman, Dafna - MD
Graff-Guerrero, Ariel - MD
Granton, John - BS, MD
Grunebaum, Eyal - MD
Gupta, Neeru - BM
Hamani, Clement - DrMed, PhD
Hamilton, Jill - BSc, MSc, MD
Haroon, Nigil - MBBS, MD, PhD
Harrison, Robert - PhD, DSc
Hedley, David - MD
Heon, Elise - LMCC, MD
Herrmann, Nathan - MD
Hill, Sean - BA, PhD
Hodaie, Mojgan - BSc, MSc, MD
Horner, Richard - BSc, PhD
Hudson, Christopher - BSc, PhD
Humar, Atul - MSc, MD
Husain, Mansoor - MB, MD
Inman, Robert - BA, MD
Irwin, Meredith - MD
Jarvi, Keith - MD
Jewett, Michael - LMCC, MD
Jones, Nicola - MD
Josselyn, Sheena - MA, PhD
Juvet, Stephen - DrMed, PhD
Kaplan, Allan - AA, BA, MSc, MD
Kapus, Andras - MD, PhD
Katzman, Debra - MD
Kaul, Rupert - MD, PhD
Keating, Armand - BSc, MD
Kennedy, James - MD
Kennedy, Sidney - DPsych, MBChB, BAO
Keshavjee, Shaf - BA, MSc, LMCC, MD
Kingdom, John - DipCH, MB, MD
Kish, Stephen John - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kontos, Pia - BA, MA, PhD
Kumar, Deepali - MSc, MD
Lam, Tony - BS, DPhil
Lazarus, Alan - PhD
Lee, Warren - MD, PhD
Leong-Poi, Howard - MD
Levinson, Wendy - BSc, MD
Levitan, Robert - MSc, MDCM
Levy, Gary - BSc, MD
Lewis, Gary - BCh, MBChB
Li, Ren-Ke - MHSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Licht, Christoph - MD
Lindsay, Thomas - BSc, MSc, MDCM
Liu, Fang - PhD
Liu, Fei-Fei - MD
Liu, Geoffrey - BSc, MSc, MD
Liu, Mingyao - MSc, MD (Director)
Lobaugh, Nancy - BS, PhD
Lozano, Andres - BSc, LMCC, MD, BScMed, PhD
MacDonald, Russell - MD
Marsden, Philip - MD
Marshall, John - MD
Masellis, Mario - MSc, MD
Mazer, Cyril David - MD
McCrindle, Brian - MD
McDonald, Lynn - PhD
McIntyre, Roger - MD
Mckenzie, Kwame - MD
McNamara, Patrick - MB
Mikulis, David - BS, MD
Miller, Steven - MD
Milosevic, Michael - MD
Mizrahi, Romina - MD, PhD
Moe, Gordon - MD
Moody, Alan - BA, MA, MBBS
Mueller, Daniel - MD
Nanthakumar, Kumaraswamy - MD
Nathan, Paul - BA, MSc, MD
Nauth, Aaron - BSc, MSc, MD
Olivieri, Nancy - MD
Osborne, Lucy - PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Ouzounian, Maral - BSc, MDCM, PhD
Palmert, Mark - MD
Pei, York - MD
Pierro, Agostino - MD
Pollock, Bruce - BSc, MD, PhD
Post, Martin - PhD
Prescott, Steven - BSc, MSc, MD, PhD
Rajji, Tarek - MD
Rand, Margaret - BSc, PhD
Ratjen, Felix - MD
Ravindran, Arun - PhD
Ray, Joel - MSc, MD
Redelmeier, Donald - MS, MD
Reithmeier, Reinhart - BSc, PhD
Remington, Gary - MD, PhD
Richards, Robin - BA, MD
Rodin, Gary - BSc, MD
Rosenblum, Norman - MD
Ross, Heather - BSc, MD
Rotstein, Ori - MSc, MD
Rubenfeld, Gordon - MSc, MD
Rummens, Joanna - PhD
Salter, Michael - MD, PhD
Schachar, Russell James - MD
Schimmer, Aaron - MD, PhD
Scholey, James - MD
Seed, Mike - MBBS
Selzner, Markus - MD, PhD
Semple, John - BSc, MSc, MD
Sgro, Michael - MD
Sherman, Philip - MD
Silverman, Earl - MD
Silverman, Melvin - BSc, MDCH
Singer, Peter - MPH, MD
Slutsky, Arthur - BASc, MASc, MD
Sockalingam, Sanjeev - MD
Sondheimer, Neal John - MD, PhD
Stevens, Bonnie - BSc, MSN, PhD
Stewart, Donna - DPsych, MD
Stewart, Suzanne - BA, MA, PhD
Strafella, Antonio - MD, PhD
Strauss, Bradley - MD
Strauss, John - MD
Swartz, Richard - BSc, MD, PhD
Sweezey, Neil - BSc, MD, MD
Szaszi, Katalin - MD, PhD
Tartaglia, Carmela - BA, BSc, MDCM
Tator, Charles - MA, MD, PhD
Tierney, Mary - BA, MA, PhD
To, Teresa - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tymianski, Michael - BA, MD, PhD
Urowitz, Murray - MD
Van Der Kooy, Derek - BSc, MA, PhD
Vasdev, Neil - PhD
Venkateswaran, Vasundara - BSc, MPH, MSc, PhD (Coordinator of Graduate Studies)
Verhoeff, Nicolaas - MD
Verma, Subodh - MSc, MD, PhD
Vincent, John - PhD
Voineskos, Aristotle - MD, PhD
Vorstman, Jacob - MD, PhD
Waddell, Thomas - MSc, LMCC, MD, PhD
Weisel, Richard - BA, MD
Weksberg, Rosanna - MD, PhD
Whyne, Cari - BSc, PhD
Windrim, Rory - MB
Wittnich, Carin - MSc, DVM
Woo, Minna - MD
Woodside, Blake - BSc, MSc, MD
Wunder, Jay - BA, MSc, LMCC, MD
Yang, Victor - BASc, MASc, MD, PhD
Yau, Terrence - BA, MSc, MDCM, MDCM
Yee, Albert - MSc, LMCC, MD
Yeger, Herman - BSc, MScPhm, PhD
Yeh, Ann - MD
Yucel, Yeni - MD
Zadeh, Gelareh - BSc, DrMed, BScMed, DPhil
Zappitelli, Michele - MSc, MD
Zhang, Li - MSc, MD, PhD
Zhang, Liang - PhD
Zheng, Gang - MSc, PhD
Zimmermann, Camilla - MSc, MD

Members Emeriti

Burnham, Willets - PhD
Chan, Helen - MBBS
Daar, Abdallah Salim - MD
Seeman, Mary - BA, MDCH, MD
Toner, Brenda - BA, MA, PhD
Warsh, Jerry - MD

Associate Members

Agarwal, Sri Mahavir - MD, PhD
Agid, Ofer - MD
Alam, Fahad - BHSc(PT), MD
Anastakis, Dimitrios - BSc, MEd, MD
Andrade, Danielle - MSc, MD
Anthony, Samantha - PhD
Atri, Mostafa - MD
Baertschiger, Reto - MD, PhD
Bandiera, Glen - MD
Battaglia, Marco - BA, DrMed
Bernardini, Marcus - BSc, MSc, MD
Bezjak, Andrea - MS, MDCM
Bhalerao, Shree - MD
Boulos, Mark - BSc, MD
Byrne, John - MBChB
Campbell, Douglas - MD
Chan, Clara - LMCC, MD
Chan, Steven - MD, PhD
Chauhan, Vijay - MD
Cheema, Asim - MBBS
Chepeha, Douglas - MD
Cheskes, Sheldon - BSc, DrMed
Cheung, Amy - BA, MSc, MD
Chung, Frances - MBBS
Chung, Jennifer - BEng, MD, MC
Cil, Tulin - BSc, MEd, DrMed
Clarke, Hance - MSc, MD
Crawley, Adrian - BA, PhD
Cushing, Sharon L. - BSc, MD
de Perrot, Marc - MSc, MD
Delgado, Diego - MD
Desarkar, Pushpal - MD
Dlamini, Nomazulu - MBBS
Dueck, Andrew - BSc, MSc, DrMed
Dunkley, Benjamin - BSc, PhD
Eder, Lihi - DrMed
Emmenegger, Urban - MD
Fairn, Gregory - BSc, PhD
Faiz, Maryam - PhD
Fasano, Alfonso - MD, PhD
Faughnan, Marie - MD
Felsky, Daniel - BSc, PhD
Ferguson, Sarah - BSc, MD
Finelli, Tony - BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD
Floh, Alejandro - MD
Foussias, George - BSc, MSc, DrMed, PhD
French, Leon - BSc, MSc, PhD
Friedberg, Mark - MD
Furlan, Andrea - MD, PhD
Gagliese, Lucia - BSc, PhD
Gerretsen, Philip - MSW, MD, PhD
Giacobbe, Peter - MD
Ginsburg, Shiphra - MEd, MD
Gladdy, Rebecca - DrMed, PhD
Goldstein, Benjamin - MD
Goldstein, Roger - MBChB
Goligher, Ewan - DrMed, PhD
Gomez Jaramillo, David - MD, PhD
Gonska, Tanja - MD
Gordon, Tessa - BSc, MSc, PhD
Grasemann, Hartmut - MD
Griffiths, John - BSc, MSc, PhD
Guerguerian, Anne Marie - MD
Hahn, Cecil - MD
Haider, Masoom - BM, MD
Hamilton, Robert - BSc, MD, PhD
Hannon, Breffni - MB
Harnett, Nicole - BSc
Harrington, Jennifer - MBBS, PhD
Hassouna, Magdy - MSc, LMCC, LMCC, MBChB, PhD
Hawco, Colin - BSc, MSc, PhD
Haykal, Siba - BS, MD, PhD
Heyn, Chris - MD, PhD
Hofer, Stefan - MD, PhD
Holden, Lori - BSc
Horlick, Eric - MD
Howe, Kathryn - BSc, MD, PhD
Husain, Amna - LMCC, MD
Husain, Muhammad Ishrat - MBBS
Hutchison, Jamie - MD
Ibrahim, George - BS, MD, PhD
Ivers, Noah - MD
Jean-St-Michel, Emilie - MDCM
Jin, Yaping - PhD
Kahan, Meldon Mayer - MHSc, MD
Kahr, Walter - MD
Kamath, Binita - MBBS
Karkouti, Keyvan - MD
Kayssi, Ahmed - BS, BA, MS, MPH
Khalvati, Farzad - MASc, PhD
Kidd, Sean - PhD
Kim, Dong Hwan (Dennis) - MD, PhD
Kitto, Simon - BA, BEd, DPhil
Kloiber, Stefan - DrMed
Knight, Andrea - MD
Kohut, Sara Helena Ahola - BA, MA, PhD
Kolla, Nathan - BA, MA, MD, PhD
Konvalinka, Ana - DrMed
Korczak, Daphne - BS, MD
Kotsopoulos, Joanne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Krzyzanowska, Monika - MPH, MD
Kuruvilla, John - MD
Kutryk, Michael - MD
Kuzyk, Paul - BSc, MD
Lai, Meng-Chuan - MD, PhD
Lawler, Patrick - MPH, DrMed
Lee, Jacques - MSc, MD
Lee, Jason - BSc, MHPE, MD
Li, Madeline - MD
Librach, Clifford - MD
Lim, Andrew - BSc, MD
Lin, Steve - MSc, MD
Lin, Vincent - MD
Lipsman, Nir - BS, MD, PhD
Lofters, Aisha - BSc, MD, PhD
MacRae, Helen - BSc, MA, MD
Mah, Linda - MHSc, MD
Mahmud, Farid - MD
Mailis-Gagnon, Angela - MSc, MD
Mak, Susanna - MD, PhD
Malinowski, Ann - BScN, MSc, MD
Mamdani, Muhammad - DP
Mandell, Daniel - BSc, MD, PhD
Maralani, Pejman Jabehdar - MD
Matheson, Flora - BA, MA, PhD
Mathur, Sunita - BSc(PT), MSc(PT), PhD
Maxwell, Cynthia - AB, MD
Melamed, Nir - MSc, MD
Menon, Mahesh - PhD
Mertens, Luc - MD
Mishra, Sharmistha - BSc, MD
Mital, Seema - MBBS
Montandon, Gaspard - MSc, PhD
Mucsi, Istvan - MD, PhD
Narang, Indra - MBBS
Ng, Derek - BSc, MSc, PhD
Nikolova, Yuliya - BA, PhD
Penner, Melanie - MD
Perkins, Bruce - MPH, MD
Persaud, Navindra - BSc, BA, MSc, MD
Popovic, Milos - DipIng, PhD
Propst, Evan - BA, MSc, MD
Qadura, Mohammad - BS, MD, PhD
Regehr, Cheryl - AB, MA, PhD
Retnakaran, Ravi - MSc, MD
Rizvi, Sakina - BSc, MASc, PhD
Rosewall, Tara - MS
Rozenberg, Dmitry - MD, MedScD
Rueda, Sergio - MSc, AM, PhD
Scales, Damon - MD
Sholzberg, Michelle - BSc, DrMed
Silversides, Candice - MSc, MD
Singh, Krishna - BSc, MSc, PhD
St. George-Hyslop, Peter - MD
Stinson, Jennifer - BScN, MSc, PhD
Tam, Emily - MD
Taylor, Valerie - MD
Thavendiranathan, Paaladinesh - BSc, MSc, MD
Tripathy, Shreejoy - BSc, PhD
Vincent, Ajoy - MD, MBBS
Wadey, Veronica - BSc, BEd, MSc, MD
Wald, Rachel - MD
Wasserman, Jonathan - MD
Widjaja, Elysa - MSc, MPH, MBBS
Wong, Jean - MD
Wu, Robert - MSc, MD
Yeung, Jonathan - BS, MD, PhD
Yunusova, Yana - MS, MA, PhD
Zaheer, Juveria - AB, MSc, DrMed
Zai, Clement - BSc, MSc, PhD
Zinman, Lorne - MSc, MD

Medical Science: Biomedical Communications MScBMC

​Master of Science in Biomedical Communications​

Program Description

The MScBMC is a two-year, course-based professional graduate program that prepares students for careers in the visual communication of science, medicine, and health. Students in this interdisciplinary program explore the use of images, interactive technologies, and animation/simulation to effectively communicate complex science and health topics to a range of audiences.

The program offers two fields: Biomedical Media Design and Biomedical Visualization Design. Students take the same courses in Year 1 and then choose their field at the start of the Summer session between Year 1 and Year 2.

 

Field: Biomedical Media Design

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Graduation from a recognized university with an appropriate four-year bachelor's degree that includes a variety of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of undergraduate study. Prerequisite courses: English (or an effective writing substitute); a humanities or social science course; biology; cell and molecular biology and/or histology; introductory physiology.

  • At least one third- or fourth-year undergraduate course, or graduate course, from one or more of the following subject areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, or Physiology.

  • A high-quality portfolio of visual material; consult the MScBMC website for guidance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • in Year 1, complete 5.0 FCEs: MSC 1001Y, MSC 2001Y, MSC 2003Y, MSC 2004H, MSC 2009H, MSC 2020H, and MSC 2023H

    • in Year 2, complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC 2002H, MSC 2012H, and MSC 2018H+

    • complete at least 1.0 FCE chosen from MSC 2006H, MSC 2008H, MSC 2015H, and MSC 2016H

    • complete 1.0 FCE chosen from MSC 2007H, MSC 2011H, MSC 2013Y, MSC 2014H, and MSC 2022H (or any other appropriate graduate course[s]).

  • Students must complete MSC 2025Y Master's Research Project for BMC.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years​

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

 

Field: Biomedical Visualization Design

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Graduation from a recognized university with an appropriate four-year bachelor's degree that includes a variety of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Minimum mid-B standing in the final two years of undergraduate study.

  • At least one third- or fourth-year undergraduate course, or graduate course, from one or more of the following subject areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Embryology, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, or Physiology.

  • A high-quality portfolio of visual material; consult the MScBMC website for guidance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • in Year 1, students must complete 5.0 FCEs: MSC 1001Y, MSC 2001Y, MSC 2003Y, MSC 2004H, MSC 2009H, MSC 2020H, and MSC 2023H

    • in Year 2, complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC 2002H, MSC 2012H, MSC 2018H+

    • complete 1.5 FCEs: MSC 2015H, MSC 2016H, and MSC 2017H

    • complete 0.5 elective FCE chosen from MSC 2007H, MSC 2011H, MSC 2014H, and MSC 2022H (or any other appropriate graduate course[s]).

  • Students must complete MSC 2025Y Master's Research Project for BMC.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years​

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Medical Science: Biomedical Communications MScBMC Courses

Consult the Faculty of Medicine each session regarding course offerings.

Required Courses

​MSC 10​01Y
​Human ​Anatomy
​MSC 2001Y
​Visual Representation of Medical Knowledge
​MSC 2002H
​Sequential Medical Communication
​MSC 2003Y
Biomedical Communications Technologies​
​MSC 2004H
​Research Methods
​MSC 2009H
​Ethics and Professionalism in Biomedical Communications
​MSC 2012H
​Neuroanatomy for Visual Communication
​MSC 2018H​+
​Visual Representation of Processes in Human Pathology
MSC 2020H Visual Representation of Biomolecular Structure and Function
MSC 2023H Information Visualization (prerequisite: MSC 1001Y; exclusion: MSC 2019H)
MSC 2025Y Master's Research Project for BMC

​+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to take at least one of their electives in a graduate program other than Biomedical Communications.

MSC 2005H Evolution of Medical Illustration
​MSC 2006H
​Advanced Media Design Technologies
MSC 2007H
​Visual Synthesis of Medical/Scientific Process
​MSC 2008H
​Community-Centred Design Research
​MSC 2011H
​Special Topics in Biomedical Communications
MSC 2013Y Master's Research Project and Paper
MSC 2014H Fundamentals of Scripting for Health Science Communication
​MSC 2015H
​Interpretive Visualization: Cinematic Design an​d Preproduction
​MSC 2016H
​Visualization Methods
​MSC 2017H
Visualization Technology​
MSC 2022H Graphic Medicine Seminar

Medical Science: Medical Science MSc

Master of Science

Program Description

The MSc program is available in a wide range of basic sciences, clinical sciences, and population health research. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, a student receives specialized training and exposure to Toronto's finest multidisciplinary research. Students conduct research in one of six fields: Bioethics; Biomedical Science; Clinical Science; Health Professions Education; Population Health/Health Services; and Radiation Oncology.

The program emphasizes hands-on research, rather than coursework. Faculty conduct research in the following areas: cardiovascular sciences, bioethics, neuroscience, membrane biology, respiratory medicine, and psychosomatic medicine. The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) is the graduate unit of choice for undergraduates and MDs seeking training as clinician investigators, and graduates may seek positions as academics and health-care professionals in universities, government, and industry. The IMS participates in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinical Investigator Program (CIP).

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • ​Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.
  • An appropriate BSc or an MD degree from a recognized university and academic credentials and background preparation appropriate to the field of study. Qualified university graduates with a professional health science degree (e.g., MD, BScN) or an undergraduate arts and science degree of appropriate background who wish to pursue graduate studies in basic or clinical biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants lacking adequate background in biological, natural, or social sciences may be required to take undergraduate or graduate courses considered necessary to provide a proper basis for their research.

  • A– (80%) average in the final year of undergraduate study and an A– cumulative average over three of the four total years of study.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following English language proficiency tests:

    • ​​​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

      • a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or

      • a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test and 25 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5 with 6.5 in each component.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): minimum total of 86 with a minimum writing score of 32, reading score of 22, and listening score of 22. Test of Oral Proficiency assessment band = 7.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 graduate full-course equivalent (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC 1010H0 MSc Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit).

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC modular courses (two courses worth 0.25 FCE each; Credit/No Credit).

    • 1.0 elective FCE.

  • A research thesis and oral thesis examination.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Medical Science: Medical Science PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program is available in a wide range of basic sciences, clinical sciences, and population health research. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, a student receives specialized training and exposure to Toronto's finest multidisciplinary research. Students conduct research in one of six fields: Bioethics; Biomedical Science; Clinical Science; Health Professions Education; Population Health/Health Services; and Radiation Oncology.

The program emphasizes hands-on research, rather than coursework. Faculty conduct research in the following areas: cardiovascular sciences, bioethics, neuroscience, membrane biology, respiratory medicine, and psychosomatic medicine. The Institute of Medical Science (IMS) is the graduate unit of choice for undergraduates and MDs seeking training as clinician investigators, and graduates may seek positions as academics and health-care professionals in universities, government, and industry. The IMS participates in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinical Investigator Program (CIP).

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MSc degree with an MSc thesis; 2) transfer from the IMS MSc program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an appropriate BSc or MD degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate facility in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following English-language proficiency tests:

    • ​​​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

      • a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or

      • a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test and 25 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5 with 6.5 in each component.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): minimum total score of 86 with minimum writing score of 32, reading score of 22, and listening score of 22. Test of Oral Proficiency assessment band = 7.

  • Applicants may be accepted into the PhD program after completing an MSc degree (with an MSc thesis) with at least A– standing from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC 1011H0 PhD Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit).

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC modular courses (two courses worth 0.25 FCE each; Credit/No Credit).

    • 1.0 elective FCE.

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements.

  • A research thesis must be submitted and the student must pass an departmental examination before proceeding to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

  • At the end of Year 3, students must have completed all program requirements exclusive of the thesis research in order to achieve candidacy.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Applicants may be accepted into the PhD program via transfer from the University of Toronto MSc program. Outstanding students may be considered for reclassification/transfer into the PhD program without writing an MSc thesis.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 3.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC 1010H0 MSc Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit).

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC modular courses (two courses worth 0.25 FCE each; Credit/No Credit).

    • 1.0 elective FCE with a minimum A– average.

    • If recommended by the Program Advisory Committee, the student will be evaluated in an oral transfer examination within 18 to 21 months of initial graduate registration. Alternatively, the Exam Committee may decide that the student must complete the MSc degree before being considered for admission to the PhD program.

    • The successful applicant will enter the PhD program and complete:

      • 0.5 FCE: MSC 1011H0 PhD Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit) if credit for MSC 1010H has not been obtained prior to transfer.

      • 1.0 elective FCE.

  • A research thesis must be submitted and the student must pass an internal examination before proceeding to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

  • At the end of Year 3, students must have completed all program requirements exclusive of the thesis research in order to achieve candidacy.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute of Medical Science's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate facility in the English language through the successful completion of one of the following English-language proficiency tests:

    • ​​​Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

      • a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or

      • a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test and 25 on the writing and speaking sections.

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.5 with 6.5 in each component.

    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): minimum total score of 86 with minimum writing score of 32, reading score of 22, and listening score of 22. Test of Oral Proficiency assessment band = 7.

  • Students are accepted via direct entry into the PhD program after completing an appropriate BSc or an MD degree, without completing an MSc degree.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 3.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC 1011H0 PhD Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit).

    • 0.5 FCE: MSC modular courses (two courses worth 0.25 FCE each; Credit/No Credit).

    • 2.0 elective FCEs.

    • Students may be required to take extra courses in addition to the degree requirements.

  • Students must pass a qualifying examination within 18 to 21 months of entry.

  • A research thesis must be submitted and the student must pass an internal examination before proceeding to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination conducted by the School of Graduate Studies.

  • At the end of Year 4, students must have completed all program requirements exclusive of the thesis research in order to achieve candidacy.

  • Students are expected to be on campus and participating full-time until all program requirements are completed.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Medical Science: Medical Science MSc, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered each year. Check the departmental website for course availability.

JCR 1000Y
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges
JCV 1060H
Developmental Cardiovascular Physiology
JCV 3060H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Molecular Biology and Heart Signal Transduction
JCV 3061H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Hormones and the Cardiovascular System
JCV 3062H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Heart Function
JCV 3063H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Vascular
JCV 3065H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Systems Biology
JDB 1024Y
Topics in Developmental Biology (MSc)
JDB 1025H
Developmental Biology (PhD)
JDB 1026Y
Student Seminars in Developmental Biology (PhD)
JNP 1014Y
Interdisciplinary Toxicology
JNP 1016H
Graduate Seminar in Toxicology
JNP 1017H+
Current Topics in Molecular and Biochemical Toxicology
JNP 1018H+
Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Toxicology
JNR 1444Y
Fundamentals of Neuroscience — Cellular and Molecular
JNS 1000Y
Fundamentals of Neuroscience — Systems and Behaviour
JPM 1005Y
Behavioural Pharmacology
JTB 2010H
Proteomics and Functional Genomics
JTB 2020H
Applied Bioinformatics
MSC 1001Y
Human Anatomy
MSC 1006H
Neuroanatomy
MSC 1008H
Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology
MSC 1010H0
MSc Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1011H0
PhD Student Seminars in Translational Research (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1040H
Physiologic Basis of Disease
MSC 1081H
Studies in Schizophrenia
MSC 1085H
Molecular Approaches to Mental Health and Addictions
MSC 1087H
Neuroimaging Methods Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MSC 1088H
Brain Positron Emission Tomography
MSC 1089H
The Biopsychosocial Basis of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders
MSC 1090H
Introduction to Computational Biostatistics with R
MSC 1100H (0.25 FCE) Success in Graduate School: a Professional Development Module for MSc Students (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1101H (0.25 FCE) Success After Graduate School: a Professional Development Module for PhD Students (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1102H (0.25 FCE) Psychiatric Implications of Traumatic Brain Injury (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1103H (0.25 FCE) Knowledge Translation (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1104H (0.25 FCE) Neurodegenerative Disease (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1105H (0.25 FCE) Clinical Trials (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1107H (0.25 FCE) Biostatistics in a Nut Shell (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1108H (0.25 FCE) Animal Models of Human Diseases (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1109H (0.25 FCE) Introduction to Neuroimaging (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1110H0 (0.25 FCE) Strategic Training in Transdisciplinary Radiation Science for 21st C (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1111H (0.25 FCE) Strategies for Systematic, Scoping, or Other Comprehensive Searches of Literature (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 2003Y
Biomedical Communications Technologies
MSC 2010Y
Molecular Medicine in Human Genetic Disease
MSC 2020H
Visual Representation of Biomolecular Structure and Function (prerequisites: MSC 1001Y, MSC 2001H, MSC 2003Y)
MSC 3001H
Foundations in Musculoskeletal Science
MSC 4001H
Foundations in Resuscitation Science Research
MSC 6000H
Special Topics Reading Course
MSC 7000Y
Regenerative Medicine

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Medical Science: Health Research GDipHR

Graduate Diploma in Health Research

Program Description

The Graduate Diploma in Health Research provides a select group of medical students high-quality training in health research in order to understand, interpret, and apply the rapid changes in the scientific underpinnings of health care. Future physicians will gain skills relevant to contributing to health-related studies in their future careers, some of whom will become leaders of health research. Taken concurrently with the MD program, the Graduate Diploma in Health Research aims to engage medical students in health research with the intent to develop applicable knowledge and skills that will inform and support a future career in any field of health research.

Minimum Admission Requirements​

  • Diploma students must meet the School of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements for master's-level diploma programs. Applicants must be enrolled, and in good academic standing, in Year 1 of the MD program of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto.

  • Applicants must submit the following:

    • ​​​​curriculum vitae (CV)

    • a personal statement explaining their interest in the program

    • a description of a research project they are interested in

    • written confirmation of Good Standing in the MD program (letter from the program, signed by the Registrar or Vice-Dean

    • undergraduate and/or graduate academic transcripts.

Program Requirements

  • ​Students must complete a total of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​Two required courses (2.0 FCEs):

      • MSC 1991Y0 Supervised Research Project (Credit/No Credit).

      • MSC 1992Y0 Research Skills for the Physician-Scientist (Credit/No Credit).

    • 0.5 elective FCE selected from an approved list. Substitution of any other graduate-level course relevant to the student's research course but not found on the approved list will require completion of a course exemption form signed by the Institute of Medical Science's Graduate Coordinator. The selection of the course will be done in consultation with the Program Director.

  • Students must maintain good academic standing in the MD program throughout.

Program Length

5 sessions part-time (W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

8 sessions part-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.

Medical Science: Health Research GDipHR Courses

Core Courses

​​MSC 1991Y0
​Supervised Research Project (Credit/No Credit)
MSC 1992Y0
Research Skills for the Physician-Scientist (Credit/No Credit)

Approved Elective Courses by Graduate Unit

Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (Dalla Lana School of Public Health)

​​HAD 5301H
​Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD 5744H
Introduction to Health Econometrics
​HAD 6760H
Introduction to Health Services Research Theory and Methods
​MHI 3000H
Independent Reading for Health Informatics

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (Faculty of Medicine)

LMP 1006H
​Cellular Imaging in Pathobiology
LMP 1017H
Tissue Injury, Repair, and Regeneration
​LMP 1020H
Inflammation, Immunity, and Immunopathology of Atherosclerosis
LMP 1504H
Cell and Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Diseases
LMP 1510H
Molecular Biology Techniques
LMP 1525H
The Role of Genomics in the Era of Personalized Medicine
LMP 1530H
Next Generation Genomics in Clinical Medicine
LMP 1535H
Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics, and their Clinical Applications
LMP 2120H
Molecular Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
LMP 2222H
Neurodegenerative Disease — Mechanisms, Models, and Methods

Medical Science (Faculty of Medicine)

​​JCV 3060H
​Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Molecular Biology and Heart Signal Transduction
JCV 3061H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Hormones and the Cardiovascular System
​JCV 3062H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Heart Function
​JCV 3063H
Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences — Vascular
MSC 1002H
Overview of Methods in Practices and Contexts
MSC 1003H
Information, Media, and Communication Literacy for the Sciences
MSC 1081H
Studies in Schizophrenia
MSC 1087H
Neuroimaging Methods Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MSC 1088H
Brain Positron Emission Tomography
MSC 1089H
The Biopsychosocial Basis of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders