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Undergraduate Minor

A unique Minor program for students interested in interdisciplinary studies in health, science and visual communication.

Biomedical Communications (Science) – Minor Program


Enrolment in this program requires:

  • concurrent enrolment in a science major + additional minor or a specialist program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.20

4.0 credits are required including:

  • BIO152H5, BIO153H5
  • HSC200H5
  • 2.5 credits from: HSC300H5, 301H5, 302H5, 401H5, 402H5, 403H5, 404H5, 405H5, 406H5

Limited Enrolment

  • Enrolment in this program requires concurrent enrolment in a science major + additional minor or a specialist program.
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.20

Students should review the Degree Requirements prior to selecting courses.

Program Advisor

Diane Matias

Rm. DV 3057
(905) 828-3999

Nicholas Woolridge

Rm. HSC 314

Course Descriptions

Click on a course below to view its description and prerequisites.

UTMUTM Campus St. GeorgeSt. George Campus BothBoth Campuses

HSC200H5Imaging Technologies for Scientific Visual Communication (SCI)

UTM Campus

Introduction to image and media technologies central to modern digital communication, with emphasis on their use in science communication and education. Topics include the appropriate use of visual media, design strategies, design for legibility and scientific image conventions. Tutorial sessions will introduce vector and bitmap image creation and manipulation tools. [12L, 24T]


Prerequisites: None

HSC300H5Written Communication for Health Care (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course presents the principles of communicating effective audience-specific health information in both print and electronic media. Students will learn to analyze the form, content, language, and imagery of written health communication; to locate the published research behind health reports in the popular media; and to communicate clear, accurate health information to medical professionals, general audiences, and readers with low literacy skills. [12L, 24S]


Prerequisites:BIO152H5 and WRI203H5/ENG205H5

HSC302Biocommunication Visualization

UTM Campus

This course covers analysis and development of visual media for medical or scientific topics. Lectures include: light/form; proportion/scale; scientific visual conventions; media appropriate for target audience and reproduction. Topics may include: physiology, anatomical/biological subjects, patient education or health promotion. Classes consist of lectures wtih computer lab explorations. [24L, 12P]


Prerequisites:Prerequisites: HSC200H5, Exclusion: HMB304H1

HSC401H5Web-Based Health and Science Communication Design (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course presents the principles of health and science communication and examines the characteristics of effective audience-specific media design. Included are issues of learning context, target audience analysis, and effective information design in the development of tools that communicate concepts to the general public. Students will analyze existing media, conduct an information needs assessment, and design a website on a current health or science-related topic. [12L, 12S, 12P]


Prerequisites:CCT260H5/ BIO152H5/ ANT101H5

HSC402H5E-Learning Environments in Health Care (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course focuses on the design, development and evaluation of E-Learning environments for health sciences education or health care practice. An overview of learning management systems, knowledge object design, repositories, collaborative knowledge building environments, communication technologies, surveys, simulations, tutorials, and games will be presented. Individual and group work will explore theory-based design and best practice guidelines for the creation of multimedia/multi modal E-Learning communities. [12L, 24P]


Prerequisites:CCT260H5/ BIO152H5/ ANT101H5

HSC403H5Visualization of Forensic Demonstrative Evidence (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course examines the visual representation of forensic demonstrative evidence in Canadian courtrooms. A case-based approach simulates professional practice. Forensic anthropology, biology and visual communication theory are explored in new media for presentation. Visual problem solving skills are developed through collaboration. In class, presentations and practica are combined with critical analysis of visualizations. [12L, 24P]


Prerequisites:Completion of 10.0 credits, including one of FSC239Y5/ BIO210H5/ 210Y5/ ANT205H5/ ANT306H5

HSC404H5Advanced Visual Media for Anthropological Data (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course examines the visual representation of physical evidence in archaeology, and physical/biological anthropology. Photography, traditional illustration, and digital rendering are used to produce scientific graphics in support of published research. Through practical and analytical exercises students will gain an understanding of the media and techniques used to visually represent data. [24S, 12P]


Prerequisites:ANT200Y5/ ANT203Y5/ BIO152H5

HSC405H5Digital Forensic Facial Reconstruction

UTM Campus

This course examines the technical, anatomical, and sociological considerations involved in the three-dimensional digital forensic facial reconstruction. Human facial anatomy, traditional reconstruction techniques, and the use of 3D animation software are the core areas of study. Using this knowledge, students reconstruct the facial identity of an individual known only from cranial skeletal remains. [24S, 12P]


Prerequisites:10.0 completed credits including ANT203Y5, 205H5/BIO210H5 Recommended: ANT334H5

HSC406H5Advanced Written Communication for Health Care (SCI)

UTM Campus

This course builds on skills developed in HSC300H. Topics include: communication of epidemiological data; medical and science journalism; illness narratives; image-text integration, and graphic novels in healthcare. Students learn to think critically about health and science reporting, interpret complex or contentious evidence from the medical literature, and produce in-depth health documents in a range of formats. [12L, 24S]



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