Medicine & Health

Programs

Biological Science

Biology is the study of life. It focuses on understanding life on earth: what life is, how it originated, how it changes over time, and how it influences and is influenced by the surrounding environment. Simply, it examines how life works.

At Ontario Tech University, we have a comprehensive undergraduate program where students can take a wide variety of courses to support their interests in various disciplines of biology that explore complex systems of life - from molecules and cells to ecosystems and human anatomy. Our undergraduate courses give students many opportunities to experience biology first hand through lab and field activities using cutting-edge technology.

The research of our biology professors is integrated into the undergraduate program and students can get involved in a variety of research opportunities. After completing their undergraduate degree, students can do a Masters’ or PhD in Applied Bioscience.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is known as the central science. From the experimental to the theoretical, our program exposes you to all major fields of chemistry: physical, analytical, organic, inorganic and chemical biology. Students use modern laboratories and teaching environments to gain hands-on experimental understanding.

Students in our program gain important problem-solving skills for the 21st century. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in medicine, law, business, education, and research-based Master of Science and PhD programs.

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Forensic Science

Forensic Science is an interdisciplinary study that uses scientific principles to analyze evidence for legal investigations. Our Forensic Science program will give students a strong scientific foundation in biology and chemistry. Students will also learn about forensic aspects of identification, toxicology, physics, psychology and law.

Our Forensic Science program is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), recognizing that our curriculum, labs, faculty and research have met the rigorous standards set by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). We are one of only two programs in Canada to receive this prestigious award.

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Health Administration

Health care is a dynamic and rapidly growing sector requiring not only frontline providers; health administration professionals will help address current and emerging health care challenges and needs. Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) graduates will be prepared to work in areas of operations, management, finance and planning in a variety of healthcare sectors and fields. Healthcare policy supports the development of an integrated health system that addresses health needs, improves patient outcomes across the lifespan and increased efficiencies. Healthcare is envisioned as a continuum of care, where the site of care and its delivery will be supported by community agencies, primary care clinics and health institutions.

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Health Physics and Radiation Science

Energy supply, medicine, agriculture, national security, manufacturing and resource-based industries are all examples of where the use of radioactive materials or radiation-generating machines are an essential part of operations. Radiation is also used to study materials and matter on the atomic scale. Our curriculum is a combination of fundamental radiation science, technological methods and applications to prepare you for a successful career.

Our program is designed in consultation with key industry representatives, and will provide you with necessary theoretical and applied skills to meet employers' needs.

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Health Sciences


Human Health Specialization

The Human Health Specialization will prepare you for health-related post-graduate studies such as, medicine, epidemiology, and dentistry. You will take upper-year electives that extend your knowledge in core areas as well as integrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the health-care system in Canada. The Human Health Science specialization offers you an opportunity to learn a broad range of topics related to health. This specialization focuses on the fundamental areas of science as it relates to human health and disease including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Pathophysiology
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Public Health Specialization

The term “public health” can conjure a variety of images and ideas for individuals in Canadian society and abroad. For some, it means screening for communicable diseases, mass immunization programs or legislation for healthy and safe work environments. For others, public health means the creation of governmental agencies or combating Ebola and the Zika virus. Overall, the aim of public health is to empower residents to make informed decisions and partake in interventions that seek to preserve, promote, and restore their health.

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Integrative Neuroscience

Integrative Neuroscience offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of neuroscience, with an emphasis on strong foundational science and practical laboratory skills. You will study the nervous system at the cellular level, understand its influences on functional circuits at the macroscopic level, and learn how this forms the basis of behaviour, movement and neurological diseases. This program explores neuroscience from an evolutionary perspective, including a comparative analysis of the nervous system and behaviour among different animal groups.

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Kinesiology

The Kinesiology specialization is directed toward understanding the role and safe application of exercise for:

  • Fitness
  • Health improvement
  • Rehabilitation

It prepares you to:

  • Become a kinesiology practitioner.
  • Safely prescribe individualized exercise programs to improve or maintain the health, functional capacity and well-being of a range of healthy and clinical populations.
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Medical Laboratory Science



Ontario Tech University's Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is the first of its kind in Ontario. You will be introduced to the exciting diagnostic aspects of health science, including a focus on medical research. You will become skilled in the five main areas of the diagnostic laboratory:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Histotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Transfusion medicine

Medical laboratory technologists:

  • Analyze the chemical substances in the body.
  • Detect abnormal cells in the blood.
  • Identify the type of bacteria responsible for an infection.
  • Match the blood given to an accident victim.
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Medical Laboratory Science - Northern Access Initiative

The Medical Laboratory Science - Northern Access Initiative is reserved for applicants from northern Ontario. If this does not apply to you, please apply to the Medical Laboratory Science program using the program code DHL.

Prepare yourself to be eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification examination.

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Nursing


It's a new age for nursing and new skills are in demand. Ontario Tech University is the right choice for you whether you are beginning your career or you are an experienced nurse who wants to upgrade your skills. Our commitment to state-of-the-art practice, leading-edge technology and practical know-how will position you to excel on the job from day one.

As new attitudes and objectives in health care redefine today's nursing professional this is an exciting time to embark on a nursing career.

Our four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program, offered collaboratively with Durham College, will immerse you in the practice of scientifically-based nursing using:

  • Clinical skills
  • Research findings from:
    • Community care
    • Family care
    • Group care
    • Individual care
    • Theory
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Psychology

Bachelor of Arts

Do groups of people make better decisions than individuals? How do clinicians diagnose mental illness in children and adults? Can we empathize equally with people from different cultural backgrounds?

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program will receive a core first year of social science courses with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses. Students will also be required to take a number of additional social science electives in their upper years of study. This program will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the social, personality and developmental characteristics of human behaviour.

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Bachelor of Science

Does the chronic use of drugs lead to permanent changes in the brain? How do modern pharmaceuticals help treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression? How do traumatic events influence a child’s development?

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program will receive a core first year of natural science courses, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and psychology with their second year reserved for foundational psychology courses. Students will also be required to take a number of additional science electives in their upper years of study. This program will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue studies in the cognitive and biological underpinnings of human behaviour.

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Want to see the specific courses you’ll be taking in your program? Visit ontariotechu.ca/calendar.

College-to-university transfer programs

Turn an Ontario college diploma (or equivalent) into a degree in as little as two years. See which programs are available to you at ontariotechu.ca/pathways.

Your career possibilities:

  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Forensic Technologist
  • Health Administration and Management Leader
  • Health Policy Advocate
  • Occupational Health and Safety Co-ordinator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Sport, Exercise or Health Psychologist

† Some of these careers may require further study.
Safa Malek
Ontario Tech has been a key driver of me becoming the nurse I have always dreamed of! The university has supported me through hands-on experiences through clinical placements, compassionate professors, and amazing supports for my mental wellness and career development. They’ve helped me grow into who I was meant to be in the health-care field. Safa Malek Nursing, class of 2021 Direct Care Worker, Stewart Homes

Industry-ready learning

  • Satisfy course requirements for applying to medical school, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary school.
  • Perform assessments and interventions on simulation mannequins in our Interprofessional Centre of Excellence Lab.
  • Examine real patient tissues to learn about the progression of diseases and disorders.
  • Conduct blood typing and blood compatibility tests using high-quality clinical instruments.
  • Perform diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissue samples to detect diseases, disorders, and infections.
  • Collect and analyze evidence, and apply it to investigations in our unique Crime Scene House.
  • Real-world, valuable and relevant learning with experiential learning, and co-op.
undergraduate university in Ontario for medical science grants
students per Kinesiology laboratory section, ensuring more hands-on lab experience
local, regional, and national organizations provide clinical and internship placements
clinical hours for Nursing students

Medical School pathway

Ontario Tech students who successfully graduate from the following programs with a minimum cumulative GPA of 75 per cent, will receive entry to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at either Saba University School of Medicine, Medical University of the Americas, or St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine:

  • Chemical Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Health Science
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Public Health

‡ To learn more about the pathway program, including MD admission requirements and scholarships, visit ontariotechu.ca/medschoolpathway

Clubs and societies

  • Campus Emergency Response Team
  • Canadian Nursing Students’ Association
  • Health Sciences Society
  • Interprofessional Health Student Network
  • Med Lab United
  • Mental Health Council
  • Pre-Medical Society
  • Pre-Optometry Club
  • Science Council
  • Students Investing in Brain Research and Development
  • Students Involved in Global Health Today

Health Sciences research practicum

Participate in your final year, and work closely with faculty members on a research project and/or something you’d like to pursue in the future


Science co‐op education

Flexible, paid work placements of 4, 8, 12 or 16 consecutive months

Hear it from them

Hear about Keegan Guidolin's journey to becoming a doctor.