Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences

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  • Overview

    This new program is the first in Canada to offer a truly interdisciplinary 5-year biomedical program that integrates Engineering with Health Sciences. It is also the only Health Sciences program in health, engineering science and entrepreneurship.

    After a common first year, students will enter either the Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering or the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship degree program.

    The Health Solutions Design Projects course will cover topics in engineering ethics and professionalism, design and graphics, computation, and materials, with the key assessment being a series of biomedical-related design projects. This course is the first in a stream of integrated learning projects that flows through the program. 

    Why Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences?

    Biomedical engineering is a developing field requiring graduates with both specialized training and interdisciplinary breadth across many areas of study. This innovative program aims to produce such graduates, by placing a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary education, translational design, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Applied learning opportunities with a strong emphasis on inquiry and problem-based learning.

  • Admission Details

    OUAC Application Code: MEH or MEI (Co-op)

    Target Enrollment: 140 students

    + Admission Average & Requirements

    Note: Admission to iBiomed also requires the submission of a Supplementary Application, Due February 1, 2018.


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  • First Year Courses

    Total: 37 units

    Required: 34

    Electives:  3 units of an approved complementary studies electives.

    Note: The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).

    Internships & Co-op

    Students enrolled in either stream of the iBioMed program will have the opportunity to apply for co-op positions. Co-op placements are flexible and can be taken up at any time. 

    Co-op may be added at any time up to the end of a student’s final year of study.

    A minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience required to receive a co-op designation upon graduation. For maximum flexibility, options include 4-month summer work-terms and 8 to 16-month continuous internships.

  • Beyond First Year

    In second year, students will pursue more specialized courses of study in either the Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng. BME.) degree or the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (B.H.Sc. HESE) degree.

    Students in the B.Eng.BME degree cover fundamental skills and techniques in both biomedical engineering and a chosen core discipline. There are eight core disciplines to choose from, including Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, and Software Engineering). Admissions into one of these engineering disciplines will be based on first-year academic performance and the availability of space in the discipline.

    Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences Health Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (B.H.Sc. HESE) integrates engineering, health sciences and entrepreneurship, creating a hybrid graduate that interacts with clinicians, researchers and patients. Health and Engineering Entrepreneurship courses from level two to level five integrate business and engineering concepts including; organizational behaviour, leadership, finance and marketing, discovery, validation, design thinking, and more. Students will work in groups to create value from problems in the health and engineering disciplines by learning how to develop and market a concept.

    Level II Program Selection:

    As enrolment is limited in each degree options, where there is more demand than spaces, competition will be based on first-year academic achievement.

    Bachelor of Engineering & Biomedical Engineering – 90 spaces

    Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship – 50 spaces 

  • Careers or Options Beyond This Program

    Graduates will not only be uniquely positioned for careers in:

    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biotechnology & Health
    • Biomedical Science sectors of the economy
    • Graduate Research
    • Professional Health Science careers (i.e. Medicine)
    • Private Sector opportunities
  • Program Statistics

    Seats After First Year:
    90 - Bachelor of Engineering & Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng.BME.)

    50 – Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship (B.H.Sc.)

Typical Timetable

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  • Facilities

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