MBiotech’s Digital Health Technologies (DHT) curriculum comprises both required courses that all students take and elective courses that students choose to take to meet their elective credit requirement, or simply out of interest. { or jump to BioPh Curriculum | This page last updated: 7-Apr 2023 }


Credit Requirements

Students enrolling in DHT steam of MBiotech are required to complete 9·5 graduate course credits over a 24-month period on a full time basis. These 9·5 credits comprise the following—

10 Science courses (0·5 credits each, for a total of 5·0 credits)

3 Business courses (0·5 credits each, for a total of 1·5 credits)

2 Work Term courses (1·0 credit each, for a total of 2·0 credits)

Electives (1·0 credits)

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Our Required Courses R


Seminar Series (BTC16x0)
BTC1600H Biopartner­ing I { Sep‑Dec } Plum iCal Google Calendar

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Seminar Series (BTC16x0)
BTC1610H Biopartner­ing II { Sep‑Dec } Plum iCal Google Calendar
Digital Health Series (BTC18xx)
BTC1899H Digital Health Technology { Sep‑Apr } Y Course Maroon iCal Google Calendar
Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1900Y Work Term I { May‑Aug } Aubergine iCal Google Calendar
BTC1910Y Work Term II { Sep‑Dec } Aubergine iCal Google Calendar
Business Series (BTC20x0)
BTC2030H Management of Techno­logical Innovation { Jan‑Apr } Sky iCal Google Calendar

The Electives E

Work Term Series (BTC19x0)
BTC1920Y Work Term III { Jan‑Apr } Aubergine iCal Google Calendar
Special Topics Series (BTC21x0)
BTC2100Y Thesis Project in Biotech­nology COMING SOON Tungsten iCal Google Calendar

Course Descriptions

— All mandatory courses (but not electives) offered in the DHT stream are described in this section.

BTC1842H Medical Device Reimburse­ment { Year 1 }


Session: Summer
Instructor: Mark Smithyes
Credits: 0·5 R


1842First use of ether in surgery by Long.

Course Description:
Medical device reimburse­ment for medical devices is critical for successful product commerc­ial­isation. This course discusses the regulatory and reimburse­ment landscape in Canada and presents a medical device reimburse­ment framework that can be applied when seeking medical device reimburse­ment. The framework focuses on the medical device and the reimburse­ment environment where payment is being sought. The course involves lectures and reimburse­ment challenges. Teams of students will conduct reimburse­ment assessments and develop and present reimburse­ment plans for real-world medical device reimburse­ment. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the knowledge and tools to build a medical device reimburse­ment plan.

    BTC1855H Coding in R Language { Year 1 }


    Session: Summer
    Instructor: TBC
    Credits: 0·5 R


    1855 The founder of modern ocean­ography, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and ‘Pathfinder of the Seas’ publishes his opus, The Physical Geography of the Sea.

    Course Description:
    This course teaches basic programming skills to non-programmers and introduces them to the value of those skills. Students will learn about the various capabilities of the R programming language and participate in discussions about the purpose of programming including task automation and interactive web design. Students will be introduced to elementary data types, control flow and functions as well as functional and object oriented programming. Students will practice approaches to problem solving with computer programs and learn debugging strategies. By the end of the course, students are expected to create a program that helps them solve a problem or perform a task (either self-chose or assigned) in the context of data science.

      BTC1859H Data Science in Health I { Year 1 }


      Session: Summer
      Instructor: Nicholas Mitsakakis
      Credits: 0·5 R


      1859 Pasteur uses his col de cynet apparatus to disprove ‘spontaneous generation’ theory.

      Course Description:
      This course will introduce students to biostatistics and data science. This course is intended for both students new to the area and those with prior training.

      Statistical and data analysis methods covered will start with descriptive statistics and basic univariate tests and continue to more advanced regression models and other topics. The sessions will include lectures and hands-on tutorials that include real-time exercises. It is key that students are able to identify which methods to apply to what kind of data set, the assumptions of the model and how to interpret the output. Special emphasis in the course will be placed on critical thinking around analytical methods to be used.

      Problem sets will be focused on the application of statistical modelling to the biological and health sciences. This may include laboratory or clinical data sets. Your defence of your analysis, as well as critiquing the work of others, will require you to draw upon some of your knowledge of biology and the health sciences.

      A key component of the course will involve programming in R in order to conduct statistical analysis. Students will have both individual and team assignments to provide practice coding in R, one of the main languages used today in performing statistical analysis. Comfort with R will be helpful in learning other languages in the future in a statistical context. Off the shelf software, while more convenient, may not be available in the work environment you find yourself in and certain tests you may need, may not be available in any such software. Thus, learning to code is the best path forward for future practitioners of data science.

        BTC1600H Biopartner­ing I { Year 1 }

        BTC1610H Biopartnering II { Year 2 }


        Session: Fall Y1 Fall Y2
        Instructor: Duncan Jones
        Credits: 0·5 R

        MBiotech Classic

        Formerly Seminar in Bio­sciences/​Bio­tech­nology. Mantra ‘All participants in the Program are linked by the seminar course during acad­emic and industrial terms.’

        Course Description:
        The ‘Biopartner­ing’ seminar series is a program require­ment for all MBiotech students — in both the BioPh and DHT streams. BTC1600H and BTC1610H are held in conjunction with one another, meaning all students (regardless of year or program stream) attend the seminar on the same date and time. The seminar is held once per week during the Fall semester, on Tuesday evenings for approximately two hours. It is comprised of both presentations by select speakers from industry as well as student present­ations. The course challenges students to provide insights into industry issues that would be seen as a valuable contribution by experts in the area. Each student will participate in a formal group presentation, in their first year, and will complete other academic requirements such as critiques, team mentoring and an individual report in their senior year. The topics presented in this course will range from scientific (latest technologies and research, analysis of pre-clinical and clinical data) to business-oriented issues (e.g., market strategies for pharma and biotechnology products, government regulations, intellectual property, finance, ethics, etc.).

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        BTC2000H Effective Manage­ment Practices { Year 1 }


        Sessions: Summer & Fall Y Course
        Instructor: Ann Armstrong
        Credits: 0·5 R

        MBiotech Classic

        Formerly Organis­ational Skills. Mantra ‘An intro­ductory course … to acclimatise a student to the relation­ships that will be encountered in the laboratory courses and the intern­ship course.’

        Course Description:
        This course introduces students to the basic skills and concepts needed to become an effective member of an organis­ation. It focuses on (1) team working skills, (2) funda­mental managerial skills, and (3) career manage­ment skills. The course is participative in its design and requires students to apply the material in the course. It provides the first opportunity for a team approach to problem solving and will provide a realistic preview of the work place.

        This course will be used to define and organise groups of students who will work in teams to complete the subsequent laboratory modules.

        BTC1877H Data Science in Health II { Year 1 }


        Session: Fall
        Instructor: Nicholas Mitsakakis
        Credits: 0·5 R
        Pre-Requisite: Grape


        1877William Macewen invents the osteotome, enabling bone grafts.

        Course Description:
        This graduate course takes students with a basic background in statistics and equips them to tackle massive data sets in health. The focus will be on advanced statistical tests in machine learning and assemble such tests by accessing and validating publicly available code in the R programming language and creating their own code as needed. Students will also learn additional techniques pertaining web scraping, working with unstructured data, data cleaning and data governance building upon the course Data Science in Health I. The course will emphasise creative approaches to analysing data and how to be critical of misleading analysis. Each class will involve both lecture and weekly tutorial assignments. The major project for the course will involve a large health data set that teams will compete to analyse.

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        BTC1878H Health Data Visualis­ation with Tableau { Year 1 }


        Session: Winter
        Instructor: Shafquat Arefeen
        Credits: 0·5 R


        1878 First publication of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, world’s longest running botanical periodical featuring original colour illustrations of plants.

        Course Description:
        In this course, we discuss data analytics and visualizations using Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep software. We survey methods in data cleaning and prepping through ETL (Extract, Transform, Loading). We examine best practises in developing dashboards and understand how to tell a story with health and biological data. Our overall goal is to provide a foundation for using Tableau in data-driven decision making in the life sciences. Visualization with Tableau will be supplemented with R coding techniques students have learned from previous courses.

        Upon completion of this course, students will be able to frame various classes of healthcare problems as analytics problems using Tableau, to appropriately identify data sources and build visualizations from them. Students will get practice in planning and developing interactive dashboards that help answer analytical problems and provide data accessibility to a non-technical audience.

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        BTC2010H Fundamentals of Managerial Concepts { Year 1 }


        Session: Fall
        Instructor: Kevin Yousie
        Credits: 0·5 R

        RNA Vaccine

        2010Derrick J. Rossi, former UofT alumnus, founds Moderna, Inc.

        Course Description:
        This foundational course introduces students to a broad range of the critical managerial concepts that are required to operate success­fully in today’s biotechnologically focused organisations. Topics covered include forms of business ownership, an introduction to financial statements, financial statement analysis, time value of money, marketing manage­ment, market segment­ation, product positioning, the marketing mix, pricing decisions, channel and marketing commun­ications management, as well as some aspects of organisational behaviour and strategic management. Theory and application are combined through the use of readings, case studies, presentations and a group project.

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        BTC1882H Digital Ethno­graphy in Health { Year 1 }


        Sessions: Fall & Winter Y Course
        Instructor: Jayson Parker
        Credits: 0·5 R


        1882Vladimir Bekhterev publishes Provodiashchie puti mozga (‘The Conduction Paths in the Brain and Spinal Cord’), beginning to note the role of the hippocampus in memory.

        Course Description:
        This course will introduce students to the development of a wide range of product categ­ories and topics pertaining to the commercial­isation of health­care products. The course will touch upon medical devices, wearable technology, clinical trial design, biopharma­ceuticals, digital health, big data in health, medical apps, biomarkers, medical marketing, treatment guidelines, screening tools, diagnostics and social listening. Under­standing clinical trial design and the regulatory pathway through the US FDA is a major focus of the course. There will be an emphasis on digital health regulation. The course will also introduce students to 3D printing and its applications in health­care. Students will be required to get familiar with the digital modelling tool Blender. Students will explore segment­ation of physicians based on their clinical practices, drawing upon some of their data science training. The major project for the course will focus on the use of social listening for a product to derive insights into different issues based on the expressed interests of an industry partner. Students will be required to develop a strong level of mastery with the social listening tool Brandwatch and combine that with their foundational knowledge in the course, along with their data science training, to derive insights.

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        BTC1895H Introduction to IT Consulting & Web Design { Year 1 }


        Session: Winter
        Instructor: Ibrahim Munawar
        Credits: 0·5 R


        1895Wilhelm Röntgen discovers X-rays, earning him the inaugural Nobel Prize for Physics.

        Course Description:
        Information Technology (IT) Consulting is a growing prof­ession that embodies the use of computer-supported collab­or­ative tools in the execution of business functions. In this course students engage with the principles of Computer Supported Co-operative Work (CSCW) through an experien­tial oppor­tunity to work with a real client. Students create an IT Consulting company and take on the role of consult­ants, learning core skills (soft and hard) necessary for this prof­ession, including client manage­ment, communic­ation, ideation, analysis and solution develop­ment, project manage­ment, present­ation skills and web design. Using case studies we discuss consulting lessons learned and problems to avoid within the context of industry best practices. Student teams will also advance their case by citing relevant best in class examples.

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        BTC1900Y / 1910Y / 1920Y Work Terms I, II & III { Year 2 }


        Preparation: Winter
        Sessions: Year-Long (begins Summer)
        Instructor: Nazeem Shamsuddin
        Credits: 2·0 R + 1·0 E

        MBiotech Classic

        Formerly Placement Project in Bio­sciences/Biotech­nology. Mantra ‘This course represents an intern­ship element of learning, which is considered … fundamental to [the] application of the academic course work.’

        Course Description:
        This series of centre­piece courses is designed to grant our students a more in-depth appreciation and understanding of the biotech­nology and biopharma­ceutical industry in a corporate and/or industrial setting, and to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world context. Students are required to complete two 4-month full-time Work Term placements that are arranged by the course coordinator to ensure that the role, responsibilities and activities are at a graduate level. Credit-granting responsibilities reside with the course instructor, based on assignments and feedback from students’ Work Term supervisors.

        Required preparatory exercises and assignments must be completed in the Fall and Winter/Spring sessions, leading up to the start of the placement in Summer, in order for students to qualify for Work Term I. These preparatory requirements can involve résumé work­shops, one-on-one meetings with members of the MBiotech team, attendance at the annual Career Day, and more.

        Students in Work Term II may continue with the same employer from Work Term I, or alternatively with a new employer or department. Students’ performance and their work experiences is evaluated in a manner similar to that for Work Term I.

        Note: BTC1920Y, Work Term III is an optional elective course that extends the placement experience to a full 12 months’ duration. Students taking Work Term III share their experiences by means of a mandatory Networking Night component in late April or early May.

        Students receive credit/no credit grades for all three courses.

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        BTC1899H Digital Health Technology { Year 2 }


        Sessions: Fall & Winter Y Course
        Instructor: Jayson Parker
        Credits: 0·5 R


        1899 Felix Hoffmann & Arthur Eichengrün patent Aspirin.

        Course Description:
        This course has two parts that challenge students to think about the commercial­isation of digital health products. In the first half of the course students will build upon their training in digital health regulation by doing a reverse engineering assignment on a technology (e.g., health software). Students will also be introduced to detecting hype around a health tech­nology and to distinguish this activity from more meaningful indicators of validation. Human factor engineering will be introduced in the context of basic psych­ology and its application to usability analysis and product design. The first half of the course involves individual student presentations that forecast the future of a digital health product and provide a critical analysis of the technology. The second half of the course challenges the students to think about creating their own digital technology. Special emphasis will be placed upon developing a compelling use case, regulatory strategy and market analysis. The second half of the course shifts to independent study by student teams that is supervised by the instructor.

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        BTC2030H Manage­ment of Techno­logical Innovation { Year 2 }


        Session: Winter
        Instructor: Paul Chipperton
        Credits: 0·5 R

        MBiotech Classic

        Formerly Manage­ment of Innovation. Mantra ‘A finishing course intended to tie together the academic and placement courses from the perspective of manage­ment and business.’

        Course Description:
        In this course, we will define tech­nological innov­ation as the process of lever­aging new ideas to create economic value and deliver this value to share­holders, employees, consumers, and our society at large. This process involves critical strategic choices that are common to most organisations, from small startups to large established companies: What is the best way to bring an idea to the market, and to arrange production and distribution? How should we redesign our internal organisation, as well as the system of partnerships and relationships with external players? Should we redefine our vertical and horizontal boundaries, for example by outsourcing some activities or entering new geographical markets? Throughout the course, we will refine our ability to approach and find the best answer to these (and many other) questions. Using an applied and discussion-based method, we will learn how to effectively convert a creative idea into a valuable innovation.

        Since this Year 2 course runs concurrently with Work Terms, special remote learning provision is made available to those students who are out-of-province during the term, pending the Directors’ approval.
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