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What is Medical Biophysics?


Sometimes misunderstood, medical biophysics is best described as a discipline that improves people’s lives. And it draws on many research areas, techniques and technologies to improve human health. In studying medical biophysics you will apply the principles of biology, mathematics, physics and engineering to solve problems.

When you study medical biophysics, you learn how to apply your knowledge of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics to areas such as medical imaging, cancer therapy, biomechanics and cardiovascular disease.

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University offers Canada’s only undergraduate medical biophysics program, which prepares you for graduate studies, professional programs or work in industry.

The program places a major emphasis on research, as it applies to diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diabetes, lung, bone, heart and many other diseases.

As a student in the program, you will have the opportunity to do a full-year research project course in Year 4 and in your third year will complete an eight-week research project.

You can also participate in a summer research program.

In addition to working with leading researchers, you will be exposed to multidisciplinary labs and utilize cutting-edge technology including micro-CT scanners, SPECT-CT scanners, 3-Tesla MRI scanners, Canada’s only 7-Tesla MRI and 9.4 Tesla animal and specimen scanners, ultrasound machines and so much more.

When you aren’t in the lab, as a medical biophysics student you will enjoy very small classes with one-to-one interaction with your professor. And forget the text books — you will be learning from professors who share the most up-to-date research occurring in labs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and around the world.  

In completing your degree, you will gain a strong background in the physical and biomedical sciences, develop acute critical thinking skills, problem solve and share your research, and have the ability to apply fundamental science principles from many disciplines to solve real-world medical problems.