Biomedical Visualization and Communication

UBC Certificate Program

As science communications have grown increasingly complex and convoluted, the world needs individuals who can communicate science, medicine and health concepts effectively and accurately in ways audiences can understand.

The UBC Certificate in Biomedical Visualization and Communication is a new integrated skills program that sits at the intersection of art, science and communication. It’s a one-of-a-kind program that blends scientific knowledge, critical thinking, co-creativity, teamwork, and communication skills built on empathy and active listening.

Begin with a foundational course in biomedical communication in which you learn how to communicate concepts clearly and effectively. Next, learn approaches to co-creativity, including design thinking, art fundamentals, improvisation, prototyping, visual maps and user testing. Increase your science literacy and gain a common medical language with a comprehensive introduction to anatomy, physiology and biomedical vocabulary. Complete the program with a team-based capstone project with a client in which you apply all that you’ve learned.

A unique aspect of the curriculum is a focus on diversity and inclusivity in biomedical communications. Throughout the program, you learn how to recognize and address the needs of diverse communities, including Indigenous, racialized and other groups that face barriers to healthcare information.

The program is tailored to meet the needs of students with diverse backgrounds, and fosters and encourages peer-to-peer learning. The 100% online format is designed to attract a wide community of learners who are partnered in cohorts that reflect real-life teams.

You’ll complete the program prepared to work confidently and creatively on a cross-functional team to create engaging and informative biomedical communications for healthcare clients.

  • 2022 Program Dates: January 10 - December 9, 2022
  • Applications Open: Sept 1, 2021 
  • Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2021
  • Format: 100% online
  • Curriculum: Four 12-week courses + final project, offered over 3 terms
  • Schedule: Part-time, 180 hours of online learning
  • Cost: $11,000
  • 2022 Term Dates:
    • Term 1: January 10 – April 8, 2022
    • Term 2: May 2 – July 29, 2022
    • Term 3: September 12 – December 9, 2022

The program is a collaboration between the UBC Faculty of Medicine Hackspace for Innovation and Visualization in Education (HIVE) and the Centre for Digital Media. The capstone projects during which students work on a team with a client are expected to spark discovery and act as an incubator for visual solutions that serve healthcare, education and the public.

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