School of Biomedical Engineering @UBC

Our Aim: Impact

Biomedical engineering (BME) technologies have improved and extended lives, with the best of disciplines coming together to unravel today’s most pressing health challenges and questions for the betterment of society. The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) aims to lead Canada in BME research, education, and translation, and be the place to watch, internationally, for the next wave of technologies that will transform medicine.

Who We Are

Created in 2017 through a partnership between the Faculties of Applied Science and Medicine, and enabled by the leadership of British Columbia’s provincial government, the SBME is unique as UBC’s first inter‑faculty school and as Canada’s living laboratory for new models of convergent research and education. With access to world-leading research infrastructure, and with close partnerships with our research-intensive hospitals and local industry, the School aims to provide a clear route from the discovery of new fundamental biomedical technologies to their innovative application and development to benefit human health.

Education & Learning

For students, building on UBC’s long-standing Biomedical Engineering Program, we are broadening access to graduate education opportunities and offering a comprehensive undergraduate program. Our curriculum is based on the philosophy that future leaders in BME will benefit from a rigorous grounding in fundamental biology combined with in-depth engineering design and computational foundations. As a flagship program at UBC we are attracting the best and brightest students, and providing them with innovative programs (such as Engineers-in-Scrubsresearch rotations, and study-abroad). SBME will prepare students for successful careers in a broad array of life science‑related jobs in industry, academia, and beyond by providing an outstanding and unique education at the convergence of biology, medicine and engineering.

Our Stakeholders: UBC SBME in the Community

The School also aims to be an important catalyst in helping innovative technology reach application in our local communities, and as a foundation for the development of a broad range of biomedical technologies that we hope will underpin the industry leaders of tomorrow. The discoveries made will be incubated, developed into health biotechnologies, and applied in an inventive and accessible manner to improve human health. Our involvement in programs such as the Creative Destruction Lab Health stream and e@UBC will help to ensure our students and faculty have the resources and expertise available to accomplish this goal.

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