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Learn about biomedical sciences with online courses and programs

Biomedical science is a collection of applied sciences that drive innovation within the field of healthcare. Learn more about biomedical science with online courses delivered through edX.

What is biomedical science?

Biomedical science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates principles from the natural sciences, such as biology and chemistry, with medical sciences to study human health, as well as the causes of disease and underlying medical conditions. 

Biomedical science plays a critical role in advancing knowledge about human biology, and can help health professionals better understand the human body and cell biology. This can inform general health initiatives as well as responses to larger health issues like a pandemic. Biomedical science aids in humans’ understanding of infectious disease and provides research opportunities into troubling health issues affecting different populations.

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Biomedical science course curriculum

Specializing in an area of biomedical science can prepare you to make breakthroughs in the science of health and wellbeing. Research scientists are currently studying some of the most persistent problems humanity has in the area of health. edX can help you begin your journey into this rewarding career path with courses designed to help you build a foundational understanding of the scientific fields involved in this research. 

Some of the topics you may study in a biomedical science course include: 

  • Research methods: Improve the quality of your research with up-to-date best practices

  • Biomedical imaging: Learn more about the fundamentals of biomedical imaging and the different techniques used, for instance X-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs.

  • Data science: Study the skills and tools needed to support your data science and research to ensure you can trust your own research results, reproduce them yourself, and communicate them to others

  • Data analysis: Explore how to apply the key concepts and techniques of data analysis to your own research.

If you are interested in pursuing online education on this subject or other topics, explore the learning paths made available through edX. Online bachelor's degree programs or, for more advanced learners, master’s degree programs can provide a more comprehensive curriculum. Meanwhile, a boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals.

Explore biomedical science jobs

Biomedical science is a vast and interesting medical field with a range of rewarding career options. Biomedical science professionals work in diverse fields, including biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, and epidemiology. They can work in laboratories, conducting experiments, analyzing data, and developing new methods and technologies. They can be employed in academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospitals, government agencies, and research organizations. 

If you are interested in making the leap into a career in this field, start building the skills you need with edX.