Life Science

Human Biology Program

Louise Ngan is not only a product manager, she's also a Human Biology grad.

Louise Ngan (Hon. B.Sc, 2017) leveraged her education in Human Biology and Book & Media Studies into a career in the tech industry. Since graduating, she has worked as a product manager supporting small to medium-sized enterprises, all while pursuing her own entrepreneurial interests such as launching a healthcare venture. Read more about Louise on 10,000 Coffees

What do employers value about Human Biology Program graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 80% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $49,580/year upon entering the workforce. 72% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Human Biology alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries:

  • Healthcare Services
  • Research
  • Education
  • Community and Social Services
  • Government
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sales
  • Information Technology
  • Program and Project Management
  • Media and Communications

graduate or professional school

A Human Biology degree equips students with the research and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Biotechnology 
  • Global Health
  • Medicine/Dentistry
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology 
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Clinical Research
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work  
  • Education
  • Law
  • Business

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like Human Biology alumni who are now Tropical Disease Specialists, Genetics Counsellors and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization.

During your second year, participate in Explore It to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Centre workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit cln.utoronto.ca for more information.

Connect with Alumni

Join the Human Biology Program LinkedIn alumni group.

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients. 

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline. 

Take a 300-400 level research project course, or volunteer in a lab to gain hands-on research experience.

Enroll in the Community-Engaged Learning Course (HMB440H1, HMB473H1) to apply course material and gain hands-on experience.

Attend workshops and conferences organized by the Human Biology Student Union (HBSU) and the Neuroscience Association of Undergraduate Students (NAUS).

Take advantage of international experience opportunities through the Namibia Internship Program, the Equity Studies/Aboriginal Studies/First Nations House internship program, Woodsworth College Summer Abroad course HMB396Y, HMB394Y0: International Research Project in Human Biology, and the Center for International Experience.

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