Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective Online Course - University of Toronto

Publish Date: Jul 27, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 26, 2016 12:00 to Feb 25, 2017 11:00

About the Course

This course introduces the foundations of biochemistry and provides a variety of medical perspectives. The three major subject areas are proteins and enzymes, metabolism, and nucleic acids and biological information flow.

The course gives opportunity to learn about the proteins that make up our cells, tissues, and membranes, and how we control our metabolism, and store and transmit our genetic information.

The course is taught by experienced faculty members in the Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Why to Take the Course

The course will give you an understanding of proteins, the action molecules of the body, how you burn off fat in metabolic pathways during running and the science of bioenergetics in marathons, and how the genetic information stored in your DNA makes you what you are, linking you to your parents, and your children.

The course is ideal for students who require a full credit - equivalent course in biochemistry as a prerequisite for entrance into professional programs in the health sciences, including pharmacy, medical school, nursing, and dentistry.

The course is also invaluable to anyone who needs to understand the biochemistry underpinning many current medical and science issues, including writers, journalists, investors or advisors in the biotechnology sector, and anyone seeking to understand the biochemical basis of an illness or other medical condition.

This online video course will give you a university level understanding of concepts in biochemistry. The content of the course is equivalent to the University of Toronto courses BCH 210H (Biochemistry I) and BCH 311H (Biochemistry II).

Main Areas of Study

  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Metabolism
  • Nucleic Acids and Biological Information Flow

Some of the current and relevant medical issues to be explored include:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Scurvy
  • Tay Sachs disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cholera and whooping cough

To learn more about the main areas of study and the lecture list please click "Further official information" below.

Course Structure and Evaluations

In addition to the 54 hours of video lectures (three times a week for 18 weeks in the fall and winter semesters, and compressed to 14 weeks in the accelerated summer semester), the course features video articles with medical insights into the biochemistry involved in a variety of diseases.

The evaluations will be distributed as follows:

  • Online Quizzes 35%
  • Participation and Assignments 20%
  • Final Exam 45%

Registration Deadline

The information to allow access to the course materials is generated three business days after registration. Kindly register in time to start the course on the first day.


Winter 2017

  • Course Offered _ 09 January - 27 May 2017
  • Final Exam Date _ 27 May 2017 (3hrs)

Summer 2017

  • Course Offered _ 10 April - 22 July 2017
  • Final Exam Date _ 22 July 2017 (3hrs)

Fall 2016

  • Course Offered _ 26 Septemeber 2016 - 25 February 2017
  • Final Exam Date _ 25 February 2017 (3hrs)

How to Register

You may register in person, online, by telephone, regular mail, or fax.

For more details about registration please click on the "Further official information" below.

Further Official Information

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