Research As A Career Option

What Does A Health Researcher Do?
Medical or health scientists conduct research intended to improve overall human health. They are motivated by curiosity about the unknown and they advance fundamental knowledge about the world.

  • BASIC HEALTH RESEARCH expands our knowledge and understanding of human health. It is driven by a scientist's curiosity as they seek answers to fundamental questions and is often the foundation for major discoveries.

  • TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH takes what's learned in basic research and converts it into practical applications to enhance human health and well being. 

Bench to Bedside and Back
Once research shows promise in a laboratory (The Bench), it needs to be tested to see how it works in actual patients (The Bedside). Often this involves CLINICAL STUDIES (clinical trials or observational studies) with human volunteers to add to medical knowledge. 

Following completion of your university degree (your undergraduate degree or 'undergrad'), a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program leads to research opportunities in the medical sciences. Explore these links to find out more.

 University of Alberta      Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research  Edmonton
 University of Calgary  Faculty of Graduate Studies  Calgary
 University of
 British Columbia 

 Graduate School

 University of Manitoba  Faculty of Graduate Studies  Winnipeg  
 Memorial University
 of Newfoundland     
 School of Graduate Studies  St. John's    
 Dalhousie University    Faculty of Graduate Studies  Halifax   
 Lakehead University  Faculty of Graduate Studies  Thunder Bay
 Laurentian University  Faculty of Graduate Studies  Sudbury
 McMaster University  School of Graduate Studies  Hamilton
 Queen's University  School of Graduate Studies  Kingston 
 University of Ottawa |
 Université d’Ottawa

 Graduate and Postdoctural Studies |
 Études supérieures et postdoctorales

 University of Toronto  School of Graduate Studies  Toronto
 Western University  School of Graduate and Postdoctural Studies  London
 McGill University  Graduate and Postdoctural Studies  Montreal 
 Université Laval      Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales  Québec City    
 Université de Montréal      Études supérieures et postdoctorales  Montréal
 Université de Sherbrooke  Graduate Studies  Sherbrooke
 University of Saskatchewan  College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies  Saskatoon     


Learn more about health research in Canada



About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON.