Terminology Certificate Program

When should you apply?

For September Entry
Applicant Type Deadline

External Applicants (Not currently a registered School of Health Information Science Graduate Student)

March 1

Internal Applicants (Currently a registered School of Health Information Science Graduate Student)

March 1

Admission information

The Graduate Certificate Program in Health Terminology Standards coursework starts in September. 

Admission Information

  1. Applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree in a health or information technology related field from an accredited university.
  2. To be admitted, applicants must satisfy all regular admissions requirements of the UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  3. In exceptional cases, those applicants without a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, but who can demonstrate significant (normally at least 15 years) relevant professional expertise or experience who wish to pursue only the certificate option may be admitted if they are recommended by the School.
  4. The Graduate Certificate Program in Health Terminology Standards may also be completed by our currently registered HINF graduate students in the MSc, PhD or NUHI (Master of Nursing and Master of Science in Health Informatics) programs.

How do you apply?

To apply, click on the tabs that relates to you and follow the provided steps:

External Applicants (Not Currently a Registered Graduate Student in the School of Health Information Science)

To apply, you need to complete a UVic Graduate Studies online application.

Step 1

Standard UVic Graduate Studies Application Package:

  • You will need to obtain the appropriate transcripts, assessment reports, test scores and other documents as outlined in the application package.
  • If you are an international student, please visit the UVic Graduate Studies page for the information on minimum requirements, proper submission of your documents, Language proficiency, visas, and more.

Step 2

Materials required by the School of Health Information Science:

1. Two Assessment Reports from academic referees.

  • To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include two Assessment Reports from current or former employers in place of academic referees.

2. Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) which includes:

  • Your rationale for wanting to pursue the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Terminology Standards;
  • Your thoughts on how you will use the knowledge learned from this program in your workplace;
  • Your thoughts on ways the program will improve or change your career

3. Personal Resume (maximum 4 pages) which includes:

  • Your educational background, employment history, professional/academic affiliations and other achievements such as publications or awards.

Step 3

Submit the online Graduate Studies Application Package along with the School’s requirements to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office (GARO).

Internal Applicants (Currently a Registered Graduate Student in the School of Health Information Science)

Step 1

Talk to your supervisor.

Step 2

To apply, you need to complete a UVic Graduate Studies online application.

Step 3

Additional materials required by the School of Health Information Science:

1. Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) which includes:

  • Your rationale for wanting to pursue the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Terminology Standards;
  • Your thoughts on ways the program will improve or change your career

Step 4

Submit the online Graduate Studies Application Package along with the School’s requirements to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office (GARO).

Program requirements

Program of Study

The Graduate Certificate Program in Health Terminology Standards has four graduate level courses for a total of 6 units. The following courses must be completed in order:

HINF 535 (1.5 units) Health Information Standards
HINF 536 (1.5 units) Controlled Terminology Standards
HINF 537 (1.5 units) Health Information Exchange Standards
HINF 597 (1.5 units) Field Project in Health Informatics 

Our program is designed to span for one year.

Course Delivery Methods

In the certificate program, the courses will be offered through blended delivery methods including online classes, on-campus workshops and an individual field project. Our online classes meet weekly with real-time, online, interactive sessions with the instructor and students. 

HINF 537 is a blended format with an in-person workshop and an online class component.

HINF 597 will be taken last as a capstone project where the students will apply their knowledge and skills acquired from the earlier courses in an experiential project within a selected area of health terminology standards.

Field project (HINF 597)

Your Field Project (HINF 597) is a capstone project course that will give you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in an area of health terminology standards that you are interested in.  These projects are meant to be practice-oriented and address a terminology-related issue or need in an organization.  The projects are meant to be completed within a four month time period.

Field Projects are not a substitute for the research project (HINF 598), thesis (HINF 599) or dissertation (HINF 699) although they may inform that work.

Graduate Certificate in Health Terminology Standards Program Costs

Type of Applicants Fees
External Applicants (Not currently a registered Graduate Student in the School of Health Information Science)

Answers to questions about tuition, fees and other costs can be found at the Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees

Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees For tuition and fee purposes, students should refer to non-standard tuition for the Graduate Certificate Health Terminology Standards. Please note the certificate fees are listed per unit not per course.

Internal Applicants (Currently a registered Graduate Student in the School of Health Information Science)

Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees For tuition and fee purposes, students should refer to the program fees section

Current MSc or PhD students will pay a one-time program fee in addition to their degree program costs

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m accepted into the Graduate Certificate Program, can I just continue on to the MSc program if I want?

  • Acceptance and completion of the certificate program is not an admission offer to our other graduate programs.  If you’d like to continue your studies after finishing your certificate, you may apply to one of our graduate programs separately.

Will the courses that I take for the certificate program count towards my MSc or PhD degree?

  • Yes, if you are currently a Health Information Science MSc or PhD student, courses taken as part of the certificate program can count towards completion of your UVic HINF Masters or PhD program.

If I’m already a HINF MSc or PhD student, can I take the courses in the certificate program first and then decide later if I want the certificate?

  • No, in order to receive the certificate, you must apply and be accepted into the certificate program prior to taking the courses.  We are not allowed to retroactively award the certificate.
  • For our current students, who have already taken HINF 535 before the certificate program commenced in September 2018, you may still apply for the certificate program and we will count your HINF 535 credit towards the certificate program.

I'm a current HINF MSc or PhD student, will I have separate tuition and fees for the certificate program?

  • Yes, there is a one-time program fee in addition to the tuition and fees you are currently paying for your MSc or PhD program. Please see the section above "Program Costs" for links to the most current information on certificate program costs.

I’m a distributed MSc student and required to attend a workshop for my MSc.  Will attending HINF 537 count towards my workshop requirement for my MSc?

  • No, the HINF 537 workshop course only counts towards the certificate program requirements.  It will not fulfill the workshop requirements of the distributed stream MSc.

Do I need to complete the courses in order?

  • Courses for the certificate program are not offered more frequently than once a year.  If you miss a course in the sequence, you will have to wait until the next time the course is offered in order to finish your certificate and any other remaining courses with pre-requisites. 

Can my HINF 597 Field Project be with my current employer?

  • You are encouraged to complete your HINF 597 Field Project, as a project that is a value to your career (and potentially to an employer), but you need to talk with the course instructor early in the planning stages.

Is the Field Project a Co-op?

  • No, the field project is a capstone project that is graded by the course instructor.  While it is practice-based, it is not the same as a co-op work experience.

How is the Field Project (HINF 597) different than my Research Project (HINF 598)?

  • HINF 597 is different from HINF 598 in that it is 1.5 units instead of 3.0 units. As such, projects in HINF 597 are smaller in scope with the expectation that they can be done in 4 months. The project should also be practice oriented aiming to address a terminology-related issue or need in an organization.

What are some examples of Field Projects (HINF 597)?

  • All HINF 597 field projects will involve terminologies in some way. Examples may include: literature review, adoption strategy, interface design, subset creation, quality assurance, EHR integration and post-adoption evaluation.

Is this program accredited? Am I eligible for certification after this program?

  • It is expected that the program will undergo accreditation in summer 2017. Once the program is accredited, the graduates will be eligible to apply for CCHIM terminology certification.

Where can I found out more information on CCHIM/CHIMA terminology standards certification and competencies?


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