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Graduate courses

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HINF 503 - Research Methods in Health Informatics (1.5 units)

This course examines a variety of study designs used in medical informatics and outcomes research. These include experimental designs, observational and predictive studies, and qualitative inquiries. For each study design, appropriate analytical approaches and use of related software will be covered. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 510 - Health Information Management (1.5 units)

This course critically examines the application of state-of-the-art IM&T principles and methods in the private sector and the degree to which they apply to Canadian health care organizations. In doing so, it identifies the issues which chief information officers face in their attempts to provide the right information to the right people at the right time for the right price. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 511 – Clinical Decision Support Systems (1.5 units)

This course will provide an overview of clinical decision support (CDS) systems and methods. Students will be introduced to CDS tools and techniques that will help them make informed decisions within their organization and participate in strategic planning activities. Course modules include: a conceptual framework for describing and analyzing CDS, effectiveness of CDS interventions, policies affecting CDS deployments, and health information standards pertinent to CDS initiatives.

HINF 515 - Patient Care Information Systems (1.5 units)

This course provides a thorough coverage of concepts, methodologies and techniques available to support patient care processes through the use of information technology. It includes a review of factual and patient information systems, signal and pattern processing applications, decision support, simulation, education and training applications. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 516 - Telemedicine in Action (1.5 units)

This course takes a case-based approach to telemedicine and its applications in the field. Enrolees will engage in curriculum around the three following contextual cases: clinical; educational; administration applications. Students will interact with, experience, and review, a range of technology-enabled learning tools, participate in technology demonstrations, and engage in exchanges with various telehealth and informatics personnel and experts. Specific units of this course are also modularized for CME accreditation.

HINF 535 - Health Information Standards (1.5 units)

This course is a study of health information standards being deployed and used in Canada and elsewhere. The standards to be examined are terminology and messaging standards that include SNOMED CT, ICD-10-CA/CCI, LOINC, nursing terminologies, HL7V2.x, HL7V3/CDA, HIE and IHE. The topics to be addressed include the nature of health information standards, their historical evolution and the lifecycles for standards from initial development, distribution to maintenance.

HINF 550 Health Information Systems Design (1.5 units)

This course studies how to design health information systems. Case studies will be used to discuss how systems are designed and implemented in complex settings. Students will work in teams with other students to develop a total system solution to a particular health care problem. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 551 Electronic Health Record (1.5 units)

This course examines recent efforts in modeling health information and documents. It covers a structured review of the current literature, development of a means for selecting key articles, and development of a structure for findings, including types and classes of health information, methods of health information documentation, and current status of use of XML in health information systems, including a summary of current limits and challenges.

HINF 552 Evaluation in e-Health (1.5 units)

This course offers practical insights and understanding of an evaluation process for e-health initiatives. This includes assessing the effectiveness of e-health programs, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, as well as recommendations to assist decision-makers.

HINF 553 E-Health Sustainability: From Business Case to Policy (1.5 units)

This course focuses on the issue of sustainability and how e-health applications can be planned in a manner that encourages ultimate integration and routine use.

HINF 554 Critical Appraisal of the Health Sciences Literature (1.5 units)

The intent of this course is to help students improve their ability to find, appraise and use evidence about health care interventions appearing in the health sciences literature. Using an online virtual classroom format, students will gain knowledge of the criteria used to appraise the validity, importance and applicability of different types of health literature.

HINF 560 Health Care Quality Improvement (1.5 units)

This course offers practical insights and understanding of an evaluation process for e-health initiatives. This includes assessing the effectiveness of e-health programs, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, as well as recommendations to assist decision- makers.

HINF 561 - Project Management in Health Informatics (1.5 units)

This course will provide students with an introduction to the essentials of project management and the project life cycle. Topics include project lifecycle management, and all project processes including: project charter, network diagramming, scope management, cost management, risk management, issue management, change management, scheduling and schedule management.

HINF 562 - Procurement in Health Informatics (1.5 units)

Introduction to the procurement process in health informatics and will cover key decision making aspects in the analysis and selection of health information systems. An important goal of this course is to have students appreciate the dynamics and compromises which take place when a health care authority/facility selects information technology to primarily support its work practices.

HINF 570 Epidemiology in Health Services Management (1.5 units)

An examination of the principles and methods of managerial epidemiology. The course focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of epidemiological analyses as applied to management in the health and social services, including the role of epidemiology in health services planning and policy formulation, health status indicators, outcome measurement and utilization analysis. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 571 Health Systems Data Analysis (1.5 units)

This course covers the major health system databases and how, with record linkage, they can be analyzed to create pictures of system components for strategic planning, ongoing program management, monitoring and evaluation. By working with real data and real problems, you will learn basic tools and methods of health system data analysis.

HINF 572 Health Informatics: An Overview (1.5 units)

This course will provide an overview of current developments, issues and challenges in the emerging field of health informatics. Historical development of the field will be covered. The course will also touch on basic foundations of health informatics, including the field’s theoretical and methodological underpinnings. In addition, the course will consider a range of emerging applications in health informatics as well as approaches to understanding and evaluating these innovations.

HINF 573 Applied Biostatistics (1.5 units)

This course is a computer laboratory course primarily designed to provide practical experience in running SPSS software, interpreting output and presenting findings in Figures and Tables, suitable for publications or dissertations. Topics covered include: understanding statistics, data management and cleaning, recode and compute statements, scale development (Cronbach’s alpha), t-tests, chi-square analyses, correlation and logistic regression. The skills learned in this course are those commonly used in quantitative research for health and social sciences.

HINF 575 - Human Factors in Healthcare (1.5 units)

Introduces a framework for considering human factors in health informatics. This includes study of human-computer interaction in the design of a range of health informatics applications, user analysis, workflow modeling, consideration of methods of evaluating system usability and socio-technical aspects of successful healthcare system design. In addition, approaches to the design of systems that are safe and that reduce human error in healthcare will be emphasized.

HINF 580 HI Graduate Seminar (1.5 units)

This course is to explore key themes, issues and trends in HI. It consists of presentations by faculty and students on different HI subject areas.

HINF 590 Directed Study (1.5 units)

This course allows the student to pursue directed readings or a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Offered in alternate years.

HINF 591 Topics in HI (1.5 units)

Advanced topics in various areas of health informatics. Topics vary depending on faculty interests and availability. Students may take this course more than once.

HINF 598 Research Project (3.0 units)

The student is required to conduct a major research project in health informatics under the supervision of a faculty member. Preference is given to real-life HI related projects being planned or underway in the workplace where the student is employed. Early selection of the research project topic is strongly recommended.
Note: This is only available through our distributed stream MSc and is not available on campus.

HINF 599 Thesis (6.0)

The thesis provides the student with the opportunity of conducting original research and interpretation of those results in HI.

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