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Work while you learn


Put your learning in motion

As a health information science student, you’ll bring your studies to life through co-op. Your program includes a mandatory co-op component that lets you alternate your academic terms with three paid co-op terms working for health care employers.

Co-op lets you apply your research, analysis, critical thinking and communication skills in workplace settings across the country or around the world. Some of our students have students have enjoyed work terms in Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Hungary, Sweden, India, and the USA.

You'll gain relevant work experience, build competencies, earn some extra cash and have a better shot at landing your dream job after graduation.

While on work terms, you'll be paid approximately $2,600-$3,000 per month by your employer. In addition to helping pay expenses, co-op means you graduate with 12 months of relevant work experience.

Want to know what it's like to be a co-op student? Check out some student stories!

Co-op employers

Through the health information science co-op, you could work for:

  • hospitals
  • health authorities
  • federal and provincial government ministries and divisions
  • cancer agencies, centres for disease control
  • private health consulting companies
  • health software companies
  • universities/academic institutions

Get more information on the Co-op and Career site.

Featured employer

Jeff Barnett, BC Cancer Agency

Jeff Barnett is a graduate of the Health Information Sciences program.

"The Health Informatics Research and Development Unit (HIRDU) at the BC Cancer Agency is involved in several key research projects. One in particular, E-Radiate, is looking at ways to improve process flow and eliminate paper in the Radiation Therapy Department of the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre."

"Another project is looking at the uptake and use of Telehealth in the delivery of care to cancer patients in remote communities. The co-op partnership allows us the opportunity to give students a chance to work on -- and in many cases lead -- projects like these. The students bring to us fresh ideas from the classroom and the experience they have gained from previous co-ops."

Co-op tips


Share your career goals and interests with friends, family, professors and acquaintances. You never know who might have a lead on a job opportunity in your field.

Get involved

In addition to co-op, try something new—join a club or volunteer—to gain some extra skills. It might even lead to a future job opportunity.


Every life experience helps you build competencies—knowledge, skills and attributes—that can help you stand out to employers. Some program-specific competencies for health information science include:

  • Apply knowledge of clinical and biomedical concepts, processes and technologies
  • Understand key information technology concepts and components
  • Contribute to information management principles and best practices
  • Understand the health systems in Canada and the contributions of health informatics
  • Understand and contribute to management and organizational plans and strategies
  • Apply project management principles including collaboration and evaluation
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