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Health Information Science

The Health Information Science (HIS) Co-op program is mandatory program for undergraduate students studying HIS, meaning you'll automatically take part as part of your degree.

For graduate students, co-op is mandatory for students pursuing the Master or Nursing & Master of Science In Health Informatics double degree.

For all other HIS graduate students, participation in the co-op program is optional.

Office & contacts

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office: Human and Social Development Building, A204

Co-op coordinator: 
Jason Bond

Co-op assistant: 
Katie Rowe

Program facts & formats

Undergraduate programs

These are mandatory co-op programs – you are automatically enrolled as a health information science student and required to complete 3 work terms.

Graduate programs

We offer graduate students an optional co-op opportunity in these program areas: 

The following double degree program includes a mandatory co-op component. You are required to complete 2 co-op work terms.

Available formats:

  • traditional co-op
  • work experience program

Learn more about these types of co-op.


Co-op students pay a co-op tuition fee for each work term. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay your tuition fee after you secure a co-op work term.

You'll pay your fees according to the same tuition fee deadlines as regular course fees.

Fees per work term for undergraduate students:

  • domestic students: $776.20
  • international students: $1,510.16

Fees per work term for graduate students:

  • domestic students: $776.20
  • international students: $976.27

Note that the graduate co-op tuition fee is different than the graduate installment fee. If you are a grad student and register for a co-op work term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program fee  
  • the grad ancillary fees

If you register for a course (e.g. thesis 596 or 598) and a co-op work term in the same term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op program tuition fee
  • the course tuition fee
  • the grad ancillary fees

Questions about co-op tuition fees? Email us or call 250-721-7032 for assistance.

Average salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including:

  • your previous work experience
  • the industry you're working in 
  • the responsibilities of your co-op job

Here is an average monthly salary for a work term in health informatics: 

  • undergraduate: $3,129.66
  • graduate: $4,080.11

View salary estimates for all programs.

Work terms

The number of work terms depends on the co-op format:

  • co-op (undergraduate programs): 3 work terms
  • co-op (graduate programs): 2 work terms (for co-op designation)
  • work experience program: 1 work term (graduate program)

Learn more about:

Sample jobs

  • project analyst
  • clinical informatics analyst
  • business analyst
  • health systems planner
  • health records administrator
  • systems designer
  • systems coordinator
  • technical application lead
  • solutions architect
  • information architect
  • clinical research associate
  • information officer
  • program coordinator

Get support

We're here to support you with every step in your co-op journey, from applying to co-op to making sure you're supported at work. Contact your co-op coordinator or office for assistance.

If you identify as having a disability or a mental health condition, if you belong to an equity group, or if you identify as Indigenous, we have additional supports for your co-op experience.