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Health Information Science

Become a health informatics expert. Health information science (also knows as health informatics) is the study of:

  • how health data is collected, stored and communicated
  • how this data is processed into health information suitable for administrative and clinical decision making
  • how computer and telecommunications technology can be applied to support these processes.

You will learn to identify what information and data are needed and used to make effective healthcare decision by doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, government planners and other health care professionals.  Our program is a world leader in the field and our program models have been implemented around the world.

Degree programs offered

In our MSc program, you’ll learn to identify critical information and data so that healthcare professionals, patients and lay people can make effective decisions. You can study in either our on-campus stream or the distributed (online) stream. You’ll complete coursework and complete either a thesis or a research project.

Our double-degree option lets you study nursing and health informatics side-by-side. You'll become a nursing leader in this rapidly expanding field. You’ll study areas of health technology like telehealth and electronic health care records.

In this program you’ll complete coursework and either a thesis or research project. This program requires two co-op terms.

In our PhD program, you'll use your scientific knowledge to advance the field of health informatics. You’ll learn how to translate your findings into practice and policy for a diverse society.

Many of our PhD graduates:

  • Assume leadership roles in informatics and health care
  • Conquer new knowledge through research and testing of theory
  • Contribute solutions that advance health care in a culturally diverse society
  • Translate research findings into practice and policy at multiple levels
  • Reflect an interdisciplinary perspective in research and scholarly endeavours

This program is built on our core interdisciplinary specializations:

  • Design and structure of health information systems
  • Implementation and evaluation of health information systems
  • Health information systems applications

This program requires coursework, candidacy examinations and the completion of an original dissertation.

Learn the standardized language needed to share patient records in the growing world of web-based health communications. You’ll adopt standard terminology to allow for fast, effective communication.

This online certificate program is for professionals in the health sector. It is accredited by the Canadian College of Health Information Management.

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate, Certificate, Distance
Program delivery:
On-campus, Distance/Off-campus, Other: Online (MSc, GCE)
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Health information systems planning, design, implementation and evaluation
  • Health terminology standards
  • Human factors in health care
  • Health data science and AI
  • Mobile health and consumer health information
  • Health information systems safety

Find a supervisor

You may list a potential supervisor on your application, but this is not required.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Abdul Roudsari

Professor Modelling and Simulation in healthcare; modelling methodology for health resource management; clinical decision support, machine learning and artificial intelligence – development and evaluation of decision support systems; evaluation methodologies with particular application in telemedicine. More recently my interests have developed into : Telemedicine technology, temporal representation and reasoning; utilisation of business intelligence in healthcare; shared decision-making, personalised health records and environmental sensing for health. Application area Chronic diseases.

Alex Kuo

Professor Data interoperability; Health database & data warehousing; AI & Data Mining application in healthcare, and e-health.

Andre Kushniruk

Director, Professor Usability of Health Information Systems; Human Factors in Healthcare; Clinical Informatics; Consumer informatics; Decision Support Systems; Healthcare Decision Making; Cognitive Informatics; AI in Healthcare; Evaluation methods; Healthcare System Design; Data Analytics and Visualization

Dillon Chrimes

Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Dillon Chrimes is currently not available to supervise graduate students.

Elizabeth Borycki

Professor Health Information Science Human Factors (Safety, Workflow and Usability); Design (User Interfaces, Heuristics and Guideline Development); Implementation Science (Technology Strategy, Implementation and Evaluation); Knowledge Management (Information Needs; Information Seeking; Decision Support Systems); Virtual Care (Mobile Health, Sensors, Medical Devices, Smart Homes, Telehealth); Data Science (Analytics, Dashboard Visualizations and AI); Clinical Informatics (ePrescribing, eMedRec, eMedication Administration Systems, Electronic Health Records); Nursing Informatics; Health Informatics (Professional Competency Development, Curriculum Design)

Francis Lau

Professor Electronic health records; Evidence review; Implementation and evaluation of health information systems; Health terminology standards; Social determinants of health

Helen Monkman

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Advisor Human Factors; User Experience; Usability; Consumer Health Informatics; eHealth Literacy or Digital Health Literacy; Information Visualization.

Karen L. Courtney

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor Areas of interest: Telehealth; m-Health; Information Technology Ethics; Community-based Informatics; Gerontechnology; Nursing Informatics; Health Services Research; Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Simon Minshall

Assistant Teaching Professor Simon Minshall is currently not available to supervise graduate students.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by December 1 for September entry.
  • The application deadline for the Graduate Certificate in Health Terminology Standards is June 1 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at hisgrad@uvic.ca or 250-721-6459.

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