Andrew Abuleal, a Health Information Science student, worked to improve healthcare at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi on an international work term in Kenya.  He supported the implementation of the MEDITECH Expanse electronic health record system, which made it easier for care providers to keep records and fostered safer, more comfortable experiences for patients.

Our co-op program allows undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable experience in the field.

Prior to the first scheduled co-op term, all students complete an Introduction to Professional Practice course designed to prepare you for the work term. This will help you to enhance your skills assessment, résumé and cover letter preparation, interview skills and succeeding in the professional workplace.

While on the co-op term, you are supported by the co-op Coordinator and receive direct supervision from an assigned workplace supervisor.

Who hires our co-op students?

All our students are employed in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  Some recent employers include:

  • Island Health

  • Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Fraser Health

  • Interior Health

  • University Health Network

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • Mt. Sinai Hospital

  • BC Center for Disease Control

  • Telus Health, Procura

  • CGI

  • Maximus Canada

  • Cerner Corp

  • and many more!

What our co-op students do?

Work undertaken by our students is incredibly varied.  Some of them are more interested in technical areas and might work for a private electronic records company, making program changes to the back end of an Electronic Medical Records system.  Others will be involved in the testing phase of a system, ensuring that it works as it is supposed to. 

Some co-op jobs will focus on project management, working with teams of people (clinical and technical) to ensure that an information/data management project moves along smoothly from beginning phase (procurement) to the end (final implementation and go-live). 

Others will be working with data analytics, helping others to extract health data and use it to improve healthcare decisions for patients or entire health regions.

We will help our students to develop the important competencies during their co-op work-terms including communication, teamwork, managing information, project management, research and analysis and more.  To learn more about UVic student co-op experiences, plese click here.

Health Information Science Co-op Students of the Year

UVic's Health Information Science Co-op Student of the Year 2023 is... Olivia Correa!

Olivia held a position at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in the Vancouver General Hospital with CST Go Live Support. She was thoughtful in her work and strived for a deeper understanding of her directed tasks which allowed her to improve upon them and provide recommendations for improving information gathering processes. One of the many skills she gained on co-op was successfully navigating the many different team dynamics she was working with, to not only produce high quality work, but to also build strong professional relationships. Olivia has done such amazing work and is a fantastic representative of the Health Information Science program.

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