Dr. Elizabeth Borycki, recipient of the HSD Teaching Excellence award

2018 HSD Teaching Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Borycki, 2018 recipient of the HSD Teaching Excellence awards presented by the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria

Dr. Elizabeth Borycki teaches, researches, consults, and publishes on health informatics, the science of managing digitized health systems and analyzing health data. She is a professor with the School of Health Information Science and is recognized around the world as a leading health informatics scholar and researcher.

In 2016, Dr. Borycki created the curriculum for the only Nursing and Health Information Science double-degree program in Canada. In doing so, she promoted gender equity in the information technology world. Today, the majority of Health Information Science students at UVic are female. The team at UVic is currently educating the largest intake of undergrads in the school’s 36-year history.

Dr. Borycki studies best practices on a global scale and shares that knowledge with her health informatics students. The school attracts high interest locally and globally, graduating desirable professionals to forge new advances in health information technology.

Dr. Borycki, the program director for Social Dimensions of Health and Health and Society, also represents Canada on behalf of two global associations and travels internationally to observe best practices in other countries.

Having been on the frontline of health informatics for more than 15 years, Dr. Borycki sees the health technology sector as one of optimal growth, innovation and stable employment. Close to 100 per cent of graduates are working, enjoying excellent salaries and stimulating work while remaining in high demand on a global scale.

“As technology advances, there is more we can do, and so much more to know,” says Dr. Borycki, who was recently inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics. “Which means it’s a great time to be a health informatics student.”

The bi-annual international conference on Health Information Technology and Communication will be held in Victoria February 14 to 17, 2019. Born out of a meeting held in 1986 between the School of Health Information Science and the B.C. Ministry of Health, this conference continues to grow and draw an increasing number of delegates worldwide. Not surprisingly, Dr. Borycki was one of the co-scientific program committee chairs for this important event, now marking its 15th year.