BSc in Health Information Science

Health Information Science is about connecting the worlds of technology and health care. To span these worlds, you'll need expertise in both fields.

We offer a four-year co-operative education program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science which gives you expertise in both healthcare and information technology. The program is normally full-time but under special circumstances, with permission of the director, part-time entry may be possible.

Program requirements

To meet the program requirements of the degree in Health Information Science, you must complete:
  1. 60 units comprising:
      • a core of 43.5 units
      • a minimum of 7.5 units of approved senior electives
      • 9 units of other electives
  2. a minimum of three Co-op work terms.

Model plan

First Term Second Term Third Term
First Year - 15.0 units

CSC 110 (1.5)  - Fundamentals of Programming I

*ENGL 1351 (1.5) - Academic Reading and Writing

HINF 130 (1.5)  - Introduction to Health Information Technology

**BIOL 150A or 150B or EPHE 141 or BIOC 102

**Electives (3.0 or 4.5)2

CSC 115 (1.5)  - Fundamentals of Programming II
or HINF 115 (1.5) Programming for Healthcare

ENGL xxx

HINF 140 (1.5)  - Introduction to the Canadian Health Care Systems

MATH 151 (1.5) - Finite Mathematics


Second Year - 15.0 units

HINF 200 (1.5)  - Principles of Health Database Design

HINF 202 (0) - Introduction to Professional Practice

HINF 230 (1.5)  - Organizational Behavior and Change Management

STAT 252 (1.5) - Statistics for Business


STAT 255 (1.5) - Statistics for Life Sciences I


STAT 260 (1.5) - Introduction to Probability and Statistics I

Electives (3.0)

HINF 201 (1.5) - Database Management and Development for Health Care Systems

HINF 265 (1.5) - Health Care Delivery Organization

HINF 280 (1.5) - Biomedical Fundamentals

Electives (3.0)

Co-op work term#1
Third Year- 15.0 units

CSC 375 (1.5) - Introduction to Systems Analysis

HINF 320 (1.5) - Project Management

HINF 335 (1.5)   - Health Information Standards

HINF 350 (1.5) - Human Aspects of Healthcare Information Systems

HINF 381 (1.5) - Epidemiology, Population Health and Public Health

Co-op work term#2

HINF 310 (1.5) - Electronic Records and Decision Support Systems

HINF 330 (1.5) - Legal Issues in Health Informatics

HINF 345 (1.5) - Networks, Interoperability and Systems Security

HINF 351 (1.5) - Information Technology Procurement

HINF 371 (1.5) - Clinical Methodologies

Fourth Year- 15.0 units Co-op work term#3

HINF 410 (1.5) - Information Management and Technology

HINF 420 (1.5) - Societal and Ethical Implications of Information Technology

HINF 450 (1.5) - Health Information System Design

HINF 461 (1.5) - System Evaluation and Quality Improvement

HINF 470 (1.5) - Trends in Health Informatics

Senior Electives3 (7.5)


Please see the BC Transfer Guide for course equivalencies. 

1. *Students who need to strengthen reading and writing skills before attempting a course that meets the Academic Writing Requirement may take ENGL 101 prior to (but not after) ENGL 135 as their ENGL xxx.

2. **Students with credit for Biology 12 will take 4.5 units of electives. Students without credit for Biology 12 will take 3.0 units of electives and one of the following:

EPHE 141 (1.5) - Introductory Human Anatomy

BIOC 102 (1.5) - Biochemistry and Human Health

BIOL 150A or BIOL 150B (1.5) - Modern Biology

3. The University maximum allowed is 6 courses per academic term which means that students who are able and wish to do so can add a senior elective to any of the academic terms rather than waiting to take them in the final summer as illustrated in the model. Check out more about the senior elective courses in the HINF undergraduate calendar.

Co-op eligibility

To be eligible to take part in the co-op work term process, you must meet all of the conditions below:

  • have completed all courses listed in the first four terms of the model program
  • have a GPA of 4.0 or better
  • be a student in good standing (not on probation)
  • currently be enrolled in a minimum of four (4) courses
  • not have any deferred exams outstanding

Prior to going on to your first work term, you must provide a completed student checklist for co-op eligibility form to the School’s Co-op Office.

**Note: Any deviation from the above will require written permission from the Director of the School.

The University Calendar is the authoritative source for complete lists of course selection and program requirements.