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:
        • 43.5 units core (or 42 if BIOL waiver completed)
        • 9 units of lower-level electives (or 10.5 units if BIOL waiver completed)
        • 7.5 units of approved senior electives
  2. a minimum of three Co-op work terms.

Model plan

Fall Spring Summer
First Year - 15.0 units

HINF 115 - Programming for Healthcare

ATWP 1351 - Academic Reading and Writing

HINF 130 - Introduction to Health Information Technology

BIOL 150A2 or BIOL 150B2 or EPHE 1412 or BIOC 1022 


HINF 112 - Introduction to Health Information Analysis

ENSH XXX – Choose any ENSH1XX
or 2XX (e.g., ENSH 202
Technical Communications: Written
and Verbal)

HINF 140 - Introduction to the Canadian Health Care Systems

MATH 151 - Finite Mathematics





Second Year - 15.0 units

HINF 200 Principles of Health Database Design

HINF 2023 - Introduction to Professional Practice

HINF 230 - Organizational Behavior and Change Management

STAT 252 or STAT 255 

HINF 350 - Human Aspects of Healthcare Information Systems


HINF 201 - Database Management and Development for Health Care Systems

HINF 265 - Health Care Delivery Organization

HINF 280 - Biomedical Fundamentals



HINF 001 -Co-op work term#1



Third Year- 15.0 units

CSC 375 - Introduction to Systems Analysis

HINF 320 - Project Management

HINF 335 - Health Information Standards

HINF 381 - Epidemiology, Population Health and Public Health


HINF 002 - Co-op work term#2

HINF 310 - Electronic Records and Decision Support Systems

HINF 330 - Legal and Security Issues in Health Informatics

HINF 345 - Networks, Interoperability and Systems Security

HINF 351 - Information Technology Procurement

HINF 371 - Clinical Methodologies




Fourth Year- 15.0 units HINF 003 - Co-op work term#3

HINF 410 - Information Management and Technology

HINF 420 - Societal and Ethical Implications of Information Technology

HINF 450 - Health Information System Design

HINF 461 - System Evaluation and Quality Improvement

HINF 470 - Trends in Health Informatics

HINF 485 - Artificial Intelligence in Health Care or SENIOR ELECTIVE4







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 ATWP 101 prior to (but not after) ATWP 135 as their ENSH xxx.
  2.  Students with Grade 12 Biology or Physiology and Anatomy must complete a Request for Change to CAPP form and must take 1.5 units of additional elective (which can be one of these courses). Students without credit for Biology 12 or Physiology and Anatomy must take one these courses.
  3. HINF 202 must be taken prior to first co-op work term.
  4. Students are required to select a minimum of 7.5 units from the list of Approved Senior Electives.
Normally completion of all courses listed in first 4 terms will be required prior to undertaking the 1st work term.

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 and second year 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
  • International students must submit a copy of their Co-op Work Permit prior to accessing the Co-op Job Portal
  • complete the comprehensive Professional Practice course (HINF 202) before the first work-term.  This is to help prepare students for their applications, interviews and hiring process. It's typically offered in the fall term and students will register for it along with their other courses.

For questions or concerns regarding co-op eligibility, please contact the Co-op Coordinator.  

**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.