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

Fall Spring Summer
First Year - 15.0 units

HINF 1121 - Introduction to Health Information Analysis

ATWP 1352 - Academic Reading and Writing

HINF 130 - Introduction to Health Information Technology

BIOL 150A3  or BIOL 150B3  or EPHE 1413  or BIOC 1023 


HINF 1154 - Programming for Healthcare 

ENGL xxx - Choose any ENGL1XX
or 2XX (e.g., ENGL 225 -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 2025 - Introduction to Professional Practice

HINF 230 - Organizational Behavior and Change Management

STAT 252 or STAT 255 




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 350 - Human Aspects of Healthcare Information Systems

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

Senior Electives6(7.5)



Please see the BC Transfer Guide for course equivalencies. 

  1. CSC 110 - Fundamentals of Programming I, can be substituted for HINF 112.
  2. 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 ENGL xxx.
  3.  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.
  4.  CSC 115 - Fundamentals of Programming II, can be substituted for HINF 115.
  5. HINF 202 must be taken prior to first co-op work term.
  6. 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 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

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