HPME: Health Informatics MHI

Master of Health Informatics

Program Description

The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) is a professional program which provides graduates with expertise in clinical information and communication technologies (ICTs) required to lead organizational and health system change. The MHI degree program prepares health informaticians to bridge the gaps between clinicians and ICT specialists.

There are two options available to complete the MHI:

  • ​​Regular MHI option: This is designed for individuals who are not currently in a health informatics profession and are seeking a career in the field. Applicants to this option should not be employed full-time.

  • Executive MHI option: This is designed for individuals who are currently employed in the health informatics profession and are interested in pursuing leadership positions and other career development. Applicants to this option must be employed in the health informatics sector and have an executive sponsor at their place of employment.

 

Regular MHI Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Eligible undergraduate degrees include those in a health sciences or social sciences specialty, Regulated Health Professions in Ontario, or a computer science or information science specialty with the equivalent of a minimum mid-B average in the last academic year.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Successful applicants normally have relevant professional experience as a health services professional (e.g., manager or administrator) or health sciences/ clinical practitioner with demonstrated basic literacy and/or programming skills in computer applications relevant to the health sector, or a computer or information technician within a health-care setting or health software vendor.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​required coursework (7.5 FCEs),

    • elective coursework (0.5 FCE), and

    • a four-month, full-time practicum or field placement (MHI 2005Y [2.0 FCEs]).

  • ​​Degree requirements will be completed in 16 months across four consecutive sessions.

Required Courses for the Regular MHI Option

​HAD ​5010H
​Canada's Health System and Health Policy: Part​ I​
​INF 1003H
​Information Systems, Services, and Design​
INF 1341H
​Systems Analysis and Process Innovation
​INF 2183H
​Knowledge Management and Systems
​MHI 1001​H
​​Information and Communication Technology in Health Informatics
​MHI 1002H
Complexity of Clinical Care​
​MHI 2001H
Fundamentals of Health Informatics​
​MHI 2002H
​Emergent Topics in Health Informatics
​MHI 2003H
​Emerging Applications in Consumer, Public, and Global Health Informatics
​MHI 2004H
Human Factors and Systems Design in Health Care​
​MHI 2006H
Advanced Topics in Health Informatics (Strategic Frameworks for Solution Architecture)​
​MHI 2007H
​Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
​MHI 2008H
Project Management for Health Informatics​
​MHI 2009H
​Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics
​MHI 2011H
Performance Measurements in Health Care: Theory and Application​

Practicum Course

​MHI 2005Y
​Practicum Placement

Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to select an elective that allows them to focus on their individual areas of interest in health informatics. For this reason, the MHI program does not impose a selection of electives. Students are free to choose from all graduate courses across all disciplines at the University of Toronto. All selections are subject to approval in advance by the Program Director and ​the IHPME Chair.

​MHI 2010H
Extend​ed Health Informatics Practicum​
MHI 2012H Introduction to Big Data for Health: Foundations and Methodologies
​MHI 3000H
Independent Reading for Health Informatics​

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

​3 years full-time

 

Executive MHI Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Eligible undergraduate degrees include those in a health sciences or social sciences specialty, Regulated Health Professions in Ontario, or a computer science or information science specialty with the equivalent of a minimum mid-B average in the last academic year.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • Successful applicants normally have relevant professional experience as a health services professional (e.g., manager or administrator) or health sciences/ clinical practitioner with demonstrated basic literacy and/or programming skills in computer applications relevant to the health sector, or a computer or information technician within a health care setting or health software vendor.

  • Additional requirements for the executive MHI option are as follows:

    • active employment in a health informatics role or capacity; and

    • an executive sponsor at the site of employment, committed to supervising and supporting the student's program including the health informatics project; see program requirements below.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) ​as follows:

    • ​​required coursework (7.5 FCEs),

    • elective coursework (1.0 FCE), and

    • a four-month, employer-sponsored Health Informatics Project (MHI 2015Y [1.5 FCEs]).

  • The executive MHI degree requirements will be completed in 22 months across six consecutive sessions.

Required Courses

HAD 5010H
Canada's Health System and Health Policy: Part 1
​INF 1003H
Information Systems, Services, and Design​
​INF 1341H
Analyzing Information Systems​
INF 2183H
Knowledge Management and Systems​
​MHI 1001H
​Information and Communication Technology in Health Informatics
​MHI 1002H
Complexity of Clinical Care​
​MHI 2001H
Health Informatics I​
MHI 2002H
​Health Informatics II
MHI 2003H Emerging Applications in Consumer, Public and Global Health Informatics
​MHI 2004H
​Human Factors and Systems Design in Health Care​
​MHI 2006H
Advanced Topics in Health Informatics (Strategic Frameworks for Solution Architecture)​
​MHI 2007H
​Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
​MHI 2008H
or
HAD 5731H
or
HAD 5733H
Project Management for Health Informatics
or
Translating Leadership into Practice
or
Health Services Finance
​MHI 2009H
Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics
​MHI 2011H
Performance Measurements in Health Care: Theory and Application
​MHI 3000H
​​Independent Reading for Health Informatics

​Practicum Course

MHI 2015Y
​​Health Informatics Project​​

​Elective Courses

Students are encouraged to select an elective that allows them to focus on their individual areas of interest in health informatics. For this reason, the MHI program does not impose a selection of electives. Students are free to choose from all graduate courses across all disciplines at the University of Toronto. All selections are subject to approval in advance by the Program Director and the IHPME Chair.

MHI 2012H Introduction to Big Data for Health: Foundations and Methodologies
​MHI 2016H
Health Informatic​s Project Extension​
MHI 3000H Independent Reading for Health Informatics

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (S/F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time