This four-year, co-op program is for "big picture thinkers" in the world of health. The health industry is continually challenging us with new issues and problems.
- How can we make waiting times in emergency rooms shorter?
- How can a patient in an isolated community get the same expert care as a patient in a state-of-the-art, major city hospital?
- How can a patient's records, currently kept with a family doctor, be available to a hospital half way around the world because of a medical emergency abroad?
These are the types of problems a Health Informatics specialist would be asked to tackle. This rapidly emerging field is an interesting mix of health and information technology, and Conestoga is one of only two post-secondary institutions offering this degree in all of Canada. This field needs qualified graduates, with the Canadian government alone saying it could use 2,000 Health Informatics specialists right now! You can find careers working in research, hospitals, health organizations or many government agencies. Our Health Informatics Management degree is guaranteed to put you on the leading edge of technology and innovation!
The admission requirements and courses for this program are under review. Please consult the college website for updated information.
Bachelor Degrees in Applied Areas of Study
Conestoga's Bachelor degrees:
- are current and offer a balance of applied study and theory.
- offer integrated content across disciplines including business, liberal arts and sciences.
- are taught by highly credentialed faculty.
- are personal learning experiences with smaller class sizes.
- result in a graduate with thorough knowledge and co-op work experience.
- provide opportunity for further studies in a number of articulation agreements with universities world-wide
- are government approved and meet all Ministry standards.
Length: Four-year Academic Co-operative Bachelor Degree program Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2013 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer Location: Doon (Kitchener) Start: September First-Year Capacity: 30 Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
Manage patient care and administrative information systems that include data archiving, retrieval, programming, report generation, and interfacing such systems with the hospitals, community health agencies and offices of health professionals.
Ensure the ongoing efficient operation and evolution of core computer functions and networks in a variety of health care settings.
Apply problem-solving skills to priorities for health informatics in order to ensure high quality and safety of patient care.
Analyze, diagnose, and resolve technical issues associated with information systems in health care organizations.
Integrate the knowledge of the health care delivery system into functionality of health information systems.
Understand the following health science concepts and their importance for developing health care information systems: health and medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases.
Apply the concepts of organizational culture, human relations, and leadership to the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary teams.
Communicate effectively with members of a health care team.
Apply the principles and skills of business administration and leadership.
Apply psychosocial, economic and environmental concepts and values.
Adhere to professional, ethical and legal codes and standards.
Educate health care professionals in a use of health care information systems, including wireless methods to support patient care.
Conduct research with health professionals using theory and practice of health informatics to contribute to evidence based practice.
Develop plans for lifelong learning and professional development.
Practice health informatics knowledge and skills through co-op work terms in health care agencies.
To ensure successful completion of the program, it may be necessary to relocate or commute during co-op work terms
To be eligible to participate in any co-op work term, students must maintain the required academic standards for their program (see Co-op program page on college website for details)
The college cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office
Co-op & Career Services maintains comprehensive Co-op Policies & Procedures to which all co-op students must adhere (see Co-op program page on college website for details)
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses including four (4) required university preparation (U) courses and two (2) additional university (U) or university/college (M) courses.
The following Grade 12 U courses are required: Grade 12 compulsory English, Mathematics, and two of the following sciences: Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.
A minimum average of 75% is required.
THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS DEGREE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW BY THE MINISTRY OF TRAINING, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES. ALL INTERESTED STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
Applicants who do not possess a second science at the Grade 12 U level or whose average is between 65% and 74.9% will be considered on an individual basis. Please note that the course PSE4U Exercise Science will be considered acceptable as a second science.
Applicants who have successfully completed a one year Pre-Health Sciences program at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) will be considered for admission. Applicants must complete two terms (two credits) of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and two other courses and achieve at least a 75% cumulative average in the Pre-Health Sciences program.
Note re: Admission Requirements
Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL PBT 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band score less than 60; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. You will be eligible for admission to the degree program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Your placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Academic strength is calculated by averaging marks from the four required courses (see Admission Requirements) and the two additional OAC, U or M courses. If more than two additional courses are submitted, the courses with the highest marks will be used.
Final selection is made based on the academic strength as stated in the Admission Requirements.
A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Applicants must have basic computer literacy and provide their own laptop computer. (Laptop requirements will be provided prior to admission.)
Applicants should display integrity, reliability, maturity, self-direction, determination, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams and leadership.
To qualify for clinical/field placement learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information which will be provided by the College:
a clear (no convictions) Police Check for Vulnerable Sector
completed Immunization records
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
Conestoga College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting December 8, 2004. An application for renewal of the consent has been submitted and the current consent remains in effect until a decision on the renewal application is made. Conestoga shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.
Description: This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of data management in the health services setting. Topics include health record content and record management. Manual and electronic health record formats are explored, as well as issues of their usability, security, privacy, quality, access, and linkage to health care information systems. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Communication is at the heart of Health Informatics projects and organizations. This course cultivates an awareness of key aspects of communication: bridging the gap between oneself and others, using and citing sources, using simple, concise and direct language and proofreading accurately. The application of these skills to communicating with different audiences, crafting well organized letters, emails, memos, resumes, cover letters, and presentations, and using various media to express ones ideas clearly and correctly are the major focus of this course. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to information needs of health care professionals and the role of health informatics in a variety of health care settings. Students will prepare to work with health data and information by becoming familiar with the language and processes of health care, as well as sources, collection, storage, manipulation, retrieval and applications of health care data and information. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course provides students with a broad overview of the many facets of computing science in order to lay the foundation for understanding higher level information systems concepts. The lab component of this course will explore, through examples and practical work, the fundamental aspects of computing and will demonstrate applications with relevance to health informatics. The course will also require students to analyze, think critically and engage in discussions about ethical issues in computing. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to problem-solving techniques, programming logic and programming fundamentals. Topics will include programming basics such as data types, arrays, decision and control structures, as well as graphic user interface, event-handling, sequential files and fundamentals of current program design methodologies. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to relational database management systems. Topics will include: table design, table relationship design, database normalization, database optimization, query definition, and form and report development. These concepts are reinforced with practical exercises in creating queries, forms and reports to maintain and display the data in a database. The course will also introduce students to the concepts of data validation and security to ensure the integrity of the database. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The students will build on their foundation of computer science principles to develop an understanding of the operating systems layer, the applications layer, and the communications layer of computing. The course will allow students to explore the application of these computing layers in improving health care in a variety of health care settings. The students will advance their understanding of the limitations of computing in general, as well as in health care. The course will also require students to analyze, think critically and engage in discussions about ethical issues in computing as they explore the role of information systems in improving health care processes. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: INFO1765, INFO71765 CoRequisites:
Description: Students will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the planning and delivery functions of health care, including the Canadian health care system, factors affecting health policy formulation, health economics, and funding sources. These concepts will be discussed at the federal, provincial, regional, and organizational levels to prepare students for leadership roles as health informatics professionals. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will survey the challenges that have faced contemporary health informatics projects. Students will be introduced to approaches and tools that would allow them to be well prepared to address such challenges. The students will apply their learning to real life projects in health informatics. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will plan, write, test, and debug computer programs using current program design methodologies. They will learn how data and code can be encapsulated into modules or components to describe business and health entities, and how data can be hidden to maintain data integrity. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: PROG1880 or PROG71880 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will focus on comprehensive theoretical understanding of group process, personal skill development and application through intensive team work. These skills are of critical importance in both professional and social settings. Through guided exploration and application of theoretical paradigms and practical strategies, students will achieve the necessary skills to succeed in and lead effective teams. The course consists in an intensive experiential approach ? learning by doing ? enabling participants to become effective, practiced team members with experience applying skills necessary for leadership, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, and conflict management. Individual and team activities enhance participants skills to work with a variety of personalities in diverse situations, and to effectively assume various professional roles within a team. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will focus on communicating business and technical information effectively. Building on the skills learned in Foundations of Communication for Health Informatics, students will study business communication theory/practice and apply the knowledge to planning, drafting, revising, critiquing, and presenting business correspondence and reports. Students will also develop skills in research and professional oral presentations through assigned projects. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: COMM1580 or ENGL71580 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the biomedical terminology typically encountered in health care documentation. The students will become familiar with the structural units of the body and associated physiological functions. The students will explore the relationship between clinical information, its documentation in health record, and its importance in health informatics and information management in health care. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The students will be introduced to types of data and common statistical measures used in health care. They will develop skills in applying data quality frameworks to health data in order to improve processes. The course will give students an opportunity to perform data analysis using different statistical approaches, and to present data in various formats to specific audiences. The students will discuss proper uses of statistics in health care and their impact on decision-making. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce clinical information systems used in various health organizations. It will provide students with the knowledge required to maintain and implement, using a component based approach, clinical information systems such as electronic medical records, lab, pharmacy and radiology systems. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course introduces the student to Structured Query Language. The topics discussed include Data Definition Language to create and modify a tables definition, and Data Manipulation Language to extract and modify data in a table. This course will consist of practical, hands-on exercises (in class and assignments) covering comprehensively aspects of SQL programming, using various relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as Oracle, MySQL, and MS Access. The exercises will be introduced in a paced, conceptually structured manner and, when appropriate, side-by-side with their theoretical counterparts, in order to facilitate understanding. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: COMP1038, COMP71038 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will expose students to the complexity of the health care related environments in which information systems are developed, implemented or applied. Students will observe information systems in a health care related organization, and complete a report on the application within one health care related practice environment. The report will identify the information needs of one specific area, and discuss the strengths and limitations of the hardware and software currently in use. Hours: 160 Credits: 6 Pre-Requisites: HIM1050 or HIM71050, ADMN1220 or ADMN71220, INFO1765 or INFO71765 CoRequisites:
Description: Building on Health Records Concepts, this course introduces the students to the classification and abstracting systems used in health care. The students will examine the purpose of coding for information management in health care. The students will be exposed to a variety of coding systems, including ICD-10-CA/CCI, ICPC, DSM-IV, SNOMED and others. Different abstracting systems and registries currently used in Canada will be explored. The roles of various health information management related organizations will be discussed. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Building on the concepts covered in Biomedical Concepts I, the students will be introduced to the main principles of pathology and pathophysiology of various diseases. They will become familiar with different signs and symptoms of their relationship to different pathological conditions. The students will gain an understanding of the concepts of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, as well as the impact of various factors on the structures and functions of the human organism. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: HIM71080, HIM1070 or HIM1080 CoRequisites:
Description: This mandatory course prepares degree level students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, networking and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues. Hours: 16 Credits: 1 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Through an overview of fundamental health informatics concepts, this course will provide a theoretical perspective on the trends and issues related to computerization in health care, including challenges and opportunities. Topics include definitions of fundamental concepts in information science (e.g., data, information and knowledge), issues that pertain to representation of information (e.g., coding, classification) as well as a review of information systems (e.g., electronic health record), communication systems (e.g., computer networks, telehealth) and decision support systems (e.g., intelligent systems, monitoring systems) in healthcare. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to systems analysis methodologies. Topics will include project initiation, business process reengineering, requirements gathering, object oriented analysis; static and dynamic modeling of systems and presentation skills. Emphasis will be placed on health industry practices and documentation skills in a team environment. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Basic statistical and research methods and their application to analysis of data will be explored. Students will develop skills at reading and understanding research literature in health informatics, and gain expertise in evaluating the reliability and validity of research data. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of the issues related to the field of adult education. It is intended for students with little to no teaching experience who have an interest developing these skills. The primary goal for this course is to study a sub-category of adult education known as workplace training. This course is highly participatory in nature; students will frequently be practicing their training skills in terms of teaching small groups of their peers as well as the class at large. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: SOC71500 CoRequisites:
Description: The course is a study of individual and group behaviour (specifically in health organizations) as influenced by social, individual, organizational, and technological constraints. Topics include personality; attitudes; motivation; group dynamics; roles, norms and status; decision-making; power and control; conflict; change; and leadership. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will establish fundamental design concepts and processes. Students will explore proportion, positive and negative space, and representational, abstract, and symbolic images. Students will begin to recognize effective composition and visual design, developing the ability to visualize and make aesthetic decisions to communicate competent design solutions. The course will also introduce students to the opportunities and limitations of interactive design. Students will learn to utilize current interactive design and authoring tools. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The objective of HIM3030 is to develop an appreciation for epidemiology and public health. Principles and methods of epidemiology will be discussed, including the role of epidemiology in health care planning. Applications of health informatics will be explored. Additional topics such as research ethics, critical reviews of the literature, and data analyses will also be covered within the course. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Building on principles covered in Web Applications Development I and drawing on project management, and management and organizational behaviour principles, this work integrated course will expand students web development skills by exploring recent web technologies and applying them to a healthcare related web development project. Students will integrate knowledge of research methods and epidemiology with web application design principles, information architecture, health informatics, and high quality health care processes to the design of their project. Students will get practical experience with toolkits that support various aspects of what is broadly called Web 2.0 technologies: AJAX, Microformats, Atom/AtomPub, RDFa and Social Networking. Finally, students will be introduced to the ?programmable web? through such topics as REST and semantic web technologies. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: HIM73040 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will prepare health care professionals to manage projects within their own area and across disciplines. The course will identify the skills and competencies of an effective project manager. The students will develop a major project using project management software specific to health project management for clinical research, health information, and health care quality management. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in health care informatics environments. The students are able to apply knowledge and skills learned in Year I of the Health Informatics Management program. Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication.This course will increase the students understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Hours: 420 Credits: 14 Pre-Requisites: CDEV71050 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in health care informatics environments. The students are able to apply knowledge and skills learned in Year II of the Health Informatics Management program. Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication, and the fundamentals of ethics and ethical decision-making. This course will increase the student's understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes. Hours: 420 Credits: 14 Pre-Requisites: CDEV1020 or CDEV71050 CoRequisites:
Description: In this course students will investigate some of the theoretical and practical approaches to supporting health care decision-making processes at clinical and administrative levels. The course begins with a background section on the theoretical foundations of decision support systems which include cognitive aspects of decision making and mathematical fundamentals. Further, the students will examine the various types of decision support systems and approaches in a sequence that reflects their application domain (e.g., individual patient decision support or administrative decision support) as well as the tradeoff between their usability and usefulness. The course will focus initially on data-driven and intelligent decision support which includes biomedical signal processing (e.g., medical imaging, bioinformatics, monitoring and control systems), data mining, knowledge discovery and case-based reasoning. The course will continue with knowledge-based decision support systems based on heuristic modeling and statistical approaches to representing biomedical knowledge in the context of protocol-based, evidence-based and administrative decision support systems. The course concludes with a series of case studies with examples of successes and failures of decision support applications in healthcare. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: RSCH2010 or RSCH72010 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to apply the methodology of Continuous Quality Improvement in health care and health informatics management, including current models and theories. Students will develop an understanding of the information needs for quality improvement monitoring, hospital report cards, and balanced scorecards. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: The students will be provided with the skills needed to manage the development and deployment of complex multi-tier Web Applications and Services, and also to manage the integration of health information systems. The course will also include an overview of current systems integration techniques and middleware. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the importance of a framework for collecting, extracting, organizing, interpreting, analyzing and presenting health related data from multiple sources. The students will become familiar with the expectations of various stakeholders for information management in health care. The students will apply their knowledge of existing data collection systems to learn how to respond to queries and assist users to identify the data required for reporting purposes. The students will acquire knowledge and skills for facilitating the required data extraction processes, performing the data quality ?fit for use? checks, and doing the analysis for the requestor based on the understanding of the request. The students will utilize software packages that allow for analysis and presentation of data. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: In this course, advanced topics in health informatics related to development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of health information systems are explored through a series of relevant case studies. Topics include: planning and developing IT strategies, describing enterprise IT solution architectures, aligning IT solutions with strategy, assessing and ensuring value from IT solutions, and emerging health informatics technologies. The course is designed to review the topics from multiple previous courses through a collection of real-world case studies. The main purpose of this course is to revisit the core disciplines of HIM within implementation scenarios rather than teaching new foundational building blocks. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and computer systems security and how they are interconnected in a health care context. Students will learn the core concepts of security, at both the technology and policy levels, and the importance of addressing them in a health care environment to ensure that individuals are able to maintain control over their health information and its appropriate disclosure. In a hands-on fashion, they will also apply the process of threat modeling to an existing system as a means of identifying and documenting the potential threats against that system. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide an overview of organizational change in order to understand the process of change, human reaction to change, and the effects of change on the organization. The students will examine leadership competencies in the context of successful change and develop approaches to managing change that will help avoid common problems evident in many change initiatives. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce the student to the processes and methodologies used to select and procure Information Technology products and services. Topics will include: requirements determination, Request for Proposal process and preparation, the selection and evaluation process, and issues associated with integration, multiple vendors, implementation, contracts, service level agreements, and health industry guidelines, regulations and legal requirements. Emphasis will be placed on health industry practices, documentation and presentation skills in a team environment. Students will be assigned to a project team involved in a case study. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Graduates will have skills in Health Sciences, Information Technology, Management Sciences, Interpersonal and Communication for managing health care data, information, and knowledge using appropriate information and communication technology.
100% of 2010-2011 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.
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