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Applied Health Information Science (Bachelor of) (Co-op)

Credential:
Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
1131C
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This four-year co-op Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (BAHIS) degree program is for individuals who want to have an impact on the health-care system at a broad conceptual and strategic level. The health-care industry is continually challenging us with new issues and problems.

- How can we shorten wait times in emergency rooms?
- How can a patient in an isolated community get the same expert care as a patient in an urban, state-of-the-art hospital?
- How can a patient's records, currently kept with a family doctor, be available to a hospital half way around the world when a medical emergency occurs?

Conestoga's Applied Health Information Science degree is Canada's only four-year undergraduate degree program to be accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). As a result of the accreditation, graduates of the BAHIS program will be eligible to challenge the national certification examination and enter the field of Health Information Management (HIM) as certified professionals.

Our BAHIS degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills in health informatics and information management to enable them to make a difference in healthcare. As health informaticians, graduates contribute to the quality of care that people receive by providing essential information to both individuals receiving care and to health-care professionals. They also help ensure the best use of health-care resources by facilitating the tracking of health-care services and the evaluation of better ways to provide service. They can contribute to improving the usefulness of new e-health software within health-care organizations.

Conestoga is one of only two post-secondary institutions offering this degree in Canada. This field needs qualified graduates - the Canadian government indicates it could use 2,000 health informaticians right now! Our Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science degree will put graduates at the leading edge of technology and innovation.

Program Information

Length: Four-year Academic Co-operative Bachelor's degree program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

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Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for Applied Health Information Science (Bachelor of) (Co-op) - Program # 1131c

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38
Full time Degree Tuition $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3225.00 $3225.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $4127.44 $3872.44

Year Total $7999.88

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38
Full time Degree Tuition $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3225.00 $3225.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $101.00 $0.00
Session Total $4228.44 $3872.44

Year Total $8100.88

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 5 & 6 & 7
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015-Coop
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46 $0.00
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38 $0.00
Full time Degree Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50 $0.00
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $3225.00 $3225.00 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $4127.44 $3872.44 $0.00

Year Total $7999.88

Doon - Fall 2014 Level 9 & 10 & 11
Description Fall 2014-Coop Winter 2015 Spring 2015
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $0.00 $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $0.00 $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $0.00 $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $0.00 $192.38 $192.38
Full time Degree Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $0.00 $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $0.00 $4.50 $4.50
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $0.00 $3225.00 $3225.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $255.00 $0.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $255.00 $3872.44 $3872.44

Year Total $7999.88


International fee details for the 2014-2015 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2014 / 2015) for
Applied Health Information Science (Bachelor of) (Co-op) - Program # 1131c


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 1 & 2
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7822.44 $7272.44

Year Total $15094.88


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 3 & 4
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $101.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
Session Total $7923.44 $7272.44

Year Total $15195.88


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 5 & 6 & 7
Description Fall 2014 Winter 2015 Spring 2015-Coop
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $47.90 $47.90 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $66.60 $66.60 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $26.95 $26.95 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.05 $25.05 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $123.46 $123.46 $0.00
Program Services Fee $192.38 $192.38 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $55.60 $55.60 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $105.00 $105.00 $0.00
CSI - CSA $4.50 $4.50 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
ISR $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7447.44 $6897.44 $0.00

Year Total $14344.88


Doon - Fall 2014 Level 9 & 10 & 11
Description Fall 2014-Coop Winter 2015 Spring 2015
International Program Tuition $0.00 $6250.00 $6250.00
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $47.90 $47.90
Recreation/Athletics Fee $0.00 $66.60 $66.60
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $26.95 $26.95
Administration Fee $0.00 $25.05 $25.05
Technology Enhancement Fee $0.00 $123.46 $123.46
Program Services Fee $0.00 $192.38 $192.38
CSI Capital Development Fee $0.00 $55.60 $55.60
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $105.00 $105.00
CSI - CSA $0.00 $4.50 $4.50
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
ISR $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $550.00 $6897.44 $6897.44

Year Total $14344.88

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Co-op Information

Graduate Opportunities

  • Our graduates have careers as data analysts, clinical analysts, project managers, software developers, privacy officers, implementation coordinators, and consultants.


86% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ADMN71220 Health Information Management I

Description: This course introduces students to the profession of Health Information Management (HIM). Foundations of data and information management in Canadian health care will be a core focus of the course. Health care documentation, in both paper-based and electronic formats, and the steps of the health information life cycle will be discussed. Students will begin to apply biomedical terms, abbreviations, and acronyms to health care documentation. Students will be introduced to ethics, legal, regulatory, privacy, and confidentiality issues related to information management in Canadian health care.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ENGL71000 Academic Communications

Description: This course is intended to develop the communication skills required in academic studies, which will translate into useful writing and presentation skills in Canada's increasingly intercultural professional and technical domains. Students will practice planning, drafting, and revising documents. The complex process of researching, creating, and revising arguments will encourage critical thinking, grammatical writing, and appropriate citation skills. Correct formatting of research papers and effective oral presentation skills will be emphasized.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIM71050 Health Informatics I

Description: This course will introduce students to the discipline of health informatics. Through work-integrated learning opportunities connected to health care related organizations, case studies and discussions, the students will develop an understanding of the core concepts of health informatics and how they are applied to practical health care related situations. By discussing historical perspectives, current developments and future trends in health informatics, students will start developing an appreciation for a variety of topics such as information needs of healthcare professionals and administrators, leadership, strategic planning, project management, change management, system implementation, medical errors, and others.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIM71080 Biomedical Concepts I

Description: This breadth course introduces students to the structural and functional units of the human body and to some of the relevant pathological entities. Students become familiar with the biomedical terminology typically encountered in health care documentation and explore the relationships between clinical information, health records documentation and clinical decision making including the importance for health informatics and information management in health care.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

INFO71765 Information Systems I

Description: This course provides a foundation to the technical aspects of Health Information Science, and focuses on desktop computing. Students will learn how to perform basic hardware troubleshooting, how to install and use different operating systems, how to use common productivity applications to analyze basic data and communicate ideas, and how to leverage tools, services and content from the Internet. Students will apply course concepts by using their own laptop.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
COMP71038 Database Concepts I

Description: This course introduces students to relational database management systems. Topics include: database design, normalization, optimization, query definition and form and report development. Concepts of data validation and data integrity are also explored and reinforced with query, form and report creation exercises for maintaining and displaying data in relational databases. Practical database design and normalization skills are developed through class exercises and a healthcare-relevant database design and management course project.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIM71090 Information Systems II

Description: This course provides a foundation to the technical aspects of Health Information Science, and focuses on enterprise computing. Students will learn how to use virtualization and virtual machines, how to troubleshoot and configure basic networks, how to install and use server operating systems, how to manage security threats, and how to take advantage of Cloud-based services and resources. The benefits and drawbacks of using different types of enterprise technology will be discussed. Students will apply course concepts by using virtual machines on their own laptops and within the Cloud.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: INFO1765, INFO71765
CoRequisites:

HIM71100 Solving Problems in Health Informatics

Description: "This course will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their problem solving skills in health informatics through application of systems and process improvement methodologies. The students will analyze selected cases from local, national, and international health informatics projects. The course will expose students to a variety of tools to improve their problem solving strategies, ability to work in teams, leadership and interpersonal conflict management skills."
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIM72020 Governance and Structures of Health Care Systems in Canada

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:

PROG71880 Programming Concepts I

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:

SOC71500 Group Dynamics

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:

Level 3
ENGL72000 Professional Communication

Description: Effective communication is at the heart of any successful professional work environment. This course teaches students key aspects of communication: bridging the gap between oneself and others; using simple, direct, and correct language; using and citing sources; and editing and proofreading accurately. The focus will be on creating effective workplace documents such as letters, memos, proposals, abstract, summaries, and reports. Students will combine informative and persuasive communication skills to create these documents and to develop and deliver oral presentations.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ENGL71000
CoRequisites:

HIM72010 Introduction to Data Analysis

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:

HIM73000 Biomedical Concepts II

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: HIM1070 or HIM1080 or HIM71080
CoRequisites:

INFO71750 Clinical Systems I

Description: In this course students gain exposure to clinical information systems by researching and documenting typical clinical workflows, scenarios and use-cases. Some of the clinical and administrative functions that are explored are: scheduling, admission, discharge and transfer (ADT), inpatient and outpatient pharmacy management, lab test order management, patient vitals collection and analysis, barcode medication administration (BCMA). Students are encouraged to think inter-professionally and required to research and document the information needs and roles of various healthcare team members such as information system administrator, clinical application coordinator, ADT clerk, pharmacy technician/pharmacist, laboratory technician, doctor, nurse, etc.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PROG72050 Database Concepts II

Description: This course introduces the student to Structured Query Language. The topics discussed include Data Definition Language to create and modify a table's 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 or COMP71038
CoRequisites:

PROG72300 Programming Concepts II

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:

Level 4
HIM71060 Health Informatics Field Studies

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:

HIM72040 Health Information Management II

Description: The course introduces students to theory and practice related to coding, abstracting, grouping and case weighting approaches. Various healthcare coding systems will be examined, and coding and abstracting standards will be applied. The application of Canadian grouping and weighting methodologies will be examined. The students will apply knowledge of biomedical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology to the coding process.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: ADMN71220
CoRequisites:

HIM73010 Biomedical Concepts III

Description: This course will allow students to integrate their knowledge of normal and pathological processes in the human body, and to apply biomedical terminology. The students will develop the ability to analyze information in a health record to verify its completeness. The students will analyze information in the record to determine appropriateness of the diagnosis and treatment. The course will allow the students to link their learning of biomedical concepts to the work of health informatics and information management professionals.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: HIM3000 or HIM73000
CoRequisites:

PROG73410 Database Concepts III

Description: This course builds on previous courses in relational database design by allowing students to analyze healthcare-related business needs and design appropriate business intelligence solutions to support decision making. During lectures students will learn about the fundamentals of business intelligence by exploring the design and implementation of data marts, ELT, data cubes and reporting. Through a course project and individual assignments, students will develop hands-on skills by developing meaningful data solutions for real-world scenarios and situations.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOC73160 User Training and Adult Education

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:

Level 5
CDEV71050 Co-op and Career Preparation

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:

HIM72030 Health Informatics II

Description: This course provides students with a patient-focused perspective on health informatics. Theoretical topics include definitions of fundamental concepts in information science (e.g., data, knowledge, information, and modeling) and issues that pertain to the acquisition, representation, organization, retrieval and communication of health data, knowledge and information. The notions of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and evaluation in Health Informatics are analyzed in depth. The project component of this course requires students to model detailed clinically-plausible patient journeys.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

HIM73040 Web Applications Development I

Description: This course will introduce students to the development of web-based health care applications by building on their existing programming and database skills. The focus will be on patient-centered and data analysis web tools that complement the more traditional clinical systems. The course will begin by exposing students to core client side web technologies such as: HTML to express application content, CSS to present that content, and JavaScript to dynamically update both content and presentation elements in a web page. Students will then use a web application framework to dynamically generate HTML content based on data stored in a backend database. In addition to developing their own web applications students will also be exposed to existing web publishing tools, as well as learning how to deploy their solutions using both the Apache and IIS web servers. Finally, students will cover more advanced JavaScript topics in order to develop even richer web based user interfaces.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

INFO72200 Systems Analysis and Design

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:

RSCH72010 Research Methods/Statistics in Health Sciences

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:

Electives: Interdisciplinary
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Interdisciplinary Elective Details
Level 6
BUS73120 Management and Organizational Behaviour

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:

HIM73030 Epidemiology, Population Health and Public Health

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:

HIM73050 Web Applications Development II

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:

INFO74030 Information Technology Planning and Procurement

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:

MGMT73450 Project Management

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:

Electives: Interdisciplinary
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Interdisciplinary Elective Details
Level 7
COOP71450 Co-op Work Term 1 - HIM

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 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: CDEV71050
CoRequisites:

Level 8
COOP72150 Co-op Work Term 2 - HIM

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:

Level 9
HIM74000 Health Information Management III

Description: This course applies principles of health information management to improving healthcare processes, health outcomes, and patient safety. Secondary uses of health data including healthcare registries and databases will be analyzed. The students will evaluate the quality of health data and associated organizational practices at different levels of health care in Canada. The students will also evaluate current records management practices used within the legislative and regulatory requirements in Canadian health care. The role of modern technology in health information management will be analyzed.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: ADMN71220, HIM72040
CoRequisites:

HIM74020 Decision Support Systems

Description: In this course students explore theoretical models and practical approaches to supporting decision-making processes in healthcare. The theoretical underpinnings of decision support systems, including cognitive aspects of decision making and mathematical fundamentals, are presented using case studies and examples of successes and failures of decision support in healthcare. Students examine 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). Topics range from data-driven and intelligent decision support (e.g., medical imaging, monitoring and control systems, natural language processing, data mining, knowledge discovery and case-based reasoning) to knowledge-based decision support systems based on heuristic modeling and statistical approaches to representing biomedical knowledge.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: RSCH2010 or RSCH72010
CoRequisites:

HIM74070 Security Privacy and Confidentiality

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:

INFO74000 Clinical Systems II

Description: This project-based course addresses theoretical and practical aspects of designing, developing and testing clinical information systems using mainstream technologies and standards as well as a component-based approach to system development. Students gain insights into technology and architectural aspects of existing, real-world clinical information systems that are used as resources and reference models for prototyping and improving new designs. The practical work aims at designing, developing and testing prototypes with limited functionality that cover a limited subset of the functions and components of real-world clinical information systems. Students are encouraged to think inter-professionally and are required to test and evaluate their prototypes based on real clinical staff feedback.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

INFO74040 Systems Integration

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:

Electives: Interdisciplinary
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Interdisciplinary Elective Details
Level 10
DSGN73060 Visual Design

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:

HIM74030 Health Care Quality Improvement

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:

HIM74050 Health Informatics III

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:

HRM74010 Change Management

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:

LIBS7180 Interpersonal Conflict Management Skills

Description: Without exception, every relationship of any depth has conflict. Conflict can be regarded as a negative force to be avoided or controlled, or it can be seen as an opportunity for strengthening relationships, self-awareness and development. The course will examine different factors that contribute to interpersonal and intrapersonal (intrapsychic) conflicts and discuss and apply appropriate skills and strategies to manage conflicts effectively.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: Interdisciplinary
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Interdisciplinary Elective Details

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MSDNAA Program-Paid Software For Students/Faculty

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance ( MSDNAA ) software is available as an included Program resource (i.e. no cost to you) if you are registered in this Program or are registered in at least one course that is part of this Program's curriculum.

You will access the downloads of this software through ELMS E-Academy License Management System (ELMS). For more information about MSDNAA please visit MSDNAA Overview. To access the software you need to pay attention to the following information:

For Students:
  • You must be an active student in this Program (be currently registered in this Program or registered in at least one course in this Program's curriculum with fees paid).
  • Adhere to the license terms of the MSDNAA Student Use Agreement.
  • Go to the MSDNAA Software Center (link provided at the last item) to download your software. Please read MSDNAA software download instructions if you need some help. Be sure to record the software SERIAL NUMBER (if available, some free software doesn't have serial number).
  • After installing you need to register (Activate) your software by using your software serial number. Click window list menu button at the left bottom corner, click all programs, select the program you installed, navigate to the help menu, enter your serial number. You can refer to the MSDNAA How-To Videos for help.
  • When you are ready, go to the MSDNAA Software Center to get your MSDNAA software.

    For Faculty:
  • You must be an active faculty in this Program (currently teaching course(s) in a Program in this School).
  • Adhere to the license terms and program usage guidelines
  • Go to the MSDNAA Software Center (link provided at the last item) to download your software. Please read MSDNAA software download instructions if you need some help. Be sure to record the software SERIAL NUMBER (if available, some free software doesn't have serial number).
  • After installing you need to register (Activate) your software by using your software serial number. Click window list menu button at the left bottom corner, click all programs, select the program you installed, navigate to the help menu, enter your serial number. You can refer to the MSDNAA How-To Videos for help.
  • When you are ready, go to the MSDNAA Software Center to get your MSDNAA software.

    If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Conestoga MSDNAA support.

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SEP, 2015 Doon Open
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