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Meet the growing demand for skilled health informatics professionals!

In response to the need to deliver less expensive and higher quality healthcare, the field of health informatics is experiencing rapid evolution and growth.

Designed for Canadian and internationally educated professionals who have a background in health or information technology, this award-winning certificate allows you to choose the courses that will give you the skills you need for success in the dynamic field of health informatics.

This program:

  • won the 2015 CAUCE Award of Excellence for Credit Programming Over 48 Hours
  • can be completed online or in-class
  • is eligible for OSAP
  • is comprised of degree credit courses
  • includes courses approved through Digital Health Canada to be used as Continuing Education hours towards the renewal of your CPHIMS-CA credential
  • offers students the opportunity to apply all, or most, of the credit earned through the certificate as transfer credits to a Bachelor of Commerce program at Ryerson or at other universities (subject to admission and the requirements of the degree to which you are applying)

What Will You Learn? 

  • Understand how information technology is applied in healthcare services, including electronic health records (EHR), eHealth, healthcare software applications, and healthcare data.
  • Explain concepts of Human-Computer Interface (HCI) design, analyze usability issues and integration within the healthcare delivery processes. 
  • Apply fundamentals of human interaction with computers including mental models, multimedia user interface, network-based interactions, and visual design principles. 
  • Demonstrate familiarity with healthcare coding terminologies, interoperability between diverse and distributed systems, and electronic data interchange standards.
  • Compare and contrast the various health systems operating within Canada and models for healthcare funding and planning.
  • Understand ethical issues as related to health information management.
  • Evaluate aspects of care provision, including provider-client relationships and integrated client-centered care.

Who Should Take This Certificate? 

  • Healthcare professionals who want to formalize, update, and expand their knowledge of industry-specific uses of information technology.
  • IT professionals interested in applying their technical skills within the health sector.
  • Internationally educated professionals who have a background in either the health or IT sector and want a better understanding of the Canadian context of healthcare and health information management.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors have extensive education and professional experience in healthcare, information technology and management. 

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Industry and Careers 

Career area wheel shoing health information manager, quality improvement coordinator, clinical project manager, health systems specialist, clinical applications coordinator, records and information manager, clinical data manager, information privacy coordinator, health informaticianDid you know?

  • In Ontario, nearly half of the total provincial budget is spent on healthcare.
  • In Canada, healthcare is among the largest industries, employing over 10% of the Canadian workforce.
  • The field of health informatics needs professionals who have balanced exposure to IT, healthcare, and management fundamentals – a combination offered by this unique program.

Health informatics is a dynamic field in which specific roles continue to evolve. Our career wheel demonstrates a variety of jobs that you might consider after successful completion of this certificate.

Recommended Course Sequence 

The recommended course sequence depends on your educational and professional background. All students enrolled in the certificate program must complete the four required courses which constitute “core knowledge” in health informatics. 

Your choice of electives will depend on your professional background and personal career goals. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information on how to choose elective courses that best meet your needs.

Professional Designations and Accreditation

The Chang School is an approved continuing education provider by Digital Health Canada

The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential signifies that a health informatics professional has the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform safely and effectively in a broad range of practice settings. Certified individuals must renew their credential by earning 60 Continuing Education hours, every three years, from an approved education provider, such as The Chang School.

To find out more about earning Continuing Education hours towards the renewal of your CPHIMS-CA credential, contact Pria Nippak, Academic Coordinator: pnippak@ryerson.ca 

Testimonial

“I work on the technical side of healthcare. I registered in The Chang School’s Health Informatics program to help keep my skills relevant and open doors for future opportunities. I had some fears about the differences between online courses and the traditional in-class model, but the instructors have been superb and very supportive. I also enjoy collaborating and interacting with fellow healthcare professionals. It provides opportunities to see what others in the field are doing, and has even given me ideas on how I can effect change in my own workplace.”

Daniel Smith
Data and Utilization Specialist, The Scarborough Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take a Health Informatics course before I register in the certificate?

Yes. If you are unsure about committing to the full certificate program, we recommend that your start with the three-course Course Series in Health Informatics, which does not require an application. Upon successful completion of the three courses, you may receive a Professional Development Award. 

If you then decide to complete the certificate, please submit the pre-approval form and, once accepted, you may enrol in the certificate and transfer in these three courses.

What electives should I take?

Choose the four electives that will best prepare you for success in the interdisciplinary field of health informatics. Your elective courses should complement your existing knowledge and skill-set while also supporting your future career goals. 

For personalized recommendations, you are encouraged to consult with the Academic Coordinator, Pria Nippak (pnippak@ryerson.ca) about the courses that best complement your competencies.

Sample recommendations for elective choice, based on your needs and goals, are below:

  • You are a healthcare professional who wants to better understand IT infrastructure, systems analysis and design: CITM 207, CITM 301, CITM 305, CITM 410
  • You are an IT professional who wants a better understanding of healthcare systems and managing health information: CHIM 300, CHIM 301, CHSM 305, CHSM 306
  • You are not familiar with current ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) standard classification systems and need practical coding skills as related to ICD: CHIM 303
  • You would benefit from specialized knowledge in the tools and techniques of project management as it applies to IT-enabled process improvement: CITM500, CITM750
  • You are interested in human resources management aspects of health organizations: CHSM 437, CMHR 405, CMHR 650
  • You are interested in information access and privacy issues as applied to health records: CLAW 401, CLAW 402
  • You want a better understanding of the political, economic and social complexities of healthcare systems and current issues in Canadian health information management: CHIM 404, CHIM 405

How long will it take to complete the certificate?

Most students complete this certificate in three years. Ryerson requires that you complete the eight-course certificate within five years of your admission to the program. 

If you are able to take two courses per term, you can complete the certificate within two years. The following tables provide sample pathways to completion for professionals with either a healthcare or IT background.

 Healthcare Background (assuming no IT training)

 

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

Fall

Winter

Required

CHIM 305
CHSM 301

CHIM 307

 

CHIM 306

 

Elective

 

CITM 301

Could take an elective to reduce load to one course in Fall or Winter

CITM elective or
CLAW 401

CITM elective or
other

 

IT Background (assuming minimum equivalent to CITM 100/102 and CITM 305)

 

Fall

Winter

Spring/Summer

Fall

Winter

Required

CHIM 305
CHSM 301

   

CHIM 306

CHIM 307

Elective

 

CHIM 300
CHSM 305

Take an elective to reduce load to one course in Fall or Winter

CHSM 306 or
CLAW elective or
CHIM 301

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 4 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*If you do not have a background in health information, you should complete CHIM 303.
You should select either CHIM 300 or CHSM 305, but not both, as they contain similar content.
You should select CMHR 405 if you wish to pursue CMHR 650, as CHSM 437 does not provide a prerequisite for CMHR 650.

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Admission Criteria

Required:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status with relevant work experience
    • With minimum of 1 year's related professional experience in the health or information technology sectors

Admission Application
You must complete an application for pre-approval and be approved before registering for your first course. To obtain an application, visit Forms and Documents. The completed application, together with transcripts, may be submitted to Melissa Johnson, Program Coordinator, at m1johnso@ryeson.ca.

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Professional Development

Professional Development Award: Health Informatics requires completion of three courses: CHIM 303, or CHIM 305, or CHIM 306, or CHIM 307, or CLAW 402.

Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Pria Nippak, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 4597
Email:  pnippak@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

If you do not have a background in health information, you should complete CHIM 303. You should select either CHIM 300 or CHSM 305, but not both, as they contain similar content. You should select CMHR 405 if you wish to pursue CMHR 650, as CHSM 437 does not provide a prerequisite for CMHR 650.