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Health informatics is a specialized industry experiencing rapid change and demand; rise to meet these challenges through our Certificate in Health Informatics. The field needs professionals who have balanced exposure to IT, healthcare, and management fundamentals – a combination offered by our unique and award-winning program. Through individual course specialization, you can expand your knowledge of healthcare-specific information technology to further your career in health informatics or to break into this field.

Industry and Careers
This certificate offers flexible elective course options for specialized pathways in data analytics, programming, securities, privacy, and information technology management.

This certificate can lead to career paths in various roles. Here are some examples:

  • Analytics manager
  • Clinical informatics analyst
  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Decision support analyst
  • Health data analyst
  • Health informatics analyst
  • Medical informatics analyst
  • Quality improvement specialist

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Healthcare professionals who wish to formalize and expand their knowledge of industry-specific uses of information technology in order to progress in their career
  • Healthcare professionals that are seeking the academic training to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the CPHIMS-CA Certification. 
  • IT professionals who are interested in applying their technical skills within the health sector
  • Internationally educated professionals with a background in IT or the health sector who seek a better understanding of healthcare and health information management in the Canadian context

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Understand how information technology is applied in healthcare services, including electronic health records (EHR), eHealth, healthcare software applications, and healthcare data
  • 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-centred care

Are you looking for a career in healthcare that merges your interest in business, operations, and people management? Then you should check out our Certificate in Health Services Management.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 3 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 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@ryerson.ca.

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Professional Designations and Accreditation

Badge for Digital Health Canada Continuing Education Provider

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 

Awards and Financial Aid

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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 three 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 820
  • You are an IT professional who wants a better understanding of healthcare systems and managing health information: CHIM 301, 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: CTEC 210
  • You are interested in human resources management aspects of health organizations: CHSM 437, CMHR 405, CMHR 640, 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

How long will it take to complete the certificate?

Most students complete this certificate in three years. Ryerson requires that you complete the seven-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

CHSM 305

 

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

CHSM 305

Elective

 

CHIM 300
 

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

CHSM 306 or
CLAW elective or
CHIM 301

*If you registered prior to Fall 2020, you are required to complete the curriculum as outlined here.

*If you registered prior to Fall 2020, and have not completed 50% of the certificate, please contact CE@ryerson.ca to review your options available for Certificate completion.

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Email:  ce@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

If you do not have a background in health information, you should complete CHIM 303.
You should select CMHR 405 if you wish to pursue CMHR 650, as CHSM 437 does not provide a prerequisite for CMHR 650.