Medical Health Informatics

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Welcome to medical health informatics

Medical Health Informatics is an interdisciplinary field that brings together computer sciences, the medical sciences and health care, to achieve better health for Canadians.

What do informaticians do?

Informaticians have the knowledge and skills to assist in the creation and use of health-related data, as well as the implementation and applications of information/communication technologies in the health system that will enable and support all aspects of safe, efficient and effective health services (e.g., planning, research, development, organization, provision, evaluation of services).

Health informatics professionals:

  • Work with health care providers including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, researcher and the public;
  • Develop computer simulations for study of complex disease and patterns in health;
  • Develop decision support tools for clinical and administrative decision making;
  • Safeguard, access and interpret large volumes of data from hospitals, clinical trials, patients and doctors

Honours Specialization in Medical Health Informatics

Students combine foundational courses in both the medical sciences (such as understanding the biochemistry and pathophysiology of disease) and computer sciences (in algorithms, data structures, databases, computer networks and human-computer interaction). Additional course in health informatics and health information management are offered through the Department of Pathology. Enrolment in the module is limited and lead to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree.

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Courses

Medical Health Informatics 4100F – Health Informatics (No Longer Offered)

MHI 4100F (Introduction to Health Informatics) – Fall Term

The flow, management and use of health data across integrated health facilities, clinical information systems and the care continuum will be examined. Implementation of complex health information systems will be explored, including security and privacy of health information, adoption of new technologies, team and project management.

Prerequisite(s): Enrolment in Year 4 of either an Honors Specialization in Pathology and Toxicology or an Honors Specialization in Medical Health Informatics, or enrolment in Year 4 of Software Engineering (Health Informatics option) offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or permission of the course director.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

Medical Health Informatics 4110G – Health Information Management (No Longer Offered)

MHI 4110G (Health Information Management) – Winter Term

Fundamentals of Health Informatics including: an overview of the health care system; computer systems; communications/information theory; data types, standards, quality, uses and users; and HI applications. Uses of computers in health care with emphasis on various clinical support and clinical information systems and the electronic health record and its achievability.

Prerequisite(s):  Medical Health Informatics 4100F or the former Pathology 4100F; and enrolment in Year 4 of either one of the following Honors Specialization modules: Pathology, Medical Health Informatics, One Health or enrolment in Year 4 of Software Engineering (Health Informatics option) offered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or permission of the course director.
Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course. 

Medical Health Informatics 4980E – Seminar and Research Project

MHI 4980E (Seminar and Research Project)

Major research project and weekly seminar course for the Honours Specialization in Medical Health Informatics. Includes: i) theory and practice of research methodology and critical appraisal of research literature, ii) an independent research project supervised by faculty, and iii) preparation of a research proposal and final written research project report.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Year 4 of an Honors Specialization in Medical Health Informatics.
Extra Information:  Minimum 12 laboratory hours per week plus 3 seminar hours per week.