Degree Requirements – MHI & EMHI

Degree Requirements - MHI

MHI course content is built to develop skills to meet the fluid and evolving discipline of Health Informatics (HI).  As a result, students and faculty are engaged in a process of dialectical learning. Throughout the program, students are challenged to engage multiple perspectives to define and develop their own best roles within the discipline.

  • The MHI is a 16-month program (4 consecutive sessions), which requires the completion of 10.0 full course equivalents (FCE). There is no thesis requirement.
  • The program includes required coursework (7.5 FCE), elective course work (0.5 FCE) and a 4-month full-time practicum or field placement (2 FCE).
  • The program begins by introducing the theoretical and foundational knowledge of HI domains.
  • The program builds on knowledge and skill sets present within the diverse student group.
  • The program includes broad survey and experiential-based courses to expand theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to key areas in the discipline.
  • After the first year of study, students participate in a four-month applied learning opportunity practicum placement within a public or private healthcare organization.
  • In the final stage of the program, students participate in advanced seminars and an elective course that reflects their diverse interests, strengths and the current market demand.
  • Please refer to timetables for the most accurate and up-to-date instructor information.
Session 1 – Fall (Year 1) Session 2 – Winter (Year 1) Session 3 – Summer (Year 1) Session 4 – Fall (Year 2)

Session 1 – Fall
MHI1001H Information and Communication Technology in Health Care
This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of information and communication technology for those students with a non-technical background. The course will cover material that is relevant to health informatics and focus on the understanding of hardware and software systems. The proper design and specification of health information systems will be emphasized. The purpose of this course is to provide the students a sufficient background to understand the technical details of healthcare ICTs and apply their knowledge in the design and specification of systems.
MHI1002H Complexity of Clinical Care for Non-Clinicians
This course has been designed to provide non-clinicians (or International clinicians) with an overview of the clinical aspects of the Canadian health care system, focusing on the flow of health information amongst and between interdisciplinary health care providers in a variety of settings. The course will alternate between lectures/seminars (50%) and clinical site visits (50%), with relevant readings assigned as needed. Students will be exposed to clinical cases across the lifespan, covering major body systems and health care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between patients, providers, and health information, using complexity theory as a framework.
MHI2001H Health Informatics I
This course is designed to provide an overview of basic concepts and recurrent themes in Health Informatics (HI)- an emergent discipline that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval communication and use of health related data, information and knowledge. It will explore a number of topics central to understanding of the field including the history of and motivation for HI, Biomedical data, information and knowledge, information systems design for the health care domain, and organizational and societal issues.
INF1003H Information Systems, Services and Design
Fundamental perspectives and skills necessary for sound technical judgment about the place of information and communication technologies in contemporary society. Critical analysis of the design fabrication, deployment, use, and maintenance of information systems and services. Analysis of modeling, architecture, implementation, inclusive access, modularity, life-cycle, and interoperability. Use of and familiarity with programming languages, databases, interfaces, interactive technologies. Critical methods and analytic techniques from Science and Technology Studies and related disciplines.
INF1341H Analyzing Information Systems
In the information systems world, the system analyst acts as the intermediary between technical system developers on the one hand, and business managers and users on the other. Techniques have been developed to enable them to analyze business situations and communicate requirements to technical developers. With the rapidly changing role of IT in today’s organizations, there is also need to rethink the methods and techniques used in systems analysis. This course will cover traditional system analysis methods as well as recent developments. Modelling approaches will include process modeling, data modeling, object modeling, and strategic modelling. Strengths and limitations of various techniques will be examined.
Session 2 – Winter
MHI2002H Health Informatics II
This course provides an overview of applications of ICT to health care and biomedicine. Potential and actual benefits as well as the challenges associated with these applications will be discussed. Topics include Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), patient care systems, telehealth, clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS) and bioinformatics.
MHI2003H Consumer Health Informatics and Public Health Informatics
The course will give an overview of:

  1. how information technology and consumer health informatics are becoming an integral part of modern concepts of public health and national healthcare policies in many developed countries; and
  2. consumer and public health informatics applications, and also touch on public health informatics applications which specifically deals with population-level data collected and analyzed for or by public health professionals, for example for surveillance purposes.
MHI2007H Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of selected statistical analysis techniques relevant to health services research. Specifically, the course covers intermediate statistical methods normally found in research and work applications: analysis of variance for one-way and multi-way data with fixed, mixed and random effects models; linear and multiple regression; multiple correlation, analysis of covariance, repeated-measures analyses. In addition, students will learn about survey sampling, experimental design, and power analysis. The emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding of statistical techniques and their application to address real problems.
INF2183H Knowledge Management and Systems
The course aims to expose students to the issues of knowledge management in organizations and across communities, and to provide opportunities to learn and apply modelling and analytical techniques to understand the use of various types of information technologies in meeting organizational knowledge management needs.
MHI2004H Human Factors and Change Management in Health Services
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a sufficient background to understand the technical, organizational and individual issues associated with the changes related to the introduction of clinical computing solutions. It will address the socio-technical challenges of introducing information and communication technology into healthcare settings as well as cover contrasting strategies in the successful adoption and deployment of systems by introducing the fundamental concepts of human factors and the principles and strategies associated with organizational change management. The course will focus on psycho-social and behavioural issues and how they affect the design and usability considerations related to clinical applications and devices.
Session 3 – Summer
MHI2008H Project Management for Health Informatics
This web-based course covers the strategic, organizational and operational aspects of managing projects. Students learn to manage the technical, behavioural, political and cultural aspects of temporary groups performing unique tasks. Topics covered include: defining deliverables, formulating project strategy, effective group organization and management, dynamically allocating resources, managing without authority, and resolving conflict. Traditional cost and time management techniques are covered using contemporary software packages.
MHI2005Y Health Informatics Practicum (2 FCE)
The 4-month practicum will provide an opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge gained in course work directly in a health care related organization. Students are required to spend a minimum of 600 hours involved in appropriate, supervised field practice.
Session 4 – Fall
HAD5010H Canada’s Health System and Health Policy: Part 1
This course critically analyzes key issues and trends in Canada’s health care system using an analytic “tool kit” derived from the fields of health policy analysis and public administration.
MHI2006H Advanced Topics in Health Informatics (Strategic Frameworks for Solution Architecture)
This will be a weekly seminar course that will explore the basics as well as the advanced nuances of a broad spectrum of topics in the eHealth Innovation and Information Management. Students will be responsible to work on their own as well as within a group analyzing eHealth development. The course is comprised of the following: (1) a comprehensive review of the key concepts and theories from information theory which have been applied, or have viable application potential, to management in the health services industry, (2) identify and critically analyze the strengths and weakness of varying “traditions” in eHealth and information management, (3) critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of varying methodologies used to study issues in health services, and (4) prepare the student to formulate and clearly articulate relevant, topical questions and to develop viable strategies by which to address them.
MHI2009H Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics
This course is designed to demystify the evaluation process and give you the tools that you need to build a solid evaluation plan for every new eHealth project that you work on.
MHI2011H Performance Measurements in Healthcare: Theory and Application
The course will provide an overview of different models for performance measurement, indicator development strategies and a discussion of issues specific to several stakeholder groups in health care delivery.
Elective 1 half-course credit

HAD5731H-F
 – Translating Leadership into Practice
MHI3000H-F1 – Data Visualization in Health Care
MHI3000H-F2 – Introduction to Big Data for Health
MHI3000H-F3 – Interoperability Standards in Health Informatics
MHI2010H – Health Informatics Practicum Extension

Elective credits may be gained from other programs offered within IHPME and Dalla Lana or from other faculties within University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies. In order to take an elective not listed within, please contact the course professor and your program director for approval of entry. Work with the program assistant to ensure the correct Add/Drop form is complete.
Total Course Load

Year 1 – 11 half-courses plus MHI2005Y HI Practicum

Year 2 – 5 half-courses

Degree Requirements - Executive MHI

The Executive Master of Health Informatics (EMHI) program stream is designed for mid- to senior career candidates with clinical, business and technology-related healthcare backgrounds. This program option enables students to continue professional employment, sustaining career momentum, while gaining specialized health informatics knowledge.

  • EMHI is delivered via a 22-month modular format (6 consecutive sessions), which requires the completion of 10.0 full-course equivalents (FCE).
  • The program includes required coursework (7.5 FCE), elective coursework (1.0 FCE) and an employer-supported Health Informatics Project (1.5 FCE).
  • The program begins by introducing the theoretical and foundational knowledge of clinical and technological health informatics domains.
  • The program builds on knowledge and skill sets present within the diverse student group.
  • The program includes broad survey and experiential-based courses to expand theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to key areas in the discipline.
  • In the final stage of the program, students participate in advanced seminars and an elective course that reflect their diverse interests, strengths and the current market demand.
  • Please refer to timetables for the most accurate and up-to-date instructor information.
Session 1 – Summer (Year 1) Session 2 – Fall (Year 1) Session 3 – Winter (Year 1) Session 4 – Summer (Year 2) Session 5 – Fall (Year 2) Session 6 – Winter (Year 2)

Session 1 – Summer
INF1003H Information Systems, Services and Design
Fundamental perspectives and skills necessary for sound technical judgement about the place of information and communication technologies in contemporary society. Critical analysis of the design fabrication, deployment, use, and maintenance of information systems and services. Analysis of modelling, architecture, implementation, inclusive access, modularity, life-cycle, and interoperability. Use of and familiarity with programming languages, databases, interfaces, interactive technologies. Critical methods and analytic techniques from Science and Technology Studies and related disciplines.
MHI1002H Complexity of Clinical Care for Non-Clinicians
This course has been designed to provide non-clinicians (or International clinicians) with an overview of the clinical aspects of the Canadian health care system, focusing on the flow of health information amongst and between interdisciplinary health care providers in a variety of settings. The course will alternate between lectures/seminars (50%) and clinical site visits (50%), with relevant readings assigned as needed. Students will be exposed to clinical cases across the lifespan, covering major body systems and health care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between patients, providers, and health information, using complexity theory as a framework.
MHI2001H Health Informatics I
This course is designed to provide an overview of basic concepts and recurrent themes in Health Informatics (HI)- an emergent discipline that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval communication and use of health related data, information and knowledge. It will explore a number of topics central to understanding of the field including the history of and motivation for HI, Biomedical data, information and knowledge, information systems design for the health care domain, and organizational and societal issues.
Session 2 – Fall
INF1341H Analyzing Information Systems
In the information systems world, the system analyst acts as the intermediary between technical system developers on the one hand, and business managers and users on the other. Techniques have been developed to enable them to analyze business situations and communicate requirements to technical developers. With the rapidly changing role of IT in today’s organizations, there is also need to rethink the methods and techniques used in systems analysis. This course will cover traditional system analysis methods as well as recent developments. Modelling approaches will include process modeling, data modeling, object modeling, and strategic modelling. Strengths and limitations of various techniques will be examined.
MHI2007H Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of selected statistical analysis techniques relevant to health services research. Specifically, the course covers intermediate statistical methods normally found in research and work applications: analysis of variance for one-way and multi-way data with fixed, mixed and random effects models; linear and multiple regression; multiple correlation, analysis of covariance, repeated-measures analyses. In addition, students will learn about survey sampling, experimental design, and power analysis. The emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding of statistical techniques and their application to address real problems.
MHI2015Y Health Informatics Project
The Health Informatics Project course is designed on a consulting model to develop and deliver a project into each student’s place of employment. Healthcare leaders work alongside the instructor to mentor students in project development prior to onsite execution. The course requires approximately 400 hours of applied practice in a work setting and represents 1.5 credits in the MHI degree.
Session 3 – Winter
MHI2002H Health Informatics II
This course provides an overview of applications of ICT to health care and biomedicine. Potential and actual benefits as well as the challenges associated with these applications will be discussed. Topics include Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), patient care systems, telehealth, clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS) and bioinformatics.
INF2183H Knowledge Management and Systems
The course aims to expose students to the issues of knowledge management in organizations and across communities, and to provide opportunities to learn and apply modelling and analytical techniques to understand the use of various types of information technologies in meeting organizational knowledge management needs.
MHI2004H Human Factors and Change Management in Health Services
The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a sufficient background to understand the technical, organizational and individual issues associated with the changes related to the introduction of clinical computing solutions. It will address the socio-technical challenges of introducing information and communication technology into healthcare settings as well as cover contrasting strategies in the successful adoption and deployment of systems by introducing the fundamental concepts of human factors and the principles and strategies associated with organizational change management. The course will focus on psycho-social and behavioural issues and how they affect the design and usability considerations related to clinical applications and devices.
Session 4 – Summer
MHI2008H Project Management for Health Informatics
This web-based course covers the strategic, organizational and operational aspects of managing projects. Students learn to manage the technical, behavioural, political and cultural aspects of temporary groups performing unique tasks. Topics covered include: defining deliverables, formulating project strategy, effective group organization and management, dynamically allocating resources, managing without authority, and resolving conflict. Traditional cost and time management techniques are covered using contemporary software packages.
MHI2015Y Health Informatics Project (1.5 FCE)
The Health Informatics Project course is designed on a consulting model to develop and deliver a project into each student’s place of employment. Healthcare leaders work alongside the instructor to mentor students in project development prior to onsite execution. The course requires approximately 400 hours of applied practice in a work setting and represents 1.5 credits in the MHI degree.
MHI1001H Information and Communication Technology in Health Care
This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of information and communication technology for those students with a non-technical background. The course will cover material that is relevant to health informatics and focus on the understanding of hardware and software systems. The proper design and specification of health information systems will be emphasized. The purpose of this course is to provide the students a sufficient background to understand the technical details of healthcare ICTs and apply their knowledge in the design and specification of systems.
Session 5 – Fall
HAD5010H Canada’s Health System and Health Policy: Part 1
This course critically analyzes key issues and trends in Canada’s health care system using an analytic “tool kit” derived from the fields of health policy analysis and public administration.
MHI2011H Performance Measurements in Healthcare: Theory and Application
The course will provide an overview of different models for performance measurement, indicator development strategies and a discussion of issues specific to several stakeholder groups in health care delivery.
+ Plus 2 of HAD5731H-F – Translating Leadership into Practice
MHI3000H-F1 – Data Visualization in Health Care
MHI3000H-F2 – Introduction to Big Data for Health
MHI3000H-F3 – Interoperability Standards in Health Informatics
MHI2016H – Health Informatics Project (extension)

Elective credits may be gained from other programs offered within IHPME and Dalla Lana or from other faculties within University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies. In order to take an elective not listed within, please contact the course professor and your program director for approval of entry. Work with the program assistant to ensure the correct Add/Drop form is complete.
Session 6 – Winter
MHI2003H Consumer Health Informatics and Public Health Informatics
The course will give an overview of:

  1. how information technology and consumer health informatics are becoming an integral part of modern concepts of public health and national healthcare policies in many developed countries; and
  2. consumer and public health informatics applications, and also touch on public health informatics applications which specifically deals with population-level data collected and analyzed for or by public health professionals, for example for surveillance purposes.
 
MHI2006H Advanced Topics in Health Informatics (Strategic Frameworks for Solution Architecture)
This will be a weekly seminar course that will explore the basics as well as the advanced nuances of a broad spectrum of topics in the eHealth Innovation and Information Management. Students will be responsible to work on their own as well as within a group analyzing eHealth development. The course is comprised of the following: (1) a comprehensive review of the key concepts and theories from information theory which have been applied, or have viable application potential, to management in the health services industry, (2) identify and critically analyze the strengths and weakness of varying “traditions” in eHealth and information management, (3) critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of varying methodologies used to study issues in health services, and (4) prepare the student to formulate and clearly articulate relevant, topical questions and to develop viable strategies by which to address them.
 
MHI2009H Evaluation Methods for Health Informatics
This course is designed to demystify the evaluation process and give you the tools that you need to build a solid evaluation plan for every new eHealth project that you work on.
 
Total Course Load

Year 1 – 9 half-courses plus start of MHI2015Y HI Project

Year 2 – 8 half-courses plus completion of MHI2015Y HI Project