Host an MHI Practicum Student

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The practicum is the applied learning component of the Master of Health Informatics education.  From May to August, every MHI student participates in a full-time (600 hour/ 37.5 hours per week) professional practicum placement that counts for 20% of degree credits (2 FCE).

The practicum provides learners with the opportunity to build on MHI course learning and to employ related problem-solving skills. By the start of practicum, students will have completed more than 250 hours of in-class graduate instruction, in addition to workshops and projects.

Learn more:  Year One of the MHI Program
Contact us: Julia Zarb

Interested in Being a Preceptor?

Being a mentor to an MHI practicum student brings many rewards. Our preceptors help to educate the next generation of health informaticians while also filling a variety of immediate project needs. Many graduates have been hired by preceptor organizations who have been impressed with the quality of thought and effort demonstrated by MHI students.

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Ready to learn more or get started?

Julia Zarb  is the course instructor and MHI Program Director. Connect with Julia to discuss becoming a preceptor and involving your department or organization in the process.


In the Words of Our Preceptors

Saint Elizabeth has had the pleasure of working with several MHI program students over the past years. Being able to direct and tailor the practicum to our organizational objectives has meant a true partnership resulting in learning and outcomes for both Saint Elizabeth and the students.

Gale C. Coburn
Practice Consultant
Saint Elizabeth Health Care

The MHI provides an excellent opportunity for graduates to bridge their clinical knowledge and skills with both education and hands-on experience in the dynamic health information technology environment provincially, nationally and internationally. Our intern integrated easily into our corporate environment, making significant contributions to our health system improvement projects. This very positive experience ensures that MHI graduates will be clearly on our recruiting radar in the future.

Edward McDonnell
Principal and Senior Consultant
MD+A Health Solutions

A clear strength of the program is the students’ diversity of backgrounds. The MHI gives them an organizing perspective for the field that allows the integration of valuable existing skills with new skills to tackle the variety of challenges in the HI field. We have been able to match students with projects that leveraged their backgrounds while giving them an opportunity to work with technologies that were new to them.

Jim Tom
Chief Information Officer
Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion

It has been our experience that the MHI students working with our program have been mature, professional, independent learners. Each student assimilated quickly and easily into our team culture and function. Their learning goals have been aligned with the needs of our program and to that end, they produced useful products and tools. They have been a pleasure to work with.
Susan Hocking
Director, Telehomecare
Ontario Telehealth Network