Outcomes and Competencies

MHI graduates are solution architects building professional careers with the necessary clinical, technical and leadership skills to bridge knowledge and cultural gaps common in the clinical and health care delivery sectors.

Graduates are ready for careers as health systems managers and information specialists able to —

  • Develop strategy, create policy and inform high level decision making.
  • Provide system analysis, assessment, solution architecture and project management.
  • Identify, implement and manage technological applications and change across the full spectrum of the organizational, clinical and technology structures of the health and health care delivery system.

Overall, our students build understanding of specialized language, culture, policies, psychosocial and organizational systems enables graduates to function comfortably in clinical, medial, community and technological domains.

Health Informatics Professionals are in Demand

EHealth, including electronic health records, clinical and consumer information technologies, and management of patient data, are major priorities at provincial and federal levels. Billions of dollars are being invested through Canada Health Infoway and eHealth Ontario, for example, to develop, implement and maintain eHealth solutions across health systems.

The COACH: Human Resources Outlook 2014-2019 report identifies a national shortage of skilled professionals to lead and manage this change.

The MHI Program is one of Canada’s only professional graduate-level programs that focuses on developing skilled professionals to meet the rising healthcare demand for informatics leaders. Our graduates are highly sought after and widely employed in most of the areas on the COACH and CHIMA Career Matrices (seen below). They are in positions as specialists, analysts, managers, directors and in other leadership roles to areas such as clinical informatics, implementation and project management, business intelligence and analytics and product management.

To learn more about the progression of careers in health informatics:

Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH) Career Matrix

Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) Career Matrix

Our Graduates are Solution Architects

MHI and its component courses clearly articulate learning outcomes that enable students to develop critical Health Informatics competencies.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of health care delivery policies and systems.
  • Understanding of the need for efficient information management to ensure patient privacy, improve systemic and clinical processes and enhance overall outcomes.
  • Knowledge required to contribute to the development of healthcare information and communication technology infrastructure, such as point-of-care informatics applications, electronic health records and other ICT.
  • Ability to facilitate the design and implementation of effective methods and processes for acquiring, processing and storing data.
  • Skills to develop appropriate models for evaluating information systems, classification systems, health ICT systems and the quality of health information services.
  • Aptitude at data analysis to produce information and transfer knowledge to meet needs of clinicians, managers and decision makers.
  • Analytic skill at approaching systemic, organizational and cultural issues associated with the implementation of e-health initiatives across the clinical, medical, community, and technological domains of health care.
  • Development of interpersonal, communication and leadership skills, including conflict resolution and change management.
  • Strategic skill at evaluation of business and healthcare delivery practices focusing on structure, process and outcomes measurement and improvement.