MHI program receives recognition from Vector Institute of Canada

January 10, 2019

With the rapid emergence of artificial intelligence and its continued role in driving change across health care systems, IHPME is pleased to announce that the Vector Institute of Canada, has officially recognized our Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program as an AI-related graduate degree.

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Master’s degrees recognized by the Vector Institute undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure the curriculum delivered equips graduate students with the skills and competencies sought by the industry, effectively deepening the talent pool of highly qualified students from Canadian universities. Additionally, students enrolled in recognized AI Master’s programs are eligible for a Vector Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence, a merit based award given to high achieving students nominated by their respective programs.

Assistant Professor Julia Zarb, Director of IHPME’s MHI program, worked steadfastly to achieve this recognition that illustrates our Institute’s leadership in AI-based learning and the expertise of our faculty in preparing students to lead AI-based change. Students learn competencies responsible for innovation and knowledge-based implementation, and are required to complete an AI-based capstone project led by Zarb.

“Health informatics is very much about leading adaptive change in the system, and our profession translates well to addressing this rise of AI interest in healthcare – we have learned a lot about what to do, and not to do, in assimilating technology-based transformation,” said Zarb.

“Our students are working in academic and applied settings to understand how to best bring digital technologies and AI into play. With the demand for AI skills in the healthcare workforce growing rapidly this relationship with the Vector Institute will help our students access expanded resources and networks that will prepare them well for contribution to the field upon graduating.”