Certificate in Health Informatics

Offered by:  Faculties of Computer Science, Management and Law

Coordinator: Christian Blouin, cblouin@dal.ca, (902) 401-6334


The certificate in Health Informatics aims to train students in the world of health informatics, giving them the skills to develop and use information technology to create a better healthcare system.  Health informaticians work in an interdisciplinary environment incorporating computer science, medicine, health, nursing and business knowledge to improve healthcare and health outcomes.

Upon completion of this certificate, students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare systems and issues in Canada and Internationally
  2. Model health information flow in the real world and demonstrate knowledge of how to implement and effect change
  3. Apply health informatics principles to healthcare systems to facilitate decision support and clinical care
  4. Evaluate the scientific literature for academic rigor, particularly within the health informatics framework
  5. Express health informatics principles and values to non-health informaticians
  6. Practice health informatics ethically in the context of practice change
  7. Produce meaningful health analytics from existing healthcare data

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

Limited to students currently enrolled in the Master of Digital Innovation (MDI) program.

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements:

HINF 6101.03: Health Information Flow and Use

HINF 6110.03: Health Information Systems and Issues

HINF 6230.03: Knowledge Management for Health Informatics

Electives (Pick 6 credit hours from the following courses)

HINF 6102.03: Health Information Standards and Use

HINF 6210.03: Databases and data Mining for Health Informatics

HINF 6020.03: Research Methods

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of a concurrent degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program.  Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.