Health Informatics Program (Postgraduate) (T402)

Program Description

Program Overview

This program is geared toward health care and information systems professionals currently employed or with experience in a health care or technology environment, or who have an interest in the advancement of information technologies in the health care delivery sector.

Efforts are made towards evening and weekend classes; however, some courses are scheduled during daytime hours. See Full Description section for further information.

Full Description

The evolution of information and communication technologies is transforming the healthcare system and creating new ways of accessing and exchanging information. These changes endeavour to benefit patient care. These technological changes also impact the health care sector. Healthcare and information systems professionals currently employed or with experience in a healthcare or technology environment, or who have an interest in the advancement of information technologies in the healthcare delivery sector, will be interested in this program.

The Health Informatics graduate certificate program brings together professionals in health-related and information technology sectors to develop specialists in health informatics who can respond to the current and emerging needs of health care systems. This intensive program is designed for IT, health care or related professionals who aspire to enter into a health informatician/analyst role, or practitioners who wish to enhance their experience with formal education. As a student in this program, you will be engaged and supported by a team of health informatician/business system analyst professionals and faculty in developing critical skills and competencies in the areas of:

  • health care systems, technologies and trends
  • ethical, professional, legal and policy implications of health information systems technologies and health information standards
  • problem identification and analysis
  • documenting and analyzing health-care organization, health-user and solution requirements
  • process, workflow and system/solution modelling
  • project management
  • technical writing
  • leadership and management
  • business and system analysis techniques and core professional competencies such as analytical thinking and problem solving, communication and facilitation, and collaborative skills

The Health Informatics program provides breadth and depth of applied knowledge in the field of health informatics. A key characteristic that sets this graduate certificate program apart is the applied nature of the curriculum. Students will be immersed in the process of health informatics/analysis through case studies, industry projects and practical work experience, and will be responsible for developing solutions. The uniqueness of this program is in creating graduates with work-ready skills built through applied, hands-on experience.

Graduates of the program will have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to professional certification programs in Health Informatics and Project Management.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Formulate change strategies to implement appropriate health information systems technologies (HIST) within the health-care setting.
  • Apply business and system analysis techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of health information systems technologies within a health-related setting.
  • Design and protoype web and mobile health apps.
  • Integrate relevant standards and professional, ethical and legislative requirements with the appropriate health information system technologies.
  • Design training and education for the effective use of HIST.
  • Configure all aspects of an EMR used by physicians in outpatient settings and multidisciplinary clinics.

Hands-On Experience With A Commercial Emr

Arya Health, the maker of AryaEHR, a commercially available EMR, has partnered with the George Brown College Health Informatics program to give students hands-on practical experience with an EMR in use by physicians across Canada. Students will graduate having EMR experience on their resume, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace. George Brown College is the only College that offers this valuable experience. Find out more on AryaEHR's website.

IIBA Academic Membership

Academic Membership in the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) offers colleges and universities that have Business Analyst curriculums and care about advancing the BA profession within their student population the opportunity to participate in IIBA membership and benefit from IIBA’s other products and services. The Academic recognition programs offer the students of Business Analyst-related programs the opportunity to receive recognition from the IIBA.

New – Graduates Prepared To Write The IIBA Entry Certification In Business Analysis (TM) DESIGNATION (ECBA).

Students who successfully graduate from the program will be prepared to write the IIBA Entry Certification of Business Analysis designation from the International Institute of Business Analysis. This professional designation recognizes the student’s theoretical understanding of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK), as well as the context of business analysis applied across industries.

Learn more about the Entry Certification in Business Analysis (

Technology Requirements

This program requires students to have access to a personal laptop with the following specifications: 

  • Screen 13-inch minimum 
  • Webcam + mic 
  • 8 GB RAM 
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive (512 GB SSD is better) 
  • Quad-core i7 2.4GHz or better  
  • 2 TB (minimum) external hard drive  
  • Consistent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection (minimum 10 Mbs download speed recommended)

Program Delivery

Note on program delivery: Most courses are offered in the evening and week-ends. Some courses may be scheduled 2pm-6pm on weekdays.

Your Field Education Options

In semester 3, students complete a Work Integrated Project, or qualified students are eligible for co-op. Learn more about how to qualify, apply, and important dates for co-op on the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology Experiential Learning page.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to meet the requirements for positions such as:

  • project/program coordinator
  • service desk analyst
  • product analyst
  • apps analyst
  • testing analyst
  • privacy co-ordinator
  • training co-ordinator
  • clinical informatics co-ordinator
  • data co-ordinator
  • junior business analyst

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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