Health Information Management Program (C139)

Program Description

Leadership Claims

This program is accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)

The Canadian College of Health Information Management is a national, not-for-profit corporation that sets the accreditation standards for educational institutions and certification standards for health information professionals in Canada.

The Canadian College of Health Information Management sets the accreditation standards for educational institutions offering health information programs in Canada.

Program Overview

George Brown College's Health Information Management program prepares graduates to participate in the collection and organization of health information. Over the course of two years, students will develop the skills and knowledge they need to work as health information practitioners.

Full Description

George Brown College's Health Information Management (C139) is a two-year diploma program that focuses on providing the skills and knowledge needed by health information practitioners and prepares graduates to participate in the collection and organization of health information. This program is fully accredited by the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA).

The Health Information Management Curriculum content emphasizes:

  • biomedical sciences
  • health informatics
  • health record systems
  • medical classification systems and coding
  • data collection
  • statistical analysis and presentation
  • health-care legislation

Health Information Management practitioners:

  • work with health-care providers and stakeholders to transition from the paper health record to the electronic health record
  • develop, implement and maintain health information systems
  • protect patient information and promote confidentiality awareness
  • control the release of medico-legal information
  • evaluate standards of documentation according to established criteria
  • provide essential information for clinical research, quality improvement, utilization review, budgeting and other administrative applications

Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Health Information Management Association national certification examination. Please visit the Canadian Health Information Management Association website to learn more about this certification and the associated exam fee.

Note: Students in this Health Information Management program will be required to provide their own laptop computer for the duration of the program. Details regarding specifications will be provided.


Your Field Education Options

Field placement plays an important role in George Brown's Health Information Management program by giving students the chance to apply what they've learned in the classroom to a real-world environment.

During second year, field placement is integrated throughout semesters 3 & 4. Students will visit a partner office every Friday until the end of semester 4, at which point they will go on a three-week block placement. During that time, students will be expected to complete a project related to health data to include an analysis of data and health-data-related issues.

The type of sites where students can expect to conduct their field experiences include:

PLEASE NOTE: Some of our clinical or work placement partners may require students to show proof of full vaccination. As such, students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not be able to complete the required field placement component of their program in the regularly scheduled time frame.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Health Information Management practitioners are in demand as key members of the health care community. They work closely with many other health care professionals to contribute to the management of health information and quality care.

Health Information Management graduate employment opportunities exist within the public and private sectors with:

  • acute care hospitals
  • primary health-care teams
  • ambulatory care facilities
  • workplace health and safety boards
  • health record consulting firms
  • Canadian Institute of Health Information
  • specialized hospitals
  • community care centres
  • Ministries of Health
  • computer companies
  • research centres
  • insurance companies

Educational Pathways

Health Information Management graduates who are certified with the Canadian Health Information Management Association may apply to Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) to complete the Ted Rogers School of Management Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA).

Graduates of our program may also apply to the Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (BA HIS) degree at Conestoga College. Graduates are eligible to enter the two-year BA HIS bridging program.

For further information, see Transfer Guide.

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.

Latest Alumni Stories

"The Health Information Management program was the starting point in my health-care career. This program prepared me with the necessary knowledge and field placement experience to start in an entry level position even before graduation. This program brings value in hands-on experience integrated with knowledge and skills learned from the classroom. I feel the field placement component is a must-have in today’s world. The Health Information Management program at George Brown College will give you the best opportunity to advance in the industry."

Xiyuan (Siuwin) Wang
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