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Health Informatics Grad Cert GBC

Health Informatics Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

This Health Informatics Graduate Certificate program is focused on developing specialists with a 'dual' perspective who can integrate computational and managerial knowledge and experience with health related knowledge and experience.  This is to better respond to current and emerging needs of health systems.

This program is for you if you:

  • Are Currently employed or have work experience in either the healthcare or information industry;
  • Aspire to enter into a health informatician/analyst role;
  • Are already a practitioner who wishes to enhance your experience with formal education

You will be acquiring knowledge, skills and competencies so you can apply to professional certification programs in Health Informatics/Information and Management systems.  Critical skills and competencies will be developed 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

This graduate certificate program is unique due mainly to the applied nature of the curriculum.  You will be immersed in the process of health informatics/analysis through:

  • Case studies;
  • Industry projects; and
  • Practical work experience.

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Course Delivery

This Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Program is offered at the Casa Loma campus of George Brown College.

A comprehensive portfolio assessment phase is implemented to assist you in developing and mapping your learning plan for the initial and ongoing engagement in the program.

As part of your educational experience, you will be interacting within a technology-rich setting, and be exposed to a variety of cooperative learning environments that include:

  • Traditional classroom settings;
  • Computer laboratories;
  • Interactive living laboratories; and
  • Simulated learning environments.

There is a Work Integrated Learning semester when you will be taking practicums in a health-care environment take place in semester 3.


The Health Informatics program provides breadth and depth of applied knowledge in the field of health-care informatics. Ethical, professional, legal and policy implications of health information systems technologies and health information standards are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Upon completion, you will be able to meet the requirements for positions such as:

  • Clinical/IT project manager
  • Health technology leader
  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Health technology education/training specialist.

Learning Outcomes

The health care system is constantly being transformed as new ways of accessing and exchanging information are being created.  This is a due in great part to the evolution of electronic information and communication tools has made it imperative to develop specialists with a 'dual' perspective who can integrate computational and managerial knowledge and experience with health related knowledge and experience.

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Formulate change strategies to implement appropriate health information systems technologies (HIST) within the health-care setting; 
  2. Apply business and system analysis techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of health information systems technologies within a health-related setting.
  3. Integrate relevant standards and professional, ethical and legislative requirements with the appropriate health information system technologies.
  4. Design training and education for the effective use of HIST.

Ethical, professional, legal and policy implications of health information system technologies and health information standards are emphasized throughout the curriculum.  Principles of leadership, project management, and individual and organizational change management, are also addressed as themes throughout students' engagement in the program.

Course Outline


  • BUS4051:  Foundations of Business Analysis
  • BUS4053:  Business Analysis Competencies and Techniques I
  • BUS4054:  I.T. Project Management
  • BUS4065:  Advanced Communications
  • COMP4014:  Health-Care System
  • COMP4015:  Health-Care Information Technology
  • COMP4080:  Knowledge Management and Clinical Decision-Making


  • BUS4072:  Portfolio Development and Work Search Preparation
  • COMP4024:  Health Data Standards
  • COMP4033:  Health Information Systems Analysis and Evaluation
  • COMP4081:  Health Business and Systems Analysis Case I
  • COMP4082:  The Cutting Edge of Health Informatics Technology and Impact on Clinical Practice
  • COMP4083:  Health Information Legislation, Privacy and Security


  • TCOP4002:  Co-op Work Placement OR
  • BUS4081:  Work Integrated Learning

Course Info

Course Code : T402

College : School of Computer Technology

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are two intakes every year:

  • September
  • January

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Computer Technology of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You should have completed a two-year Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences or related field from an accredited institution; OR
    • A minimum three-year Diploma in Information Technology or related field from an accredited institution, PLUS:
    • A minimum one year of work experience as a health-care professional or an IT professional, or equivalent (resume required)
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic: 60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band.

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