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International Study Programs

Health Information Management

Health Information Management

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

This Health Information Management program will appeal to you if you want to combine your interest in the health care field with medical, computer and business skills. You could be well suited for this program, if you possess the following traits:

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • excellent attention to detail
  • strong organizational skills
  • ability to maintain confidentiality
  • good oral & written communication skills

Previous work experience in a Healthcare setting, particularly in the Information Department would be a definite asset.

This program is academically demanding, and you should be prepared to set aside time on a regular basis to complete projects and assignments outside of daily class hours. The workload will vary from term to term and students must be self disciplined to keep up with the demands of the program. .

Emphasis during the program will be on the following:

  • Health information science
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical coding
  • Computerization
  • Statistical analysis

Most training will take place at the College, however students will be required to attend mandatory practicum sessions in accredited urban and rural health care facilities.

Course Delivery

This program is being offered at the Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg.

As this Health Information Management program has a practicum component,  students will be responsible for their own transportation in order to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements. Red River College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.


Most graduates have found employment in a variety of health-related facilities, such as:

  • Acute and chronic care hospitals
  • Cancer treatment centres
  • Mental health centres
  • Adolescent treatment centres
  • Paramedical and government agencies
  • Research studies
  • Clinics
  • Group practices

Others are employed as sole-charge health information practitioners in rural health care facilities.

Learning Outcomes

This program develops the skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage the health information required for patient care, administration, research, and education. The program trains you in the specialized techniques required in health information management. It offers a unique combination of medical, computer, and business courses.

As a graduate you will be eligible to write the national certification exam administered by the Canadian Health Information Management Association. Successful certification allows you to seek employment across Canada. 

Course Outline

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Year 1, Term 1  
COMM-1000 Business Communication 1 4
COMP-1044 Health Computing 1 4
HLTH-1003 Medical Terminology 4
SCIE-1024 Health Information Science 1 4
ZOOL-1071 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
Year 1, Term 2  
COMP-2047 Health Computing 2 4
HLTH-1093 Management Principles 4
HLTH-1837 Coding 1 5
MATH-2166 Statistics 4
SCIE-2025 Health Information Science 2 3
ZOOL-1072 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
Year 2, Term 3
COMP-2015 Health Computing 3 4
HLTH-1001 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 6
HLTH-1002 Introduction to Health Care Delivery 3
HLTH-3001 Intro to Healthcare Research Methods & Epidemiology 4
HLTH-3006 Coding 2 9
Year 2, Term 4
COMP-3049 Health Computing 4 4
HLAW-2050 Health Information Law 3
HLTH-2001 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 4
HLTH-3005 Coding 3 9
PRAC-3012 Hospital Practicum 4

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which document and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses or programs. So if you think your grades are good enough, apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for some of the courses of this program to decrease the number of subjects you have to take.  Talk to your assigned IVC Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer for advice.

Course Info

College : Business

Duration : 2 Years

Qualifications Level : Diploma

Fees :
Tuition Fee 11,000 / year
Student Association 105 / year
Endowment 52 / year
Health Insurance Coverage 456 / year
Tech Fees 166 / year
Materials and Lab Fees 488 / year
Student Services 176 / year
Rec. Fee 20 / year
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

The intake for the Health Information Management program is September in alternate years.  Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Canadian Grade 12 equivalent.  You must have successfully completed one credit of
    • Grade 12 equivalent of Biology OR
    • Grade 12 Chemistry
  • A 500-word essay detailing your reason for application among other things.
  • 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:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0

Grade 12 Applied Math or Pre-Calculus Math is not required but strongly recommended

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