Master's of Health Information Management (MHIM) Program


The Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) is an online master's program aimed at health and information technology professionals in the health sector. It is anticipated that the majority of the students will study on a part-time basis while they continue to work full-time. The online format of the program will allow students to study at the time and place that is most convenient for them.

There are two options available to complete the program:

1. A Course Route consisting of 30 credit hours (10 courses)
2. A Project Route consisting of 24 credit hours (8 courses) plus 6 credits of project hours

Official application has been made to become accredited through the Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM).

Prospective applicants may apply at any time prior to the start of classes; however, applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity to allow ample time for their application to be processed.

For more information, please contact the MHIM program coordinator.

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 75%.
  • Official transcript indicating at least:
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in Statistics
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in English
    - One course (3 cr hrs) in Science
    - Two courses (6 cr hrs) in Computer Science or other courses that prove the applicant's computer proficiency. (CS 100 and CS 110 equivalent)

    The final grade for each of the courses mentioned above must be at least 75%.

    Note: Applicants with a strong academic record and relevant experience who are missing admissions requirements may be offered qualifying admissions to the program. In such cases, qualifying students will be given an opportunity to meet any missing admissions requirements in a qualifying semester before being fully admitted into the program and allowed to start with the MHIM courses.

  • Curriculum Vitae. Preference will be given to applicants with three or more years of professional work experience in the health sector.
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional references only). It is strongly recommended that one letter comes from a professional who has supervised the candidate's work and the other letter has been written by someone who is well situated to comment on the candidate's academic work. Both reference letters should address the candidate's interpersonal, academic and professional abilities. For additional guidance on letters of reference visit the graduate studies website.
  • An essay of no less than 500 words describing the student's motivation to pursue a graduate degree in Health Information Management, the skills that will help the student complete the program, and the student's career goals connected to this degree.

International Student Eligibility:

International students do not need a study permit to engage in an online program offered by a Canadian institution, nor do they need a study permit to be issued the degree upon completion of their program of study. However, international students enrolled in the MHIM program will need to obtain a study permit in order to attend a one week face-to-face seminar included in the MHIM 804 Leadership in Health Organizations course.

MHIM Course Route:

MHIM 800 3 credit hours
MHIM 801 3 credit hours
MHIM 802 3 credit hours
MHIM 803 3 credit hours
MHIM 804 3 credit hours
MHIM 805 3 credit hours
MHIM 806 3 credit hours
MHIM 807 3 credit hours
MHIM 808 3 credit hours
One of MHIM 809, MHIM 810 or MHIM 811 3 credit hours
Total: 30 credit hours

MHIM Project Route:

MHIM 800 3 credit hours
MHIM 801 3 credit hours
MHIM 802 3 credit hours
MHIM 804 3 credit hours
MHIM 900 3 credit hours
MHIM 902 3 credit hours
Four of MHIM 803, MHIM 805, MHIM 806, MHIM 807, MHIM 808, MHIM 809, MHIM 810 or MHIM 811 12 credit hours
Total: 30 credit hours

Course Descriptions:

MHIM 800 - Statistics and Research Methods (3:0-0)
An understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; an introduction to statistical concepts, methods and applications useful for health care and HIM professionals. Emphasis on the application of statistical tools to support clinical and managerial decision making and identifying statistical tests and methods appropriate for the data and research design.

MHIM 801 - Data Management (3:0-0)
This course focuses on the principles of data governance to develop policies and procedures that support the HIM life cycle. Data quality frameworks will be examined. The issues around data management and data integrity will be explored. Canadian health care databases will be used to create presentations.

MHIM 802 - Health Information Management (3:0-0)
This course introduces principles of information governance, information management (HIM life cycle), and information storage and retrieval systems. This course includes the organizational structure of health care institutions, health information departments, disease registries, the medical record, and professional associations of the health information manager and tumor registrar.

MHIM 803 - Coding and Classification (3:0-3)
This course focuses on learning the concepts of coding classification and data capture to support health care policy, and to introduce the classification and terminology systems used in Canada and internationally. The principles of taxonomy and the purposes of classification systems will be reviewed. A lab component is included.

MHIM 804 - Leadership in Health Organizations (3:0-0)
This course focuses on leadership in a health organizational context to prepare students to undertake leadership roles in HIM careers. Topics include leadership models and theories, critical thinking, change management, workflow analysis, human resource management, strategic planning, financial management, and ethics. It includes a one week face to face seminar.

MHIM 805 - Introduction to Health Informatics and Information Technology (3:0-0)
An integrative study of the Information Technology (IT) used in all facets of health care administration and delivery. Emphasis on the management, synthesis, and transformation of information for tactical and strategic decision making throughout the health care enterprise. Theoretical and pragmatic issues related to Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology are addressed.

MHIM 806 - Health Information Systems (3:0-0)
Builds upon basic concepts of analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of health information systems learned in pre-requisite course. Focuses on defining information needs, interpreting the capabilities of health information systems, setting forth feasible alternatives, and guiding the appropriate diffusion of information science technology into the health care system. ***Pre-requisite: MHIM 805.***

MHIM 807 - Analytics and Decision Support (3:0-3)
This course focuses on the health system use of data (primary and secondary uses of health data), the application of meaningful use of data, the participation in clinical and administrative decision support, and the designing of data sources for intelligence extraction. A laboratory component is included.

MHIM 808 - Health Databases and Database Management (3:0-0)
Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design, and issues related to database administrations specifically in a healthcare context. Emphasizes on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Provides a foundation for managing databases in healthcare environments.

MHIM 809 - Health Information Privacy (3:0-0)
This course focuses on the design of a privacy and security infrastructure including policies and procedures involving data collection, use, access, disclosure, retention, storage, destruction of paper, hybrid, electronic, digital images, voice recording and electronic mails. Privacy, security, and confidentiality policies and procedures will be discussed and developed.

MHIM 810 - Finance and Compliance Management (3:0-0)
This course provides an analysis of financial planning and management, risk and investment policies relating to HIM. This course addresses the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance, privacy, risk management and identity theft.

MHIM 811 - Health Information Projects Management (3:0-0)
This course provides students with the necessary tools to assess project management tools, design strategic planning research models and methods, engage stakeholders in information governance initiatives, as well as propose innovative healthcare policies. Students will learn how to use research methods to integrate best practices in project planning and management.

MHIM 900 - Applied Project Proposal and Research (3:0-0)
Individual study hours under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will prepare a proposal for an applied project and conduct research supporting a topic related to health information management.

MHIM 902 - Applied Project Development and Presentation (3:0-0)
Students will conclude research supporting a topic related to health information management resulting in the writing of a comprehensive paper and public presentation of an applied project.

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