What will I learn?

The Certificate in Health Informatics aims to train students in the world of health informatics, giving you the skills to develop and use information technology to create a better healthcare system.

Health informaticians work in an interdisciplinary environment incorporating computer science, medicine, health, nursing and business knowledge to improve healthcare and health outcomes.

Program overview:

Term 1:

2 core courses
1 elective option

Term 2:

1 core course
2 elective options

Term 3:


Term 4:

Capstone (internship students)
DGIN 5002: Research Methods (thesis students)

Customize your degree:

Although all MDI students follow a required program outline, you can create your own degree with a wide variety of elective options that support the Certificate in Health Informatics.

Two of the following required courses:

Assigned by the graduate committee based on academic background and goals.

DGIN 5100 Foundations in Web Technologies

DGIN 5200 Foundations in Business

DGIN 5300 Law, Policy, and Ethics in Emerging Technologies

DGIN 5400 Statistics for Health Informatics

One core course:

DGIN 5201 Digital Transformation

All health informatics students complete the following electives:

HINF 6101 Health Information Flow and Use

HINF 6110 Health Information Systems and Issues

HINF 6230 Knowledge Management for Health Informatics

Your choice of 2 electives from the following:

HINF 6020 Research Methods

HINF 6102 Health Information Standards and Use

HINF 6210 Databases and Data Mining for Health Informatics

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Computer Science

Study options

Full Time (4 terms)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,694.50 (US$ 9,886) per year
Application deadline

31 December 2021

Start date

5 January 2022, 2 May 2022


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The student has GPA of 3.7 (A-) or higher over the four-year duration of the Dalhousie Bachelor of Management program. English language requirement: Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92; MELAB: 85; IELTS: 7; CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60; Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54.

For international students

Applicants must have,

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours of study
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing

English language requirement:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7
  • CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline for September admission is Apr 01, January admission is August 31 and May admission is December 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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