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Master of Health Informatics (MHI)




What will I learn?

Health informatics is changing the practice and delivery of health care by providing technology-enriched solutions to bridge the knowledge and information gaps experienced within the health care system.

Our interdisciplinary Master of Health Informatics program is designed with the vision of health as the focus and technology as the enabler. Our program offers training in analyzing the issues and then designing solutions to improve all aspects of health care, from the delivery of patient care to the promotion of healthy lives.

No prior degree in health informatics or IT needed

You don’t need a prior degree in health informatics or information technology to join our program. Our program is well suited to working health professionals, information technology professionals, foreign-trained health professionals and students direct from a bachelor degree. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Medicine and health professions
  • Computer science and information technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Health education
  • Dentistry
  • Management

Do it your way

With full-time and part-time options, the Master in Health Informatics program gives you the flexibility to choose a pace that works for you. Whether you choose to do a thesis or an internship, by the time you finish, you'll be able to:

  • manage health information and health data analytics
  • design health information systems
  • evaluate health IT outcomes
  • manage health information projects
  • conduct health information research
  • understand and use new health informatics technologies

New opportunities

A master’s degree in health informatics from Dalhousie will open many new doors for your career. You could:

  • work as a health information analyst/specialist in a healthcare organization
  • become a health informatics consultant
  • join the health informatics industry to design, develop and deploy health IT products and services
  • pursue a research career in a university as a PhD student or join industry
  • analyze health data to derive intelligence by becoming a health data analyst
  • manage health IT projects

Program structure

Full-time MHI students usually complete the program in two years.

The program has two streams:

  • an internship stream
  • a thesis stream

The thesis stream involves a 2-3 term research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The internship stream involves a 13-16 week work term at a health informatics company or at a healthcare organization.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Computer Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,694.50 (US$ 9,541) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


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

Completion of a minimum of a four-year DDS (or equivalent) from a university-based dental institution with a minimum overall average equivalent of A- (85%). English language requirement: computer-based TOEFL minimum of 100; IELTS score minimum of 7.5.

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): 100
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • 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

April 1 is the deadline for completed applications for non-Canadian students.

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


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