Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Health Information Science

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences
Field of Study:Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)


The Doctoral Program in Health Information Science (PhD HIS) program is a research-intensive, joint graduate program with the Faculty of Health Sciences, designed for students who want to do independent original research in Health Information Science. The program consists of two required courses, the option to conduct Guided Reading courses or elective courses in the area of study, the passing of a comprehensive exam and completion and defence of a thesis.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree from a program in Health Information Science, Health Sciences, Information Science, Communications, Media Studies, Health Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science or a related field appropriate to the interdisciplinary nature of the HIS program. A minimum 78% overall average is normally required in the last degree.
    Application Notes : See requirements at http://www.fims.uwo.ca/programs/graduate_programs/phd_health_information_science/how_to_apply.html
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      As part of the application process, applicants must prepare a two-page Statement of Research Interests, including their relevant professional/academic background. They should review the list of core and affiliated HIS Faculty to determine potential supervisors, and indicate, in their statement, which faculty members could serve as supervisors; ideally after a discussion with these faculty members and/or the HIS Program Coordinator. If the admissions committee or the potential supervisor(s) desire further information about a particular applicant, an interview may be requested, to be held either in person or via tele- or video-conference.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on November 12, 2022