Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Health Information Science (M.H.I.S.)

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
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)


The Master of Health Information Science (MHIS) program is a joint graduate program with the Faculty of Health Sciences. The program allows you to choose between a one-year course-based program, or a two-year thesis-based program. Both program options provide students with fundamental knowledge in health and health care, including: public health, health informatics and digital health, patient and professional information seeking behaviour, information ethics and policy. Learn at the intersection of healthcare and information management, policy, knowledge translation and clinical practice.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    For admission to the Master of Health Information Science (MHIS) program, applicants must possess a four year B.HSc., B.Sc., B.A. or equivalent from an accredited university. The program normally requires at least a 78% overall average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree. Admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.
    Application Notes : See requirements at http://www.fims.uwo.ca/programs/graduate_programs/master_of_health_information_science/how_to_apply.html
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Since this is an interdisciplinary program, students may be accepted with degrees in a variety of disciplines, including health sciences, social sciences, information science, communications, and computer science so long as the student demonstrates that she or he has a solid academic preparation in some aspect of health (broadly defined).

      Applicants should develop a preliminary research idea, which will be submitted as part of the application package. They should review the list of core and affiliated HIS Faculty members to determine potential supervisors in their area of interest. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, research project/thesis topics will normally be decided during or immediately following the initial term of study.

      * 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