Advanced Diploma in Health Informatics Technology (Optional Co-op) (Online)


Program Description

Program Details

  • Program Code: 3668
  • School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type: Post-secondary program
  • Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
  • Start Date: Fall, Winter
  • Location: Online

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Health Informatics Technology program will combine knowledge of software engineering and health care systems. In this advanced technology diploma program's courses, you'll learn to design, develop, and maintain the next generation of electronic health record applications and other exciting software products.

Under the umbrella of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, this program will cover:

  •  Object-oriented software design methodologies
  •  User-oriented interface design
  •  The structure of health care information systems
  •  Telehealth
  •  Clinical workflow and IT solutions
  •  Data security
  •  Privacy issues within health care systems

Software technologies will be the focus of this health technology program. They will include C#, Java, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/ Linux, Microsoft's ASP.NET Core, HTML5/JavaScript/XML, mobile application development, data warehousing, and data mining, and BI tools in health care systems.

To underscore the curriculum's applied focus, the Health Informatics Technology program will include two software development projects. These real-world business applications will require you to utilize all the technical, systems, and business skills gained during your studies.

The knowledge you'll acquire in this health technology program will enable you to design, develop, modify, and test software for health care applications. You'll also be able to analyze and model data, develop health care databases, and support decision making based on data mining techniques. Lastly, you'll have the know-how to use health informatics methods and software tools for hospitals, health care agencies and public health departments.

Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software may gain direct admission into Semester 3 of this three-year program and receive their Health Informatics Technology advanced diploma in four semesters (program #3528)

Program Highlights

  • Health Informatics Technology courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards.
  • You learn from the knowledgeable and approachable School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science faculty members who have diverse business experience and academic credentials.
  • Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) or their provincial engineering technology association.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
  • COMM-170/171 College Communication 2
  • COMP-100 Programming I
  • COMP-120 Software Engineering Fundamentals
  • COMP-213 Web Interface Design
  • GNED General Education Elective
  • MATH-175 Functions and Number Systems
  • COMP-122 Introduction to Database Concepts
  • COMP-123 Programming 2
  • COMP-125 Client-Side Web Development
  • COMP-225 Software Engineering Methodologies 1
  • COMP-301 Unix/Linux Operating Systems
  • COMP-380 Structure of HCIS
  • COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts
  • COMP-229 Web Application Development
  • COMP-246 Object-Oriented Software Engineering
  • COMP-381 Tools, Algorithms and Methods for HCIS
  • GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
  • MATH-185 Discrete Mathematics
Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
  • COMP-212 Programming 3
  • COMP-228 Java Programming
  • COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • COMP-387 Clinical Workflow and IT Solutions
  • ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications
  • MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics
  • COMP-231 Software Development Project I
  • COMP-254 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • COMP-304 Mobile Applications Development
  • COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS
  • COMP-383 Data Security and Privacy Policies in HCIS
  • COMP-384 Telehealth
  • CNET-124 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • CNET-307 IT Project Management
  • COMP-255 Business and Entrepreneurship for Software Engineering Technology
  • COMP-313 Software Development Project 2
  • COMP-321 Systems Integration
  • EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2
  • GNED General Education Elective

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

  • Analyze and define the specifications of a health information system based on user requirements.  
  • Design, implement, test, and document health information systems based on specifications and software engineering methodologies.  
  • Develop architectures and provide examples of information systems to support patients, the public, and policymakers and managers of health care services.  
  • Assess software quality and, where necessary, improve software performance through the application of appropriate testing, verification, and evaluation procedures.  
  • Design, model, implement and maintain a database and electronic health records.  
  • Support the development and maintenance of health information systems through the application of networking concepts.  
  • Analyze, design, and implement integrated solutions that ensure security and privacy issues are addressed.  
  • Use tools for decision support and their application to patient management, acquisition, representation, and engineering of medical knowledge.  
  • Work effectively as a member of a health informatics team on the design, implementation, and testing of a health information system where no one person has complete knowledge of the entire system.  
  • Interpret, create, and present health and medical coding systems and other information effectively and accurately.  
  • Contribute to the successful completion of the project applying the project management principles in use.  

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Career Options, Academic Pathways, and Partners

Articulation Agreements

Successful graduates of this Health Informatics Technology (Optional Co-op) program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify to transfer credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

Career Outlook

  • Software developer
  • Health care information systems analyst
  • Database developer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Web application developer
  • Systems implementation specialist
  • Business analyst

Areas of Employment

You will be prepared to work in:

  • Health informatics clinics
  • IT departments of hospitals
  • Medical software companies
  • Research environments
  • Educational environments

Ontario health networks, Ontario hospitals, and the government are among the types of organizations that have hired past students.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • English language proficiency

Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete three work terms as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in programs with optional co-op, students will typically complete an application process in the second semester of their studies, and if academically qualified, may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program as scheduled

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Cente ... Read More

Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on and employment-focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements Read less