Health Informatics at the University of Victoria
IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics
AbstractThe University of Victoria has the only program in Canada offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Science. To meet the requirements of the degree, students must complete 60 units of course work (normally 40 courses) and 4 CO-OP work terms over 4.3 years. The School admits approximately 30 students each year. Seventy-five percent of the students come from British Columbia, ranging in age from 18 to 50 years with the average age being 26 years. In addition to recent
... h school graduates, over 40% have previous degrees or diplomas, and 65% have over 5 years of work experience. The School's teaching team consists of 4 full-time faculty, 2 professional staff, 2 clerical staff, 7 adjunct faculty and a variable number of sessional teaching staff. The majority of the faculty have health backgrounds, totalling 150 person-years of health care experience. As of November 1995, the School had 168 graduates 75% of whom are employed in British Columbia, 17% in other parts of Canada and 8% outside the country. Sixty-five percent of the graduates work in government departments including community health agencies; 10% work in hospitals, 20% work for management consulting firms, software houses, or computer hardware firms, and 5% are otherwise employed. Almost 100% of the graduates are gainfully employed in professional positions in which their health information science degree is valued. They work as systems analysts, system designers/developers, consultants, research assistants, health-care planners, information system-support staff/trainers and client-account representatives. Some are already in senior management positions.