Program details

Help shape the future of health care

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

Find out more about career opportunities.

Master of Health Informatics


You must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. An undergraduate degree in a health profession or in an information technology area is necessary.

It is also recommended to have university courses in statistics and computer programming. Preference is given to students with two years experience in the field (information technology or health professions).

A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 600 (or the equivalent score on a comparable test) is required of applicants whose native language is not English.

Program structure

  • Full-time MHI students usually complete the program in two years.
  • Part-time MSc students must complete the program in four years.

The program has two streams:

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.

Degree requirements

To complete the program, you'll need:

  • 9 core classes
  • Option 1: Internship plus 3 electives OR
  • Option 2: Thesis plus 1 elective

See class listing.


For fees associated with the Master of Health Informatics program, please use the Dalhousie Fee Calculator.

Important application deadlines

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

Please note that the program has one intake each year, starting in September.


Graduate Handbook for Health Informatics

Get the full details on the Master of Health Informatics program.