Organization: University of Waterloo – School of Public Health and Health Systems
Program: Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
Field Education Details: Health Informatics
Recruitment Period: Spring or Fall terms
Placement Period: 3-4 months or 6-8 months


About our program

The MHI is an applied professional master’s program involving online courses and a practicum. Please check our MHI website for more details.

About our students

Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to those of healthcare and public health work force, as well as information technology and computer sciences. Most of them have at least one year of relevant experience on entering the program, and some have considerably more.

About the practicum

The purpose of the practicum is to provide the students with an opportunity to apply graduate level competencies acquired in the program, advance their knowledge and skills and gain an understanding of the practical realities of health informatics. Practicum placements must last at least 12 weeks, or 420 hours. The practicum is flexible, and is negotiated among the student, the practicum supervisor, and the student’s academic advisor. Full time students will be looking for a spring term practice placement (May – August) while our part time students normally take practicum placements from September to April which spans two terms. A stipend from the host agency is desirable.

Benefits to the host agency

You will have the contributions of an academically well prepared, enthusiastic and capable person who is ready to begin the transition from student to practitioner. Previous supervisors have commented on the value of the fresh perspective students bring to the workplace.

What we ask

The field supervisor should be willing to provide at least one hour a week of direct supervision during the placement and complete both a mid-term and a final evaluation. Supervisor qualifications will depend on the competencies the student wants to develop and may be experiential as well as academic. The competencies that students develop are directly related to the core competencies for health informatics in Canada, including: clinical and health services, information technology and management, analysis and evaluation, project management, organizational and behavioral management.

If you are interested in discussing the idea further, I would be happy to speak with you if you contact me by e-mail helen.chen@uwaterloo.ca, telephone (519-888-4567 x32131).