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Health Informatics - MHI at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School School of Public Health Sciences 
Faculty Faculty of Health
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

February 1 (for admission in September)

In order for an application to be considered, all required documentation, including academic references, must be submitted on or before this date. Please aim to apply by January 18 to allow adequate time to upload supporting documents and ensure that your referees are aware of this firm deadline. 

Delivery mode Online
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program 16 months (full-time); 48 months (part-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework

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NOTE: Due to the competitive nature of the professional programs at the University of Waterloo the ideal GPA for admission is based on the current pool of applicants and the previous years GPA cut-off. The minimum Graduate Studies application standard for admission is a CGPA of 3.0 or 75%. Successful applicants in the professional programs in 2020/2021 had an average GPA of 78%.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • An overall 75% average in a four year undergraduate degree program in a health or related field from a recognized educational institution.
  • Experience in the health informatics or digital health field is considered an asset.
  • Evidence of training in logical thinking processes which can be demonstrated by having passed an undergraduate course(s) in areas such as mathematics, statistics, or computer science.
  • Admission is competitive. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Application material

  • Resume/Curriculum vitae
    • Indicating past academic and professional experience
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Two references are required. At least one of which must be from an academic source, unless more than 5 years have elapsed since the applicant last registered in a university course, in which case both references can be from professional sources. In the latter case, at least one of the professional referees must be asked to comment specifically on the applicant's academic abilities
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

    • The School of Public Health Sciences does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements

How much will it cost?

  • Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources 
  • Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
  • Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
  • Students in the professional graduate programs are not guaranteed funding by the School and are required to fund their program through outside awards or through professional organizations and work place education allowances

What can you expect at Waterloo?

  • Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
  • Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
  • Offered online, the MHI offers flexibility for the working professional and can be completed in 16 months to 48 months; it also features a four month professional experience component

  • Review the School of Public Health Sciences website to see information specific to your program of interest

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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