Health Informatics Technology (Fast Track) 3528

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Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3528
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 3 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Progress Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

Qualified college or university graduates with a background in software gain direct admission into semester three of the three-year program and receive their Health Informatics Technology advanced diploma in four semesters.

The fast-track Health Informatics Technology diploma program will incorporate knowledge of both information technology and healthcare systems. The skills acquired by the graduates will enable them to design, develop, modify and test software for healthcare applications.

As a graduate from this program, you will be able to analyze and model data, develop healthcare databases and apply different computer medical-imaging techniques. You will also use tools, algorithms and health informatics methods for hospitals, schools, healthcare agencies and public health departments.

The coursework will emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, structure of healthcare information systems, telehealth, data security and privacy in healthcare systems. It will also focus on technologies such as C#, Java, Java EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Microsoft’s .NET, Rational/ WebSphere, Data warehousing and Data mining, and BI tools in healthcare systems.

To emphasize the applied focus of the curriculum, the program will include two software development projects in the field of health informatics. These real world business applications will require students to utilize all the technical, systems, and business skills gained during your studies.

The Health Informatics Technology program is a fully CIPS/CTAB accredited program.

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
COMP-214 Advanced Database Concepts Progress Campus
COMP-229 Web Application Development Progress Campus
COMP-246 Object Oriented Software Engineering Progress Campus
COMP-380 Structure of HCIS Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-124 Network Technologies Progress Campus
COMP-212 Programming 3 Progress Campus
COMP-228 JAVA Programming Progress Campus
COMP-311 Software Testing and Quality Assurance Progress Campus
COMP-381 Tools, Algorithms & Methods for HCIS Progress Campus
ENGL-253 Advanced Business Communications Progress Campus
MATH-210 Linear Algebra and Statistics Progress Campus

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
COMP-231 Software Development Project I Progress Campus
COMP-309 Data Warehousing and Data Mining in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-383 Data Security and Privacy Policies in HCIS Progress Campus
COMP-384 Telehealth Progress Campus
ELECT-T Technical Elective Progress Campus
ELECT-T Technical Elective Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
CNET-307 IT Project Management Progress Campus
CNET-329 Business and ICT Progress Campus
COMP-313 Software Development Project 2 Progress Campus
COMP-321 Systems Integration Progress Campus
COMP-382 Computer Techniques in Medical Imaging Progress Campus
ELECT-T Technical Elective Progress Campus
EMPS-102 Employment Skills 2 Progress Campus
Professional Electives
COMP-303    J2EE Programming
COMP-304    Wireless Programming
COMP-306    Web Services Programming

The dynamic curriculum presented here will be revised as appropriate to retain its currency. Internal curriculum development/review is ongoing.

Career Outlook
Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of environments, including: 
  • Clinical 
  • Research
  • Educational 
Program Highlights
  • Courses are delivered using leading-edge technology geared to industry standards 
  • The program provides technical electives and project-based learning
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have diverse business experience and academic credentials 

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
The Health Informatics Technology program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CATB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist
OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Health Informatics Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or a related discipline
  • We will consider applicants with a combination of partial diploma or degree and relevant work experience

Additional Requirements

  • Transcript and resume review is required
  • English and mathematics skills assessment are required



Career Outlook
Graduates of this program can work as: 
  • Software developers
  • Health data analysts 
  • Database developers
  • Systems implementation specialists 
  • Business/systems analysts