Health Information Science : Admission Requirements
The admission selection process is competitive, and enrolment may be restricted in any given year. Candidates should apply directly via the Graduate Admissions and Records website at <www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies/admissions>. All applications are first reviewed by the Graduate Admissions and Records Office and then by the School Graduate Committee. Only applicants who satisfy the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the School will be considered. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements can be admitted. All applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree for admission to the MSc and a first-class Bachelor's and Master's degree for admission to the PhD graduate programs.
Provide two Assessment Reports from academic referees. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include two Assessment Reports from current or former employers in place of academic referees.
A personal resumé should include your education background, employment history, professional/academic affiliations and other achievements such as publications or awards.
A letter of intended study describing why you should be considered for enrolment, how you will use the knowledge learned in your workplace or academic career, and in what ways will the program improve/change your personal career.
Students who are not seeking a degree in Health Informatics may apply to take up to two 500-level courses (1.5 units each) in the School of Health Information Science. For these students, HINF 572 should be the first of any courses taken. Not all courses are available to students outside of the degree program. Students outside of the degree program are encouraged to first consult with the School of Health Information Science's Graduate Advisor.
three assessment reports, at least two of which are from academics who can assess the applicant’s capacity to conduct independent scholarly work
CV that summarizes education, work experience, research, publications, awards and distinctions
sample publications or conference proceedings (if available) - For each publication or proceeding, please include the full citation, indicate the percentage (%) contribution, your role, and an electronic copy (preferably PDF).
thesis (if available) - For the thesis, please provide an electronic copy (preferably PDF).
Letter of Intent summarizing why the applicant is interested in earning the PhD in Health Informatics; research interests; expectations of program; and if contact has been made with any faculty member regarding possible supervisory commitment.
international applicants must also submit GRE scores as part of their application.
Students in the MSc in Health Informatics program, already holding a Master's degree, but not in the field of health informatics, may apply for transfer to the PhD program following satisfactory completion of at least 6 units of the MSc program in Health Informatics. Students interested in changing to the PhD program should follow the MSc program of study and work closely with their supervisor on course selection in order to apply. Admission to the MSc in Health Informatics is not a guarantee of future admission to the PhD program.
This graduate certificate program may be taken by students who are concurrently admitted to our MSc or PhD degree program in Health Informatics; or our double degree program (MN/MSc Health Informatics); or by those admitted only for the purpose of the certificate. Students who are interested in this certificate program are required to submit a separate application to indicate their intention. Note that the certificate cannot be awarded retroactively.
Two Assessment Reports from academic referees. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include two Assessment Reports from current or former employers in place of academic referees.
A personal resumé should include your education background, employment history, professional/academic affiliations and other achievements such as publications or awards, up to a maximum of 4 pages.
A letter of intended study describing why you should be considered for enrolment, how you will use the knowledge learned in your workplace, and in what ways the program will improve/change your personal career.
The application deadline for all degrees offered by the School is December 1 for September entry. The application deadline for the Graduate Certificate in Health Terminology Standards is May 1 for September entry.