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Health Information Management (Part-time studies)

School of Health Sciences Diploma

This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.

Program Overview

If you’re detail oriented, self motivated and want a unique career in the health-care industry, consider Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Health Information Management program. You’ll learn how to collect, organize and manage large amounts of health information, all while meeting privacy standards.

You could work as a health information management practitioner, coordinator or analyst with health regions as well as public and private health agencies–hospitals to cancer clinics and government agencies. Your unique skill set can also open doors to jobs with police forces, educational institutions, law offices, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms.

Health Information Management is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina Campus and through distance education. Learn from experienced instructors as you build knowledge and leadership skills in:

  • data collection, coding and quality;
  • electronic health information management (e-HIM®);
  • information privacy, security and confidentiality;
  • interpretation and analysis of health data;
  • patient access to health information;
  • records and systems management; and
  • transition to the electronic health record.

Work Experience

The program includes two work-based practicums: one in first year, one in second year. It’s a chance to apply your new knowledge and skills in an actual health agency setting. By the time you graduate, you’ll already have 15 weeks of real-world experience – something you can highlight to potential employers.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma to transfer into the third year of a four-year Kinesiology, Health Studies or Arts degree program at the University of Regina or First Nations University of Canada.

Get More Information

If you are interested in this program, register for the new student information session.

Contact Raylene Lutz, Health Information Management Administrative Assistant, at 306-775-7639 or lutz@saskpolytech.ca.

View Program Information

For more information on this part-time distance program, refer to the student handbook (pdf).

Study schedules (pdf) for completing the program in 3 or 4 years are available. It is strongly recommended that you pick one path and maintain it. Once you choose your classes for the year please email tara.fournier@saskpolytech.ca. This program must be completed within five years.

All courses except the practicum (which must be completed in an accredited hospital chosen by the program) are available through distance and/or continuing education. Travel may be required for the practicum component.

It may take up to a year to place out-of-province students in clinical practicum sites in their home province.

You can apply to take this distance program anytime throughout the year. If you are interested in starting the program in the fall, it is strongly recommended that you apply before the end of May (if not earlier). It takes time to process applications and some classes begin at the end of August. Intake is ongoing, but if you apply late you may have to take October classes rather than August classes, which can have a significant impact later in the semester. You may take the following courses prior to being accepted into the program:

  • MED 161
  • APHY 162 (register for this course rather than APHY 100; this is an equivalent course)
  • APHY 262 (register for this course rather than APHY 200; this is an equivalent course)
  • PATH 161
  • ENGL 101
  • HINF 160
  • COMM 262
  • COMP 179
  • COMP 174
  • COMP 175
  • COMP 176

Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Year 1 - Semester 1

Clinical - Records Management and Professionalism (CLIN-101CE)
Clinical - Coding 1 (CLIN-102CE)
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 1 (COMP-174CE)
Introduction to PowerPoint (COMP-179CE)
Health Record Systems (HINF-160CE)
Medical Terminology (MED-161CE)
Pathophysiology 1 (PATH-161CE)

Year 1 - Semester 2

Clinical - Coding 2 (CLIN-236CE)
Clinical - Coding 3 (CLIN-237CE)
Workplace Communication (COMM-262CE)
Health Information Analysis 1 (HINF-161CE)
Pathophysiology 2 (PATH-272CE)
Pathophysiology 3 (PATH-273CE)

Year 1 - Semester 3

Health Information Practicum 1 (PRAC-165CE)

Year 2 - Semester 4

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2 (COMP-175CE)
Introduction to Microsoft Access 1 (COMP-176CE)
Database Programming (COSC-262CE)
Epidemiology and Population Health (HINF-260CE)
Health Information Analysis 2 (HINF-261CE)
Health Care Law and Ethics (HINF-262CE)
Theories and Concepts of Program Management (HINF-264CE)
Health Information Systems (HINF-265CE)
Statistics for Health Sciences (STAT-260CE)

Year 2 - Semester 5

Clinical - Coding 4 (CLIN-288CE)
Human Resource Management and the Employee (HINF-263CE)
Health Standards and Informatics (HINF-266CE)
Health Information Practicum 2 (PRAC-262CE)
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