Delivered by Canada’s top ranked Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation has a clear educational mandate. Our goal is to produce health informatics professionals with the adaptive expertise necessary to lead health system advancement via digital technologies. Established in 2008, we’ve been doing well on this front via a competency-based program that has given our hundreds of graduates tools and aptitudes to thrive in evolving healthcare settings. Yet the workforce demands are surging with new needs for professionals who can help to assimilate big data, analytics and AI into healthcare. Who better to fill this capacity than informatics professionals who have learned for decades from best practices and bad mistakes about how to make new ideas happen in healthcare? Over the past 18 months, we’ve been tackling the resulting modernization challenge for our program. Specifically, how do we continue doing what we do well, embracing the hope yet resisting the hype of added dimensions in our field?

The case to be presented at the AMIA Educators’ Forum will be based on a Curriculum Modernization Framework developed by the MHI Modernization Committee to analyze cross-cutting themes, gaps and opportunities in course and program delivery. This Framework was instrumental, in progressive iterations, in drawing educational collaborators from beyond academics into the curriculum design mix. The case will include the practical use of this Framework in working to (successfully) gain program recognition by the Vector Institute, a large publicly and privately funded player in the Canadian AI field with the potential to provide funding and networking to our students.

Presented by MHI Program Director and leader of modernization efforts, Professor Julia Zarb, attendees will take away this Curriculum Modernization Framework and a viable approach to evaluating and prioritizing current vs. emerging course content.
Additionally, they will take away ideas on curriculum modernization through co-design including faculty, students, academic and external collaborators and pointers on how to decide when and why modernization should occur.


Julia Zarb (Presenter)
University of Toronto

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