Hamilton’s Mohawk College will start offering its first standalone honours degree program in Digital Health, the school announced Wednesday (Oct 14).
The new Bachelor of Digital Health (Honours) program will require four years of study and combines courses in combines computer science, health and business studies.
Students will learn “the skills and experience to design and develop IT health-care solutions, a press release from Mohawk said.
“Students who graduate from this program will be prepared for employment in a range of health-care settings, where their knowledge and skills will be used to improve health system efficiency.”
Applications for the program are open now and the program’s first students will be welcomed in September 2021.
“Mohawk College is proud to commit itself even more intensely in the digital health sector, offering students a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills they need to deliver IT services in a wide variety of healthcare settings,” said Mohawk College President and CEO Ron McKerlie, speaking to digital health-care specialists during a recent virtual conference.
“As this field of health care continues to grow and develop, Mohawk College Digital Health graduates will be among the leaders who will shape the digital health landscape.”
Mohawk is regarded as a leader in the field of digital health training and research, given students’ access to the school’s state-of-the-art mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC).
“The Bachelor of Digital Health degree is a natural extension of the college’s involvement in the digital health sector in Canada and internationally,” the release said.
Graduates of the new program are expected to have developed a deep understanding of digital health principles in the Canadian health-care system, with a special focus on patient safety, personalized health delivery, self-management and behaviour modification.
“As digital and sensor technology expands, the number of healthcare applications will continue to increase,” said David Santi, Dean of Engineering Technology at Mohawk.
“Our Digital Health students will be at the forefront of those developments, as they support Canada’s healthcare sector during this period of revolutionary change.”
In addition to the new honours degree program, Mohawk has established a Digital Health, Ontario College Graduate Certificate aimed at working professionals who hold credentials in the fields of health, business and technology.
This certificate program provides extensive hands-on learning opportunities in business, health and technology using Mohawk’s advanced digital health labs.
For more information about these new programs and Mohawk College, visit the school’s website.