This elective course is designed to integrate the theory learned in the Health Informatics program with practical experience in a hospital, healthcare, software or IT agency. Students have the opportunity to observe and practice a wide range of skills outlined in the academic courses, thereby facilitating a transfer directly to the workplace. The Association for Canadian Health Informatics (COACH) has an established set of competencies for health informatics professionals, and these should serve a guide for students as they develop their practical experience learning objectives. These learning objectives will be developed in conjunction with the agency supervisor and course instructor, and these learning objectives will be recorded on a learning plan. Students are required to secure their own placement opportunity with an appropriate facility in their local area. The Program Manager must approve the location before a student begins any practical experience hours.