AI for Healthcare Leaders Certificate Program

A logo of a right-facing head silhouette filled with colourful shapes. AI for Healthcare Leaders. This program is part of the Accelerating AI in Healthcare initiative.

AI for Healthcare Leaders Certificate Program:
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Credential(s) Earned: Certificate

Program Length: 3 weeks

Start Date: January 22, 2022

Tuition: Funded by the Future Skills Centre during the granting period (March 2023)

Application Deadline: January 21, 2022

Program Code: AIHL110


As part of the Accelerating the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare project, the AI for Healthcare Leaders Certificate Program aims to support senior healthcare leaders in Canada as they prepare to create Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled organizations. This program will challenge leaders to exercise their decision-making skills as they pertain to AI through case studies and interactive expert talks. From the technologies themselves to the infrastructure, policies and procedures, financial plans, and workforce planning required to responsibly deliver AI, this course will prepare leaders through the fundamentals of AI models and the legal, ethical, and cyber security pillars to make adoption successful. Content will be provided online through virtual workshops, post-work, and supplemental materials.

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Why Was This Program Created?

There is a growing need for a fundamental understanding of how AI can and should be used in different healthcare fields. In response to this need, The Michener Institute and Vector Institute have partnered on a project funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre to help accelerate the adoption of AI in healthcare.

This certificate program is part of the initiatives to transform the mindset, skillset, and toolset of the healthcare community through research projects, symposia, roundtables, certificate programs, and a Healthcare AI Incubator.

Visit the Accelerating the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare webpage and join our mailing list for more information about this project and the different initiatives.

Accelerating the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Le projet est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada.

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Who is This Program Intended For?

This program is intended for senior healthcare leaders in Canada who are responsible for technology and technology adoption decisions and are currently considering or in the process of implementing AI to transform the quality of care and improve patient outcomes.

Program Outline

The AI for Healthcare Leaders Certificate Program is delivered in English and is designed to support senior healthcare leaders in Canada in creating AI-enabled organizations by establishing the infrastructure, policies and procedures, financial plans, and workforce planning required to responsibly deliver them. No previous knowledge of AI is required.

Through this certificate program, you will:

  • Discuss guiding principles and measures of success for responsible AI implementation
  • Interpret data from potential AI projects to make approval and priority decisions
  • Evaluate the feasibility of different types of AI technology by considering budget, resource allocation, AI model efficacy, and engineering and infrastructure requirements
  • Assess organizational and operational readiness for AI implementation
  • Develop governance structures and processes for fair and secure AI implementation
  • Consider the impact of AI on multiple stakeholders and the change management required for responsible adoption

Course Format

This program is one (1) course that is made up of three (3) weeks and includes the following topics:

  • Revealing what leaders really need to know about AI & machine learning
  • Considering legal, ethical, privacy, and equity factors of AI technologies
  • Harnessing natural language processing & computer vision to solve healthcare problems
  • Accelerating clinical integration of AI technology equitably and responsibly

Each week contains learning objectives, virtual half-day workshops, post-work, and supplementary materials. You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and go beyond the material provided each week through additional resources.

The virtual half-day workshops will follow the schedule below:

Morning Interactive and case study-based lecture.
Afternoon Executive Corner:

  • Simulations of executive briefings with experts based on potential scenarios for you to consider, ask questions, and make decisions.
  • Topics covered will include cyber security, AI operations, AI engineering, data privacy, and other legal considerations.
Closing Summary of the day and review of take-home materials:

  • Real machine learning case studies that will challenge you to make approval decisions and outline considerations for your team

    Course Dates: January 22 – February 5, 2022

    Course Delivery: Online – Facilitated

    Virtual Session Time: Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EST

    Admission Requirements

    • You must be a senior healthcare leader in Canada
    • Computer literacy
      • Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
      • Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items

    Note: This program is delivered in English

    Registration Process

    To register for this program, complete the registration form below. As there are limited seats for this cohort, you will receive a confirmation of registration in January.

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    Registration Deadlines

    Winter 2022

    Registration Deadline: 21 January 2022
    Program Start Date: 22 January 2022

    When will I receive confirmation of my registration?

    A confirmation email will be sent to you in January.

    When will I gain access to the program?

    Course access information will be emailed two (2) days before the start of the program.

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    Additional Accelerating AI in Healthcare Project Programs

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    • Healthcare AI Incubator
      Through this six (6)-month program, healthcare teams in Canada will gain assistance with their AI projects through mentoring time from relevant experts and free access to select educational resources.

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    International Travel Notice:

    If you are scheduled for a Continuing Education workshop onsite within 14 days of your return from international travel, we require you to connect with your Program Assistant. You will be required to reschedule your workshop/course until after the 14 days has passed.

    COVID Vaccine Requirement:

    Effective September 7th all learners, faculty and staff must provide proof of at least one-dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in any in-person learning or on-site activities. Proof of full vaccination will be required as of October 8th, 2021.

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