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Health Data Analytics and machine learning are becoming essential skills in the job market and soon they will be required in education (see this systematic review that concludes that “recommend the integration of AI training into medical and health informatics curricula

Also, knowledge of machine learning is one of the top skills required in the health informatics related jobs in Canada. (See this website about the prospect of work in data related jobs across provinces and the skills needed (click on Ontario to see the skills in Ontario)
Also see these figure from a report to the government last year (2021) about the need of AI in Healthcare (and finance industry)
Hence, SAHMPI strongly recommends that all students in health informatics and health informatics certificate to consider HLST 3350 as an essential course to enroll in to have an extra skill that might (1) give them an advantage in the job market and (2) open new doors for employment.