2018 Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Health Informatics | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Health Informatics



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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences

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Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

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Health services in Australia, as in most countries, are experiencing a surge of interest and investment in e-health.  The Master of Health Informatics is designed for both IT professionals as well as applicants with a health qualification. This degree produces graduates who are ICT professionals, especially for those entering with a health qualification, and to provide those with an IT background with specific knowledge of health informatics.

Graduates will be equipped to:

  • develop national and state-wide strategies for departments of health;
  • manage major health informatics projects within and between organisations;
  • provide leadership in health informatics in public and private hospitals, with health system vendors, telecommunications providers and pharmaceutical companies. 

The Master of Health Informatics is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting the requirements for membership at the "Professional Level".

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate health data management and technologies to improve the quality, efficiency, equity and safety of healthcare.
2 Interpret and apply policies and technologies to protect data integrity and validity, including information privacy and security policies and procedures.
3 Apply statistical and research methodologies to implement evidence-based healthcare management through information systems.
4 Communicate knowledge of health information systems and technology to healthcare organisations and stakeholders.
5 Evaluate, implement and use information systems’ tools, techniques, and methodologies applicable to the healthcare environment.
6 Apply, adapt and validate informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problems.
7 Work as an individual and as a member of a team in a manner consistent with ethical and professional standards.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Health Informatics, a candidate must successfully complete at least 96 credit points, comprised of

  1. four core subjects (24 cp);
  2. depending on previous qualifications students will complete either Information Technology (24 credit points) or Health (18 credit points) streams, or in exceptional circumstances where students have some knowledge in IT and health, students may complete subjects from both streams with the expressed permission of the Academic Program Director;
  3. CSIT940 Research Methodology (6cp) and  ISIT990 Professional Practice & Research Project (12cp) or ISIT998 IT Research Project (12cp);
  4. at least 12 cp from the Advanced Information Technology Subjects; and
  5. Information Technology Subjects sufficient units to complete degree credit points or additional subjects from Advanced Information Technology Subject list. 
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core Subjects
ISIT919 Knowledge Engineering 6 Autumn
ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics 6 Autumn
ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management 6 Spring
ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing 6 Spring
Information Technology (24 credit points) for students with a health background
CSIT810 Programming with Python 6 Autumn
CSIT814 System Analysis 6 Autumn
CSIT815 Data Management and Security 6 Autumn, Spring
ISIT932 Business Process Management 6 Spring
Health Related Subjects (18 credit points) for students with an IT background 
HAS 833 Social Determinants of Health I 6 Autumn
HAS 834 Health Promotion 6 Autumn
HAS 831 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn, Spring
HAS 830 Health Promotion Competencies 6 Spring
HAS 835 Public Health Policy 6 Spring
CSIT940 Research Methodology 6 Autumn, Spring
ISIT990 Professional Practice and Research Project 12 Annual, Spring 2018/Autumn 2019
Advanced Information Technology Subjects (at least 12 credit points)
ISIT908 IT Governance and Organisational Issues 6 Autumn
ISIT917 Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management 6 Autumn
ISIT950 Systems Development Methodologies 6 Autumn
INFO911 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 6 Autumn
ISIT946 Project and Change Management 6 Spring
Information Technology Subjects: complete sufficient units to complete degree credit points or more from the list
ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management 6 Autumn
ISIT938 eBusiness Technologies 6 Autumn
CSCI924 Reasoning and Learning 6 Spring
ISIT904 Enterprise Architecture Design and Systems Integration 6 Spring
ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management 6 Spring
ISIT912 Big Data Management 6 Spring
ISIT925 Strategic Network Design 6 Spring
or any other subject approved by the Head of School or the Course Coordinator/s prior to commencement.

* Students from health background need to complete 24 credit points from IT list and those from IT background need to take 18 credit points of health related subjects.

Note: Not all subjects may be available every year. In addition, an IT background is assumed for some of the listed electives. Students should consult with the Course Coordinator to ensure appropriate subjects are chosen.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Master of Health Informatics is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting the requirements for membership at the "Professional Level".

Other Information

For further information please email: eis@uow.edu.au or Academic Program Director

Last reviewed: 19 September, 2018