Master of Health Informatics


Programme Description

Course summary

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 to provide IT professionals with specific knowledge of health informatics and provide health professionals with a better understanding of IT within their industry.

You will study core subjects in Knowledge Engineering, Introduction to Health Informatics, Information Design and Content Management, and Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing. Depending on your previous qualifications, you will complete subjects from either an Information Technology or Health specialisation. You will also complete a Professional Practice and Research Project.

On graduation you 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.

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:

  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 an 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) specialisation, 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 Programme 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 the Advanced Information Technology Subject list.

Core Subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
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

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CSIT810 Programming with Python 6 Autumn
CSIT814 System Analysis 6 Autumn
CSIT815 Data Management and Security 6 Autumn, Spring
ISI9332 Business Process Management 6 Spring

Health-Related Subjects (18 credit points) for students with an IT background

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
HAS944 Social Complexities and Health 6 Autumn
HAS948 Health Promotion 6 Spring
HAS952 Health Promotion Theories and Models 6 Spring
HAS943 Health in All Policies 6 Autumn
HAS951 Public Health Communication 6 Available in 2020
CSIT940 Research Methodology 6 Autumn, Spring
ISIT990 Professional Practice and Research Project 12 Annual, Spring 2019/Autumn 2019

Advanced Information Technology Subjects (at least 12 credit points)

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
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 12 Spring

Information Technology Subjects: complete sufficient units to complete degree credit points or more from the list

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
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 Academic Programme Director to ensure appropriate subjects are chosen.

Accreditation & professional recognition

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

Why choose this course

Information technology is one of the most significant forces shaping all aspects of modern society. The Faculty's strength in health informatics is supported by the Centre for IT Enabled Transformation, where researchers seek to make a positive impact in the key areas of e-health, e-government, e-business and e-community.

World-renowned academic leaders covering a wide range of ICT majors are represented in the Faculty. Experts in areas such as IT policy and management, software engineering, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, pure, applied, financial and industrial mathematics, applied statistics, data mining, information systems, e-health, electronic commerce and robotics, work in close contact, creating an R&D synergy vital to propel future advances in ICT.

The Faculty is one of the largest sites of ICT research in the southern hemisphere. It has strong industrial links with major international companies, collaborative research and development projects with partners in South East Asia, Europe and USA, along with research partnerships in China, UK, USA, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and India.

The Faculty's work has created strong collaborative ties with the Simulation and Modelling, Research and Teaching (SMART) facility and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).


A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Entry Requirements

Recognised Bachelor degree with an equivalent average mark of 60% in an area related to either information technology or health.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Jan 2020

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