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Master of Health Informatics

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.

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.
  • Course information

    Study area

    Information & Communication Technology



    Course Code


    ATAR (UAI)



    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent


    On Campus



    UAC Code


    Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

    Academic Requirements

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

    English Requirements

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

    English Test

    Overall Score





    IELTS Academic






    TOEFL (Internet-based)






    UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 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.


    2017 Information
    On Campus

    Session Fee: $14,832
    Full Course Fee: $59,328

    Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

    Overseas Health Cover:
    Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

    Entry Requirements

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


    2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
    On Campus

    Session Fee: $14,016
    Full Course Fee: $56,064

    The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in most postgraduate coursework degrees (excluding programs offered by the Sydney Business School and the Faculties of Commerce and Law.

    For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

    Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

    2017 Autumn


    Session Commences

    27 February 2017

    Applications Close

    Key dates are:

    • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
      Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

    • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2016
    Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

    2017 Spring


    Session Commences

    24 July 2017

    Applications Close

    International Applicants: 1 June
    Domestic Applicants: 30 June
    Late applications may be considered if places are available.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 17 July 2017
    Session: 24 July - 16 November 2017

    Course structure

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating from the Master of Health Informatics will be able to:

    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

    Candidates must successfully complete:

    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;
    3. ISIT990 Professional Practice & 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 CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
    Core Subjects
    ISIT929Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing6Spring
    ISIT930Introduction to Health Informatics6Autumn
    HAS 840Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics6Autumn
    ISIT906Information Design and Content Management6Spring
    Information Technology (24 credit points)
    MTS9311Database Management Systems6Autumn
    CSIT814Systems Analysis6Autumn, Spring
    CSIT811Programming Fundamentals6Spring
    CSIT815Data Management and Security6Spring
    Health Related Subjects (18 credit points)
    HAS 833Social Determinants of Health I6Autumn
    HAS 830Health Promotion Competencies6Spring
    HAS 834Health Promotion6Autumn
    HAS 835Public Health Policy6Spring
    HAS 831Contemporary Public Health Issues6Autumn
    ISIT990Professional Practice & Research Project12Annual, Spring/Autumn
    Advanced Information Technology Subjects (at least 12 credit points)
    ISIT908IT Governance6Spring
    ISIT917Business Intelligence6Autumn
    ISIT946Project and Change Management6Spring
    ISIT950Systems Development Methodologies6Not offered in 2017
    ISIT943Programming for Social Innovation6Spring
    MTS9307Web Programming II6Autumn
    Information Technology Subjects: complete sufficient units to complete degree credit points or more from the Advanced list
    ISIT903Enterprise Architecture Design6Autumn
    ISIT904Systems Integration6Spring
    ISIT910IT-enabled Supply Chain Management6Not offered in 2017
    ISIT925Strategic Network Design6Spring
    ISIT937Information Technology Security and Risk Management6Autumn
    ISIT938eBusiness Technologies6Autumn
    MTS9207Web Programming 16Spring
    CSIT828Introduction to Web Technology6Spring
    or any other subject approved by the Head of School or the Course Coordinator/s prior to commencement.

    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 accreditation

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

    Why choose this course?

    The Faculty's strength in health informatics is supported by the Initiative for e-Health Research Centre and by the Telecommunications and Information Technology Research Institute.

    World-renowned academic leaders covering a wide range of ICT majors are represented in the Faculty. Experts in areas such as Internet technology, telecommunications, IT policy and management, software engineering, computer security, power engineering, computer engineering, 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 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).