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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: 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.


    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.

    Session Details

    Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2017
    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

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    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. CSIT940 Research Methods (6cp) and 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 Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Core Subjects
    ISIT930 Introduction to Health Informatics 6 Autumn
    HAS 840 Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics 6 Autumn
    ISIT929 Concepts and Issues in Healthcare Computing 6 Spring
    ISIT906 Information Design and Content Management 6 Spring
    Information Technology (24 credit points) for students with a health background
    CSIT814 System Analysis 6 Autumn, Spring
    CSIT810 Programming with Python 6 Autumn
    CSIT815 Data Management and Security 6 Autumn
    ISIT912 Big Data 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 2017/Autumn 2018
    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
    ISIT904 Enterprise Architecture Design and Systems Integration 6 Spring
    ISIT910 IT-enabled Supply Chain Management 6 Spring
    ISIT925 Strategic Network Design 6 Spring
    ISIT937 Information Technology Security and Risk Management 6 Autumn
    ISIT938 eBusiness Technologies 6 Autumn
    CSCI924 Reasoning and Learning 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.

    Course Handbook

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    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

    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).