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


    Admission, Key dates, and Fees

    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.


    2018 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.


    2018 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.

    Admission information

    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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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

    Profile information

    This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


    This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


    This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



    Selection Rank

    Highest rank to receive an offer



    75th percentile rank to receive an offer



    Median rank to receive an offer



    25th percentile rank to receive an offer



    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
    N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
    Understanding ATAR profile data

    ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
    Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


    This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


    2016 intake

    2016 intake (%)

    Higher education study



    Vocational education & training study



    Recent secondary education

    Basis of admission

    ATAR Only



    ATAR plus additional criteria



    Other criteria only (non-ATAR)



    Work & life experience



    International students



    All students



    L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
    Understanding student profile data

    Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
    Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
    ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
    ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
    early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
    Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
    schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
    Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
    International student represents all other students.


    For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

    2018 Autumn


    Session Commences
    26 February 2018

    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: 20 - 22 February 2018
    Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

    2018 Spring


    Session Commences

    23 July 2018

    Applications Close
    29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 16 July 2018
    Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

    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).