Master of Health Informatics

Health informatics provides a wealth of interesting and exciting technical challenges combined with the knowledge that the systems you work on can make a difference to real people. It involves the development and use of tools to improve health and the health care industry.

This new interdisciplinary area is a key enabler that allows health systems around the world to reduce costs and improve quality of care by using information effectively. During their healthcare journey patients may interact with a range of services and electronic systems that need to work effectively to provide quality care. These may include mobile devices (mhealth), monitoring and communication systems (telehealth), hospital  and community electronic health records (EHRs) and government systems.

New Zealand has traditionally been a leader in this area with health IT dominating the New Zealand software export sector. However there is a shortage of professionals who understand  the needs of clinical staff to develop effective health informatics IT tools.

The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) is a 180 point master’s degree focused on the technical aspects of health informatics. It is aimed at IT graduates and IT professionals in employment who are interested in studying some of the latest developments and trends in both practice and research in the area.

Graduates will have:
  •     The ability to analyse issues of the healthcare environment and the uses for information in healthcare
  •     The ability to evaluate, select and use appropriate standards in Health IT.
  •     Advanced knowledge of the uses and design of clinical information systems.
  •     The ability to critically analyse and use appropriate analytical techniques for decision support, quality assurance
        and research in healthcare.
You may work in  many  different sectors including the healthcare software industry, hospitals or district health boards, government, private health care providers, non-governmental organisations or primary health organisations.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1319
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1 to 1 1/2 years full-time / 3 years part-time
Venue: South Campus
Starting date: 27 February 2017 and 17 July 2017

AUT encourages early application. There are limited places available. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full. Applicants will normally be selected on the basis of their level of academic achievement and may be required to attend a selection interview.

We support part-time study  especially for people already in employment in the sector.

Entry requirements

Completed a relevant bachelor's degree with a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the requirements  above but who has an appropriate combination of academic and professional experience may be considered for admission subject to completion of any relevant prerequisite papers.


To qualify for the Master of Health Informatics, a student must complete 180 points.

COMP802 Health Information Standards (15 points)
COMP803  Clinical Information Systems and the Electronic Health Record (15 points)
COMP804 Health Analytics (15 points)
COMP805 Health Informatics and the Health Sector (15 points)
COMP811 Research Methods I (15 points)

SELECT an additional 3 papers (45 points) as electives from:
408217 Information Security (15 points)
409117 Readings (15 points)
409221 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
409224 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
409231 Autoidentification (15 points)
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)

Or any other postgraduate paper with the approval of the programme leader.

And a 60 point  (1 semester) applied research project which may be based around real-world problems, collaborating with health sector organisations and research groups at AUT.
COMP997 Applied Research Project (60 points)

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers (not all papers listed above will be open for enrolment in a given year).  

Please contact the Programme Administrator, Ann Wu-Ross for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.41pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.