Master of Health Informatics

button for easy access to information about this qualificationDuring 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 (EHR’s) and government systems. 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 addresses this demand. It’s aimed at IT graduates and IT professionals interested in the latest developments and trends in the area. Graduates may work in many different sectors including the healthcare software industry, hospitals or district health boards, government, private healthcare providers, non-governmental organisations or primary health organisations.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK1319
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1 1/2 years full-time / 3 years part-time
Venue: South Campus
Starting date: 26 February and 16 July 2018

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.

Guidelines to entry


To qualify for the Master of Health Informatics, a student must complete 180 points. The core papers and electives take one year to complete. The final part of the programme is a one semester applied research project, which may be in collaboration with health sector organisations and research groups at AUT.

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 45 points from:
COMP809 Data Mining and Machine Learning (15 points)
COMP813 Artificial Intelligence (15 points)
COMP816 Autoidentification (15 points)
COMP821 Information Security (15 points)
INFS804 eSystems Design and Development (15 points)
INFS807 Readings (15 points)

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

And a 60 point (1 semester) research project
COMP997 Applied Research Project (60 points)

Master of Health Informatics

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

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 for programme information and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.48pm

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