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Health and Biomedical Informatics (INFO30007)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeINFO30007
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Health and biomedical informatics is the body of knowledge that concerns the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in, about and for human health, and the design and management of related information systems to advance the understanding and practice of healthcare, public health and biomedical research.

In recent years the collection, storage and usage of electronic health (ehealth) and biomedical data has exponentially grown. Increases in the complexity and comprehensiveness of health and biomedical information systems have driven growth in demand for a specialised workforce.

Careers in health informatics and ehealth could involve developing systems, analysing data, conducting research and applying health information systems in clinical practice, biomedical research, public health as well as in the ehealth sector of IT industry.

This kind of work involves a specialist workforce and is also of importance to health professionals (nurses, doctors, allied health, pharmacy, public health, etc), health managers and policy makers.

This subject introduces the field of health and biomedical informatics and provides students with the basic knowledge and skills to pursue professional certification as a health informatician.

Intended learning outcomes

To gain a general knowledge of several aspects related to the discipline of Health and Biomedical Informatics, namely:

  • Core principles of the discipline
  • Health sciences
  • Information sciences
  • Management science
  • Information and communication technology
  • Human and social context

Therefore after the completion of this subject, students should be able to pursue professional certification as health informaticians.

Last updated: 11 May 2017