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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.
The discipline of health and biomedical informatics sits at the intersection of at least four fields of research – health science, computer science, information science and knowledge management.
In recent years the collection, storage and usage of electronic health data (ehealth) has exponentially grown. Increases in the complexity and comprehensiveness of health 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 and biomedical practice and research, as well as in the ehealth sector of the 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
Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of:
- Health information attributes and standards
- Health information management principles and practices
- Health information technology concepts and applications
- Health information systems, services and strategies
Students will hone generic skills such as analytical thinking, IT and internet literacy, teamwork, presentation and report writing skills.
Last updated: 9 October 2020