Short Course in Principles of Health Informatics


• Option A (for credit eligibility): 4 days plus assessments*

• Option B (not for credit): 4 days

*N.B. Assessments may need to be completed in own time during and after completion of 4 day course.

Delivery mode:

• Internal (face-to-face workshops at Murdoch University, South Street campus)

• external (fully online)


9.00am – 4.00pm on Friday 6th and Friday 13th April 2018

9.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th April 2018


23 March 2018

Course Description:

Health Informatics is an fast changing scientific discipline concerned with the management of healthcare data, information and knowledge. This field deals with resources, devices and formalised methods for optimizing the storage, retrieval and management of biomedical information for problem-solving and decision-making. This Unit provides foundational knowledge to examine a range of information systems currently applied in delivering health care with the view to improving medical quality, patient safety, educational resources and patient - physician communication.

This course is proudly brought to you by the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs and the Murdoch School of Business and Governance.

Main Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:


1. Understand the difference between data-centric and information-centric technology

2. Identify the need for and benefits of health information exchange and interoperability

3. Describe the concept of health information organizations and how they integrate with the national strategy

4. Understand basic architectures that are commonly part of Health Information Systems

5. Recognize the inter-relationship between clinical practice guidelines, evidence-based medicine, and electronic health records

6. Understand the Human Genome Project and its important implications for health care


1. Critically evaluate the various patient-centric systems including those that integrate with electronic health records

2. Evaluate why patient safety is a national concern and how information technology can potentially improve or worsen patient safety

3. Examine the application of bioinformatics in genetic profiling of individuals and large populations

Enrolment options:

Option A (for credit eligibility): $3,030

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be granted three credit points. Participants may use these credits towards eligible postgraduate programs (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Graduate Diploma in Health Communication).
Please email us and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Principles of Health Informatics for credit eligibility (course code: SSWM533).

Option B (not for credit): $2,570

Students seeking to participate to the workshops on a non-credit basis will not need to complete the assessments. Students completing the course will receive a certificate of participation. Please email us and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Principles of Health Informatics not for-credit (course code: NSWM533).

Group enrolment:
Discounts may apply to groups of at least five people. Please contact us to receive the group rate.

Course Coordinator

• Dr Kathryn Napier, Research Associate, Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University

Guest Speakers

• Dr Roberto Barrero, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University
• Prof Sue Fletcher, Deputy Director and Principle Research Fellow, Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University
• Mr Nigel Chartres, Health Informatics Society Australia

Contact details

School of Business and Governance