1 x 4-day intensive workshop once-only
Admission into MHA-Master of Hospital Administration
Assumed knowledge
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of Local Health Systems and Organisational Structures, i.e. be familiar with the area of the health system they work in.
Assignment(s); Workshop attendance and participation
Topic description
Health informatics can be seen as a nascent discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science and healthcare. The topic combines both theoretical and practical informatics concepts in healthcare and is available to students enrolled in the MHA program internationally. The four day face-to-face program consists of lectures, interactive instruction, practical work, and learner presentations and critique.
Educational aims
To enhance participants' understanding of current developments in health informatics and their potential impact on the delivery of local health care services; and to assist participants in developing a set of skills for making operational and strategic management decisions in relation to health informatics.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic the learner should be able to:

  • Define the four (4) elements of health informatics: data, information, knowledge, and decisions

  • Explain the processes of sourcing, accessing and storing electronic information; aggregating, linking and benchmarking information; visualising data to construct meaning; and the behaviour, values and engagement required in making informed healthcare decisions

  • Apply the four elements of health informatics in addressing a health issue/problem, considering the clinical, administrative and technical implications involving healthcare practitioners and processes.