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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf)

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Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf) is a joint initiative between the University of Otago's Dunedin School of Medicine (Health Sciences) and Department of Information Science (Commerce), delivered over the Internet with weekly direct on-line contact with your tutor.

This postgraduate diploma is intended for health care professionals whose prime focus may be in clinical care delivery, management, education, quality assurance, information systems, or research. Admission may be possible for those with significant health-care work experience but without an undergraduate qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Information for new applicants

Types of students that this qualification and set of papers would suit include a range of professionals. They could be health care professionals, health care managers, information technology professionals or health data analysts. The academic background mostly needed to partake in this qualification is a professional qualification in a health-related field or years of experience in the health sector.

Student intakes can be throughout the year but it works best if admission is sought before a new academic year starts, which would allow the papers to be completed in an order that has been designed to be built paper by paper. Applicants are advised to send a brief curriculum vitae with their application indicating qualifications and work experience.

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Contact details

Programme Administrator
Department of Information Science
Email: Healthinfo-admin@infoscience.otago.ac.nz

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Subject area

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf)

The programme shall consist of four papers:

  • Two core papers:
    • HEIX 701 Essential Information Management Skills,
    • HEIX 702 Principles of Health Informatics.
  • Two papers selected from:
    • HEIX 703 Health Information Systems,
    • HEIX 704 Evidence-based Practice,
    • HEIX 705 Computer-aided Learning in Health Care,
    • HEIX 706 Research Methods for Health Informatics,
    • HEIX 707 Health Ethics and the Internet.

Subject to approval, a candidate may substitute for one of the prescribed papers, an appropriate paper at an equivalent level offered by another university or an approved examining body.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, or
      2. hold a professional qualification in a health-related field or have satisfied the Faculty of Medicine that previous training and experience is appropriate for the applicant to undertake the programme.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme shall consist of four papers:
      1. two core papers: HEIX 701, HEIX 702;
      2. two papers selected from HEIX 703, HEIX 704, HEIX 705, HEIX 706, HEIX 707.
    2. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a candidate may substitute for one of the prescribed papers, an appropriate paper at an equivalent level offered by another university or approved examining body.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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