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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics (PGDipHealInf)


Please note: no new enrolments are being accepted for this programme.


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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Contact details

Programme Administrator
Department of Information Science

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Subject area

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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 Otago Medical School, 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 Otago Medical School, or
      2. hold a professional qualification in a health-related field or have satisfied the Otago Medical School 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: HEIN 701, HEIN 702
      2. two papers selected from HEIN 703, HEIN 704, HEIN 705, HEIN 706, HEIN 707
    2. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, 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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