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DIGH707 Digital health Information Governance and Ethics

Introduces the concepts of ethics and moral behaviour as it relates to the governance of Digital Health and health informatics.

We can no longer imagine health and health care without (digital) technology: from before we are born until we become old and/or sick, the use of technology is inseparable from the delivery of health services. In this paper, students will analyse the ethical challenges arising from this technology use based on specific case studies including artificial intelligence, wearables, Dr. Google, internet of things and remote monitoring technology for older adults. Next to the classic privacy and security debate, other ethical implications focusing on patient autonomy, empowerment, the patient-provider relationship and equity will be discussed.

Paper title Digital health Information Governance and Ethics
Paper code DIGH707
Subject Digital Health
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HEIN 707, HEIX 707

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr. Tania Moerenhout Bioethics Centre, OMS

Paper Structure

This paper will be structured along four life phases, considering the ethical questions of digital technology use in each phase: Before Birth; Leading a Healthy Life; When Illness Strikes; In Old Age. Ethical questions will be evaluated on the level of the individual user or patient, within the health care system and in broader society.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.


All material will be available on Blackboard. There are no specific textbooks to be used for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who sucessfully complete this paper will:

  1. Have an appreciation of theories that form the basis of ethics.
  2. Understand how and where ethical theories are applied.
  3. Be aware of various codes of conduct (and their components)
  4. Have a general understanding of medical and bioethical issues.
  5. Have an overview of ethics as they specifically apply to Digital health activities.
  6. Have developed an opinion on the essential elements of ethical behaviour in Digital health settings.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 17:00-18:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41