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There are a range of undergraduate and postgraduate university courses in health informatics available in NZ. Key courses are listed below. For more information on these courses please contact the academic institution.


Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Masters in Health Informatics for postgraduate students
This programme is technically focussed and recruits students with an educational background or experience in Computing and/or Health Informatics. Students can also take the papers individually or as part of other qualifications. PhDs and Masters theses are currently being undertaken in; Semantic web applications in healthcare, App development for wellness, RFID in healthcare, Disaster ehealth and a number of other health Informatics related areas.  


The Centre for ehealth is a multidisciplinary unit concerned with transformational research and development, with members from many schools at AUT. Postgraduate research in a wide range of ehealth areas is being conducted by students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Contact: Associate Professor Dave ParryAcademic leader for the MHI

University of Canterbury

Master in Health Sciences (Health Information Management endorsement)

The rapid expansion of information technology, combined with an escalating demand for health services and changing patterns of health care delivery, have had a major impact on the health sector.


The transition from “Industrial Age Medicine” to “Information Age Health Care” (British Medical Journal - 1997, 314, 1495) has created unprecedented pressure for new ways to provide, present, manage and monitor health information, with information technology central to these processes. World wide, there is now huge investment in such technology, which in one way or another is used by most health practitioners on a daily basis.


Advanced training in health information management is increasingly being sought by health sector administrators and managers, technical and support staff, and clinicians whose effective performance of their role is increasingly reliant on up-to-date and well-managed information.


Courses include: HLTH401 Health and Health; HLTH402 Health Information Management; GEOG401 Geographies of Health and Well-being or HLTH407 Bioethics; or HLTH410 Health Leadership and Management or HLTH433 Bioethics A and HLTH434 Bioethics B; or HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research and approved courses to at least 1 EFTS.


Download the Health Information Management brochure (PDF, 123KB)


Contact: Associate Professor Ray Kirk

University of Auckland

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (in Health Informatics)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (in Health Informatics) is for clinicians, allied health workers, associated degrees in health, and those with a computing background and healthcare experience.


You can complete the Diploma (8 courses) or a Certificate (4 courses) to equip you as a health informatician. PhDs and Masters thesis topics cover: health informatics strategy; leadership for innovation development; usefulness and usability of ED clinical information systems; patient portals and why doctors refer patients to online mental health tools.

For further information, please refer to the University of Auckland website.

Contact: Dr Karen Day, Director of Health Informatics Programme

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Health Sciences - Pathways 

This pathway relates to a wide range of emerging options in health innovation, health IT and health intelligence. It is a good preparation for postgraduate study in health informatics. 

For further information, please refer to the University of Auckland website.
Contact: Dr Karen Day, Director of Health Informatics Programme

Massey University

Master of Management (Health Service Management) - MMgt(HSM) / Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management - PGDipHSM
The PGDipHSM is an advanced programme of professional education for people working in the health and disability sectors, who wish to prepare themselves for positions in health service management. Current clinical leaders and managers seeking qualifications and further training will also benefit from undertaking the PGDipHSM. You can study part time or full time by flexible Distance Learning. Course content and assessments can be applied to your own workplace or area of interest. 


Core topics covered are Health Systems Management and Health Informatics & Information Management. Elective papers (select two) include Health Policy, Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management, Health Research Design and Method, Health Economics or other approved 700-level paper.


Successful students may proceed to the (Master of Management (Health Service Management) by completing the professional practice paper or to the Master of Business Studies (MBS) or Master of Nursing degrees (MN). In addition the MMgt(HSM) may be credited towards RACMA fellowship. Progression to PhD study from the MBS may be an option.


For further information please contact: Dr Inga Hunter


Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University has several programmes in health that have an ICT component, and ICT programmes where you can focus your research in the area of health informatics.

Health Services Research Centre

The HSRC, which is based in the School of Government at Victoria, undertakes research into health services and health systems policy issues in New Zealand. Much of this work involves analysis of large data sets or data from Health Information Systems. PhD and Master’s research in areas such as: Maori health, Pacific health, Health systems research and evaluation, Priority setting in healthcare, Access to healthcare research and evaluation. Information systems for primary health care are of particular interest at the present point in time, including how improved access to information and patient records might work well for patients.
School of Information Management

The Information Systems group in the School of Information Management (SIM) includes PhD candidates working on ICT systems and applications in the health sector, and enquiries are welcome.


Information about the PhD in SIM is available at:

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science offers graduate programmes and Master’s and PhD study in a number of areas related to health informatics including the Communications and Signal Processing (CaSP) group, which works with biomedical devices, and the Robotics group.


Further information is available at:

School of Biological Sciences 
The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research(PGDipCR) provides clinical researchers with the skills for undertaking drug development and clinical trials. Largely taught online by clinicians from Capital & Coast District Health Board and the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand. Aimed at: biomedical scientists, doctors, nurse, biostatisticians, allied health professionals and psychologists.
Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

The GSNMH supervises PhD and Master’s research in Nursing Informatics, usually with support from another relevant school.


Email for further information.



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