Health Infomatics

Health Informatics (eHealth) is a transformational force in health around the world, and relies increasingly on new kinds of knowledge required by all of the health professions as well as on a specialised professional workforce.

Contemporary research in healthcare and medicine is information intensive. The Health Informatics major introduces you to the interdisciplinary field of health and biomedical infromatics, and to the core principles and practices of the health informatician. It intergates biomedical information technology and knowledge management, the socioeconomic challenges of delivering healthcare systems and new methods of clinical and epidemiological research. In Australian and overseas demand is increasing for people with these specialised skills and knowledge who can lead delivery of e-health solutions for patient care and disease management.

This major is only available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

  • Career Options

    This major will open up pathways for students to work effectively with ehealth and biomedical informatics in future health profession careers. Alternatively, students may choose to pursue accredited specialist careers as health informaticians in healthcare, industry, government and research settings, following relevant work experience and certification exams..

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Health Informatics major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Health Informatics Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Foundations of Computing
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Learning & the Digital Generations
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Foundations of Information Systems
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Foundations of Informatics
Sport, Education & the Media
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Database Systems
Communicating Science & Technology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Usability Engineering
Web Information Technologies
Science & Society
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Health & Biomedical Informatics
IT Project
Youth & Popular Culture

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.


  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Health Informatics Major Handbook page