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Master of Health Sciences (Health Information Management)

Health Information Management sceneThe 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.

The Master of Health Sciences (Health Information Management) [MHealSc(Health Information Management)] is a 240-point, research focused degree. This degree will appeal to those interested in developing research skills in the health sector. Student research examines a range of significant issues in health sciences with the aim of contributing to the evidence leading to improved health and well-being.

The Master of Health Sciences consists of two parts, usually completed within two years by full-time students. In Part 1, students follow the endorsed specialisation programme. Students will be asked to critically reflect, to link theory to policy and practice in their coursework during the first year (Part 1), and to develop a research question focused on Health Information Management.

Following on from the coursework in Part 1, the thesis research (Part 2) is generally completed by an original investigation relevant to Health Information Management, which may be conducted locally, within New Zealand, or overseas, with the support of supervisors specifically selected to support your topic. A full year of research is recommended although other options may be available in certain circumstances. 

A recent masters thesis was completed by Ennety Hwata: The Attitudes that New Zealand Chinese and Korean People Have Toward Sharing Their Health Information in Electronic Health Records in Christchurch.

You can start in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2). This degree normally takes 4 semesters full time or 8 semesters part time. 

For specific information about 2017 courses, when you get to the general course page, please click on the red link for the course occurrence.

Part-time students please check with a student advisor before enrolling.


Part 1
Semester 1

Part 1
Semester 2

Part 2
Year 2

Required courses
150 pts
  HLTH402 Health Information Management
(30 pts)
    HLTH690 MHealSc Thesis
(120 pts)
30 pts from this selection

INFO633 Knowledge Management
(15 pts) Semester One: Tuesdays 9-11am,
Feb 19 - 3 June 2018

INFO620 Information Systems Management
(15 pts)


MBIS601 Management of Information Systems
(15 pts) Term One: Tuesdays 29 Jan - 8 Apr 2018, or Term Four: Mondays 11am - 2pm, 8 October to 9 November 2018

MBIS623 Data Management
(15 pts) Term Two: Mondays 10am - 1pm, 24 Apr to 2 Jul 2018
Research methods course or other approved alternative
30 pts from this selection

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research (30 pts)


HLTH464 Research Approaches for Health
(30 pts)
30 pts from the schedule or GEOG401 or other approved courses GEOG401 Well-Being, Community and Place
(30 pts)
HLTH403 Environmental Health (30 pts)  

HLTH401 Health and Health Systems
(30 pts)

HLTH407 Bioethics
(30 pts)


HLTH430 Motivating Behaviour Change I
(30 pts)

HLTH409 Health and Culture
(30 pts)

  HLTH431 Motivating Behaviour Change 2 
(if previously taken HLTH430)
(30 pts)
  HLTH433 Bioethics A
(15 pts) (Term 3)
  HLTH434 Bioethics B
(15pts) (Term 4)

HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions
(30 pts)


HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care
(30 pts)


HLTH469 Health Issues in the Community
(30 pts)



In Part 1 part-time students would usually complete one or two courses per semester to total 30 points. Full-time students would usually complete two to four courses per semester to total 60 points.

Part 2 may be completed part-time with prior approval.

Please refer to individual course webpages for further details regarding course dates, workshops and other attendance requirements.