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Postgraduate Diploma in 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.

If you are a current health practitioner in New Zealand you may be entitled to Health Workforce NZ Funding. Please contact your local DHB for application details.

You can start in either February (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2). 

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

The table below is a suggested pathway for this programme. Please note there are further optional courses available from Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. Please check course availability.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Required courses
30 pts


HLTH402 Health Information Management
(30 pts)
30 pts from this selection

INFO633 Knowledge Management
(15 pts)

INFO620 Information Systems Management
(15 pts)

MBIS601 Management of Information Systems
(15 pts) Usually held in Term One (January to April) or Term Four: (October to November)

MBIS623 Data Management
(15 pts) Usually held in Term Two (April to July)
60 pts from the schedule or GEOG401

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)

HLTH460 Critical Appraisal in Health Research
(30 pts)
HLTH433 Bioethics A
(15 pts) (Term 3)
  HLTH434 Bioethics B
(15pts) Term 4)
  HLTH469 Health Issues in the Community
(30 pts)
  HLTH472 Quantitative Methods in Health Research (Introductions to Psychometric Theory and Administration)
(15 pts)
  HLTH408 (C) Qualitative Health Methodologies (Special Topic: Independent Study)
(15 pts)

HLTH462 Health Intervention Research Methods
(15 pts) (two semester course)

Part-time students are encouraged to take the core papers for their qualification first.

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.

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