Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the focus is design, management, extraction and integration of health data. Students develop practical skills in developing and maintaining fully relational health databases using national health data standards and models, and use products and report-writing packages applicable to the health field, specifically Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel. They are introduced to the theoretical and logical principles of health database and system administration, including data warehousing and linkage, and to metadata for both healthcare client and provider identification. The subject enables students to identify the significant institutions and stakeholders in the health IT industry and introduces them to new directions in health informatics.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HIM4IHA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate and apply national health data standards and models for data storage design

Access database assignment

02. Analyse critically and synthesise health data in spreadsheet formats

Practice working with spreadsheets in labs

03. Design and implement databases, including data entry and building queries and reports

Database assignment

04. Apply evidence-based database design principles based on contemporary models and frameworks

Database assignment

05. Identify and evaluate significant institutions, companies and stakeholders (and their products) in the health information technology industry

Synthesise data reports from aggregated morbidity and healthcare administrative data from government datasets

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDennis Wollersheim

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500 word database assignment30 01, 03, 04, 05
One 2-hour written examination50 03, 04, 05
One 1000 word database assignment20 01, 02, 04, 05