Short Courses

The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health draws on a wide network of university staff, national and international experts, to produce training programs that meet specific professional development needs in health informatics and digital health.

Study Health Informatics and Digital Health

fully online

July to December 2020

  • Enrol in a sequence of 4 specific subjects to earn a Graduate Certificate, OR
  • Enrol in a single subject, with or without assessment, OR
  • Enquiry about joining us to learn about one topic within a subject.

All subjects are taught at postgraduate level.
Enrol in the Graduate Certificate by 30 June 2020.

To enrol: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/how-to-apply
General enquiries: A/Prof Kathleen Gray kgray@unimelb.edu.au

ISYS90077 - Designing Digital Health Solutions

Starts 6 July; 2-week intensive
Lecturer: Dr Greg Wadley  

In this subject you’ll learn principles and practices of Interaction Design that will help you realize your technology ideas. In this studio-based class we will: intensively analyse a health problem from a patient’s perspective; brainstorm ideas for consumer-facing technologies that solve health problems; create design artefacts including Personas, Scenarios and Patient Journey Maps; build high-fidelity prototypes using contemporary industry design tools; evaluate prototypes via usability testing and widely-used heuristic tools; and write industry-standard design and test documents. Prior study of digital health or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

ISYS90069 - EHealth and Biomedical Informatics Systems

Starts 6 July; 6-week intensive
Lecturer: A/Prof Brian Chapman  
This subject introduces the background, current state, and future opportunities of digital health. It provides a basic understanding of health and disease and how individuals experience both.  It explores the nature of biomedical data, information, and knowledge - and how digital technologies are shaping the way these are used. Digital health technologies are examined from ethical, historical, technological, and psycho-social perspectives, considering positive and negative impacts. No prior knowledge of health science or information technology is required.

MAST90130 - Critical Thinking with Analytics

Starts 13 July; 9 weeks 
Lecturers from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Introduction to the principles and practice of dealing with data, including measurement scales, data organisation, summaries, study design and inference, with health-related examples throughout. Learn how to think critically about the use of data in the public and private sectors, and appraise how results and analyses are presented by outlets such as the media. The focus is on interpretation and understanding of the appropriate use of data rather than the technical details of performing the analysis. Basic familiarity with statistics is required, but no prior knowledge of health or information technology is required.

HLTH90006 - Basics of Digital Health for Clinicians

Starts 3 August; 12 weeks
Lecturers: Dr Mark Merolli & A/Prof Kathleen Gray  

This subject provides an overview of digital health and the influence of ICTs in clinical care, as well as in clinical research, population health and healthcare system planning. Digital health current approaches and future directions are explored from the perspectives of health and biomedical sciences, information science and technology, management sciences, and behavioural and social sciences - that is, within major health informatics competency frameworks such as the Certified Health Informatician Australasia and the American Medical Informatics Association. Suitable for practising clinicians or postgraduate students in any clinical health profession.

POPH90294 - Consumer Participatory Health Technology

Starts 3 August; 12 weeks
Lecturers from the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health

Growing numbers of consumers are actively using Internet technologies for health-related purposes – to facilitate taking care of their own health, accessing health services and getting involved in health research, for example. These consumers are influencing new approaches to health professional practice and health service design. Topics include: consumer digital health literacy; personal digital health technologies; how communities can participate in digital health; case studies of improving participatory experiences. The focus is on understanding the tools, the rules and the evidence available to inform good practice. Basic familiarity with the Internet is required, but no prior knowledge of health or information technology is required.

ISYS90078 - Health Data, Information and Knowledge

Starts 3 August; 12 weeks 
Lecturer: Ms Heather Grain  
This subject develops familiarity with fundamental aspects of health information science – when, why and how health data can be generated, collected, stored, communicated and integrated to inform patient care, health research and health services administration: (a) Designing and structuring health data in the era of big data in healthcare; (b) Managing and governing electronic health / medical records for safety and quality of care; (c) Structural and semantic interoperability to support data use for connected care and population health; (d) Managing and governing secondary use of data, including health services administration and health research. Prior study of digital health or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

INFO90001 - Health Informatics Methods and Tools

Starts 3 August; 12 weeks  
Lecturer: Dr Daniel Capurro  

This subject offers an overview of major health informatics research areas and methods that contribute to quality improvement, scientific research, and technological innovation in healthcare and biomedicine: (a) Undertaking digital health research and innovation projects; (b) Managing exponential growth in health and biomedical knowledge; (c) Analysing structured and unstructured health data; (d) Modelling and simulating the dynamics of health conditions and health services. Prior study of digital health or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

ISYS90079 - Health IT Project

Starts 3 August; 12 weeks
Lecturer: Dr Daniel Capurro 

Students in this subject simulate the work of a consultant engaged to provide independent health informatics advice to an organisational client in the health sector. Students receive a realistic consultancy brief in the first week of study, setting out a complex information system or information technology issue related to managing health data, health information or health knowledge within an organisational setting. The subject provides students with skills and knowledge for scoping and staging an industry research project, analysing and solving problems, formulating options, planning to implement recommendations, and enhancing professional written and oral presentation skills. To enrol, you must be in the final semester of a Master of Information Systems Health specialisation.

POPH90263 - Technology and Ageing

Starts 5 October; 9 weeks
Lecturers: Dr Steven Baker & A/Prof Kathleen Gray

This subject looks at the ways in which recent technological advancements can revolutionise the experience, management and future of ageing. Innovations in how we age are explored from multiple perspectives, including how technology can support autonomy and independent living as well as social connectedness to minimise the isolation common in later life. The subject offers an introduction to the aged care information technology industry and major products and services. Assistive technologies are covered, such as robotics and sensors that monitor behaviour and health conditions. Lastly, this subject considers technologies for end-of-life support, for longevity and for regenerative medicine. No prior knowledge or experience of health or information technology is required.


Please contact the Centre for Digital Transformation of Health if you would like to discuss further at health-informatics@unimelb.edu.au