Master of Science in Health Informatics

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 06003

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

HIF (Full-time)
HIP (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,300 per credit for local students
HK$4,400 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Thomas Choi
BSc, MPhil, PhD

No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to offer an opportunity for professionals in healthcare and related disciplines to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and competencies needed to function more effectively, and to master the advanced use of information technology skills in healthcare settings.



This programme is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, and it aims to equip healthcare professionals and graduates from health-related or information technology- or engineering-related backgrounds with advanced information technology skills for use in healthcare settings. The course content addresses the needs of healthcare providers and allows for the introduction, re-orientation and/or conversion to a field that is of direct relevance to the student's place of employment.

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.


Programme Structure

Students need to complete 4 Compulsory Subjects, 2 Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject plus a Dissertation (or any three Core/Elective Subjects can replace the Dissertation).


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Electronic Patient Records
  • Epistemology
  • Information Technology in Healthcare
  • Professional Development in Health Informatics


Core Subjects

  • Applied Biosignal Processing
  • Business Intelligence & Data Mining
  • Computer Programming for Healthcare
  • Data Mining & Data Warehousing Applications
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiological Model Building for Healthcare & Risk Management
  • Intelligent Information Systems
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications
  • Project Management


Elective Subjects

  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Concepts of Health & Health Care
  • Database Systems & Management
  • Enterprise Applications & Systems Management
  • Ethics & Law in Clinical Practice
  • Health Needs of the Community
  • Information Security: Technologies & Systems
  • Information System Development with Object-Oriented Methods
  • Intellectual Property, Standards & Regulations of Medical Devices
  • Internet Computing & Applications
  • Internet Security: Principles & Practice
  • Methods & Tools for Knowledge Management Systems
  • Quality Management of Health Care Services
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Research Methods & Biostatistics
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis
  • Virtual Reality in Healthcare



  • Dissertation

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in either a health-related discipline, information technology, engineering or applied sciences, or the equivalent, from a recognised university and, preferably, relevant post-qualification experience in health-related services or industries.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For academic matters, please contact: 
Dr Thomas Choi (tel: (852) 3400 3214; email:

For general admission matters, please contact:
Miss Kendy Wong (tel: (852) 2766 4684; email:;
or Miss Sharon Law (tel: (852) 3400 3985; email:

Student Message

The MSc in Health Informatics programme provides an essential education for people who are interested or currently working in the health informatics field. It covers a wide range of topics related to healthcare and information technology, allowing students to absorb knowledge through various learning activities and benefit from the practical experience shared by health informatics professionals. The programme equipped me with the latest knowledge and advanced skill set needed to bridge the healthcare and information technology sectors.

WK Yeung

Studying in the MSc in Health Informatics programme at PolyU was a mind-stimulating experience. It gave me valuable insights into the diverse applications of IT in the healthcare field. Moreover, the panel of experts provided me with relevant and practical examples of innovative discoveries currently being used in the leading global healthcare systems.

Munira Mohammad

PolyU’s MSc in Health Informatics has allowed me to explore the ways in which health informatics exceed their use in clinical information systems, to include system architecture, and how information or data are structured and used to facilitate operations in the healthcare sector.  

Selina Chan (Advanced Practice Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate

Copies of transcripts and graduation certificates are required.

Info Seminar

No information is available at present.