Master of Science in Health Informatics

Sept 2019 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$4,670 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
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Epidemiology
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications
  • Project Management


Elective Subjects

  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Database Systems & Management
  • Ethics & Law in Clinical Practice
  • Health & Social Policy Analysis 
  • Health Care Ethics 
  • Healthcare Innovation
  • Intellectual Property, Standards & Regulations of Medical Devices
  • Internet Computing & Applications
  • Issues in Health Sociology 
  • 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 is not only about teaching health informatics and data science, but also about healthcare systems, policies, project management and so on. I cannot think of any other curriculum that draws on such a wide variety of expertise from around the university. Students in this programme come from a wide variety of disparate backgrounds. Being in a class of a mixed group of people with technical and healthcare expertise was amazing and impressive. The programme has helped me to understand healthcare from so many different perspectives. I am grateful that it will help me continue on my lifelong learning path. 

Carol Fong (Research Officer)

Health Informatics (HI) is an expanding field and is designed to improve patient care. Information technology (IT) is playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives, including healthcare. It helps improve medical services through the development of new and effective technological solutions to meet various clinical needs.


PolyU offers a unique, faculty-based postgraduate programme that covers a wide range of health informatics topics, including knowledge of clinical practice, standards and knowledge management, IT applications for healthcare, IT infrastructure development and management, and future healthcare technological innovations. The programme helped me to develop the advanced skills and knowledge I require in my career. It also improved my professional competence through discussions and the sharing of experiences by specialists and subject lecturers from different departments.


The MSc HI programme has not only equipped me with theories and knowledge, but has also broadened my vision and honed my practical skills as an IT Assistant. It has provided me with the impetus to achieve a higher level of professional accomplishment.

Geoffrey Wong (IT Assistant)

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate

Copies of transcripts and graduation certificates are required.

Info Seminar

Date Time Venue Remark
12 Jan 2019 (Sat) 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Room CD301, PolyU