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Health Information System


University of Queensland


Data and statistics




Learn the essentials to be able to understand, analyse and build upon health data.

Gain the knowledge to effectively implement health information systems in all aspects of health practice.

Developed by the University of Queensland, this program is made up of detailed explanatory slides as well as some short assessments.

This course begins with an overview of what health information systems are and why they are important. Next, you will be taught the components, indicators and data sources of health information systems. Finally, you'll learn about data management and data analysis.

What will you learn?
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define a "health information system";
  • Name and describe common functions of a health information system;
  • Discuss common challenges within health information systems; and
  • Explain why it is important to improve health information systems.

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This self-paced, online health information management course has been designed for health workers, for providing them an enhanced understanding of the essentials of the data related to the health sector, how to analyze this data, and furthermore, how to build upon this data, in all aspects of health practice. Developed by the University of Queensland, the course is made up of detailed explanatory slides, as well as some short assessments, to enable students to test their knowledge, and enhance their learning outcomes.

After the completion of this course, the students shall be able to understand:

  • What is a "health information system"
  • The names and common functions of a health information system
  • Common challenges within health information systems
  • Why it is important to improve health information systems

Module - 1: The Importance of Health Information Systems (HIS)

As the name indicates, module 1 explains what constitutes a health information, components of a HIS, the measures that define the performance of a HIS, and the challenges faced during the implementation of a HIS.

Module - 2: The Components of Health Information Systems

Module 2 provides a comprehensive overview of the components of the health information systems.

Module - 3: The Indicators of Health Information Systems
Module 3 explains what an indicator of a health information system is, identification of the 'right' indicators suitable for various health situations, and various types of indicators used for health information systems. 
Module - 4: The Data Sources of Health Information Systems

Module 4 discusses the data sources of health information, the population-based data sources, the institution-based data collections and their purposes, and strengths and weaknesses of the various data sources.

Module - 5: The Data Management of Health Information Systems

Module 5 is concerned with the description of the components of the data management, and developing an understanding of the common data management issues encountered by various countries.

Module - 6: The Data Analysis of Health Information Systems

Module 6 covers topics such as the importance of data analysis, the basic ways of data analysis, and the methodologies and tools through which this analyzed data can be presented.

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Course Questions & Answers

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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our online certificate verification system here: If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at and we will help you.

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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This course is designed for health workers; it provides the essentials of data related to the health sector, how to analyse them and how to build upon this data in all aspects of health practice.

Health Information System

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