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Health Information System

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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.

Key Features of the Course

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


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 provides a comprehensive overview of the components of the 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 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 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 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.
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback, course evaluation and survey forms. Please click on the following links to submit these forms.

How It Works

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.

Course Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: HIS
Average module length: 40 minutes
Total course time: 4-5 hours
Number of modules: 6
Institution: University of Queensland
Subject: Data and statistics
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course Author

Pacific Health Systems

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organisation | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

POLHN has dedicated public health professionals in its DPS research team who have decade long experiences in Health Security and Emergencies, NCDs and Health Through the Life course, and Health Systems.

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Pacific Health Systems

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