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  • 1. Master of Information Technology Specialisation in HealthIntroductionThe health sector is increasingly relying on information and communication technology to deliver better health outcomesfor individuals and communities. IT in health enables innovations that drive greater accuracy, efficiency and efficacy inareas including diagnostics, monitoring, health service design and health research.There is growing demand for specialised health IT professionals, but a shortage of skilled practitioners in Australia andinternationally.The Master of Information Technology Specialisation in Health is a groundbreaking new program designed to meet thegrowing need for IT professionals with expertise specific to the health domain.The course is taught by the University’s experts in IT and its health applications and by Health Informaticians from theMelbourne Medical School, also linked with IBES (Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society). Students will work in themidst of the most exciting health technology precinct in the southern hemisphere. Here, world-leading researchers aretackling major health and medical challenges by developing and deploying cutting edge technology, such as the world’sonly supercomputer dedicated to the life sciences, the IBM Blue Gene/Q, and the Australian Broadband ApplicationsLaboratory.Program FocusThe Master of Information Technology develops core competencies in the following areas: • programming, algorithms, complexity, network programming, database systems, project management and advanced information technology.The Health IT specialisation offers a focus on the use of IT to process health information for purposes including improvedindividual health, healthcare, public health and biomedical research, prevention of medical errors and reduced healthcarecosts. Key subject areas include: • eHealth and biomedical informatics systems • information systems in health • biomedical and clinical data and knowledge.Key FeaturesThe Master of Information Technology offers: • entry levels suitable to a wide range of study backgrounds and experience • emphasis on durable, high value attributes, transferable to any domain, such as: • analytical and solution orientation • development and planning skills • adaptability • ability to evolve technologies/platforms/systems to meet new demands • ability to contribute to organisational/product/system transformation through technology • an industry project (competitive entry) or project in your own workplace • joint teaching by staff from Computing and Information Systems and Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences • immersion in the Parkville biomedical precinct including the Victorian Life Sciences Computing Initiative (VLSCI) • a flexible program with classes taught after business hours. • Focus on delivering value through problem solving. • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available.www.msi.unimelb.edu.au
  • 2. Master of Information Technology Specialisation in HealthProgram InformationDuration1 year, 1.5 year and 2 year (full-time) options. Part-time study available.Entry requirementsEntry Level 1 (200 points) – 2 years full-time: • Any undergraduate degree, with a final year grade average of at least 65% (or University of Melbourne equivalent), and at least one technical subject focused on computer programming (taken at any year level).Entry Level 2 (150 points) – 1.5 years full-time: • A three-year undergraduate degree with a major in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or related discipline, with a final year grade average of at least 65% (or University of Melbourne equivalent).Entry Level 3 (100 points) – 1 year full-time: • A four-year undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or related discipline, with a final year grade average of at least 65% (or University of Melbourne equivalent) and either: (a) studies in the area of specialisation at an advanced undergraduate level or higher; or (b) at least two years of documented work experience in the area of specialisation.StructureCore IT subjects let students mingle with other IT Masters students and provide portable knowledge and skills across the industry. Foundation Subjects Specialisation and Advanced Specialisation Subjects These subjects are compulsory for Entry Depending on entry level, one or more of the following are prescribed, while others Level 1 students. are elective. • Programming and Software • eHealth and Biomedical Informatics • IT Project and Change Development (12.5 pts) Methods (12.5 pts)* Management (12.5 pts) • Algorithms and Complexity (12.5 pts) • eHealth and Biomedical Informatics • Health IT Project (25 pts) • Internet Technologies (12.5 pts) Systems (12.5 pts)* (compulsory) • Database Systems and Information • Web Information Technologies (12.5 • IT Industry Placement (25 pts) Modelling (12.5 pts) pts) • Health Data, Information and • Enterprise Systems (12.5 pts) Knowledge (12.5 pts )* • Innovation & Entrepreneurship • IT Infrastructure for eHealth (12.5 (12.5 pts) pts)* • Engineering for Internet • eHealth Applications and Solutions Applications (12.5 pts) (12.5 pts)* • Knowledge Technologies (12.5 pts) • Data Warehousing (12.5 pts) • Fundamentals of Information • Knowledge Management Systems Systems (12.5 pts) (12.5 pts) • Mobile Computer Systems Programming (12.5 pts) * These are prescribed ehealth and biomedical informatics subjects, aligned with international curriculum and accreditation standards for specialised health informatics professionals.Further informationFurther information, application procedures and an enquiry form are available from the Master of Information Technology page onthe Melbourne School of Information web site: www.msi.unimelb.edu.auFor enquiries specific to the Health Specialisation in the Master of Information Technology please contact:e: health-informatics@unimelb.edu.au tel: +61 3 9035 4943Authorised by the Marketing and Communications Manager, Melbourne School of Engineering © 2012 The University of Melbourne. Until a CRICOS Code is granted, this programcannot enrol international students. CRICOS Provider Code 00116K. The information in this publication was correct at the time of printing. The University reserves the right to makeschanges as appropriate