As an essential and rapidly-growing element of modern healthcare, health informatics is about delivering crucial information to healthcare professionals in a timely and accurate manner. As such, being able to keep up to date with the latest research and findings in the field is key to any health professional’s career advancement.
This Health Informatics Research unit offered by Open Universities Australia and Griffith University, provides students with the opportunity to evaluate published research and apply such findings to their professional healthcare environment.
You will be introduced to a number of principle concepts via a series of case studies, and will have the opportunity to explore a range of traditional, constructivist and critical paradigms through dissection of published research and analysis in the context of professional practice.
Health informatics is an evolving specialisation, linking information technology, communications and healthcare. Real-world application of the study could include introducing electronic health records for entire regions and communities, or exploring patient data for potential trends in disease and treatment. It is a suitable career path for people with analytical and inquisitive minds, and a strong interest in healthcare.
There are no prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.
Areas of study
In this Health Informatics Research unit, the topics you will study include:
Principal concepts of health informatics research and research in health informatics
Principal concepts of ethical issues in public health and health informatics research
General methodology and principles and issues in collecting, organising, representing and analysing data
Research activities in clinical informatics
Principal concepts and case studies – critical care
Principal concepts and case studies – patient/client safety
Principal concepts and case studies – chronic disease
Principal concepts and case studies – allied health practice
Principal concepts and case studies – community health care
Issues in health informatics – financial barriers; standards; cultural barriers
This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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By the completion of this unit, you will have a solid foundation in the relationship between theory and research and how this can be applied to health informatics. You will be able to identify the various methodological foundations that support research, and critically evaluate published research in health informatics in the context of your professional practice.
You will also learn how to frame research oriented questions about clinical, professional, educational and organisational aspects of health informatics, and you will have an opportunity to discuss the advantages and limitations of different research designs.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Informatics Research from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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