Master of Science in Health Informatics



What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to offer an opportunity for healthcare professionals and professionals in 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.

Programme Structure

Students need to complete 3 Compulsory Subjects, 2 Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects plus a Dissertation (alternatively, any 3 Core/Elective Subjects can replace the Dissertation).

Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects

  • Electronic Patient Records
  • Information Technology in Healthcare
  • Professional Development in Health Informatics

Core Subjects

  • Applied Biosignal Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Intelligence & Data Mining
  • Computer Programming for Healthcare
  • Digital Imaging & PACS
  • Epidemiology
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications
  • Machine Learning & Data Analytics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Project Management
  • Software Project Management
  • Technology Innovation & Management

Elective Subjects

  • Advanced Technology & Clinical Application in Nuclear Medicine Imaging
  • Big Data Computing
  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Data Structures & Database Systems
  • 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
  • Medical Imaging Physics
  • Quality Management of Health Care Services
  • Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Research Methods & Biostatistics
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis
  • Virtual Reality in Healthcare



Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$153,000.00 (16,23,273) per year
HK $5,100 per credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 65th in the QS World University Rankings and 79th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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