University of Technology Sydney

96342 Using Health Care Data for Decision Making

6cp; 6 x 1hr (online sessions), 15-20hpw (self-study and participation in activities); availability: online coursework degrees students only
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 92917 Using Health Care Data for Decision Making

Professional studies subject



This subject provides students with opportunities to learn about making effective decisions using health data and about the considerable potentials offered by the growing pools of health data being captured by digital systems throughout the health and social care systems.

Through participation in this subject, students gain foundational skills to understand health data, and come to appreciate the importance of data integrity and quality. While this subject is not aimed at making students data analysts or data scientists, it is important students appreciate the importance of the analysis and interpretation of health data, and do so by learning how to explore and manipulate data that are assembled to replicate real patient data to both generate and answer questions be this for managerial or clinical purposes. Students look at how and for what purposes we use analysed data and consider how to effectively communicate health data through data visualisation and data sharing, to translate health data into health information and knowledge for decision-making.

Guest lecturers, industry experts and real world examples highlight the data driven environment of healthcare. In this way, the subject enables students to make connections to other subjects in the MHSM course and encourages them to think about the relationship of health data and information to their role of as a manager and leader in health and social care now and into the future.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

Spring session, City campus


This subject was formerly named Using Data in Health Care Analysis.

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Access conditions

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