Health Informatics and Analytics (PG Certificate / PG Diploma / Master)

Health Informatics and Analytics (PG Certificate / PG Diploma / Master)

Health Informatics and Analytics is a discipline that combines healthcare, information technology and artificial intelligence. As one of the fastest growing economic sectors worldwide, Health Informatics (also referred to as Digital Health) is, in many countries, creating job opportunities twice as fast as any other economic sector.

IMU’s one-year full-time Master in Health Informatics and Analytics programme – also available part-time – provides the perfect pathway for recent graduates or professionals from various areas who intend to move their career into this area of the healthcare sector. This is also an ideal programme for current health and social care practitioners who are looking to gain additional knowledge and skills in digital innovation.

Delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts in computing and health-related disciplines, students in this programme will be able to learn about state-of-the-art technologies and systems, either related to IT (for example data analytics, mobile applications, sensors and wearables) or healthcare (for example electronic health records and remote monitoring).

The programme offers an accelerated, modular and blended learning to provide more flexibility to working professionals in the form of online study options. In order to ensure a rounded understanding of the issues to formulate intervention and value creation strategies in class simulation or actual industry-based intervention, students will have to undergo a robust curriculum that involves lectures, tutorials, case studies, written assignments, group projects, presentations and discussion boards.




March and September


• Postgraduate Certificate – 6 months
• Postgraduate Diploma – 9 months
• Master – 1 year

• Postgraduate Certificate – 12 months to 4 years
• Postgraduate Diploma – 18 months to 5 years
• Master – 2 to 6 years

Tuition Fees

All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary (T & C apply).


The Master in Health Informatics and Analytics programme (MHIA) is a 40-credit programme and is offered in three levels (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master) allowing for multiple exit. Students will enrol into the Masters programme but they can exit at the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.


Statistics Thinking for Health Analytics

  • Understand why statistics are helpful in evaluating the world of information around us. Learn the logic of statistical thinking and the concepts that guide statistical inferences and conclusions.


Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

  • Introduction to problem solving and logic reasoning, basis of computer science and programming. Python programming language used to show how to write and execute software applications.

Postgraduate Certificate

Health Systems and Informatics

  • Emerging trends and governance in Global Health, basic functions and building blocks of Health Systems and Health Informatics.


Health Data Collection and Preparation

  • Introduction to data science, data storage and management, data transformation and cleaning.


Health Data Analytics

  • Basic concepts and machine learning algorithms, such as supervised learning, unsupervised learning, deep learning and reinforced learning.


Health Data Management

  • Relational database systems, Big Data management, data management solutions for data analytics.

Postgraduate Diploma

Advanced Health Informatics

  • Novel healthcare applications that make use of advanced informatics technologies.


Health Data Visualisation

  • How to create meaningful presentations of quantitative or qualitative data to facilitate a specific decision-making process.


Research Methodology and Scientific Writing

  • Introduction to healthcare research, design approaches and methodologies used in healthcare research projects.


Healthcare Analytics Research Project

  • Apply the techniques and theory gained from the teaching and learning of the Master in Health Informatics and Analytics into a medium-scale data science project.


Apart from online assessments, practical assignments, essays, reports and presentations, students who enrol in the Master programme will have to conduct a 10- week research project, write a dissertation and make a presentation of the findings and results.


For all 3 programmes

  1. A bachelor degree or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.50 as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  2. A bachelor degree or equivalent with CGPA of less than 2.50 and a minimum of 5 years working experience.

Internal Guidelines

  1. Students without a statistical background must take “Statistics Thinking for Health Analytics-2 credits” (Semester 1)
  2. Students without a computing background must take “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming – 2 credits” (Semester 1)


For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  1. IELTS : Overall band score of 5.0; or
  2. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160; or
  3. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180; or
  4. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36; or
  5. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  1. International students form countries in which English is the first language.
  2. International students who graduated from institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.


Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Deposit 2,000  2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester– 40  40
Tuition Fees
Postgraduate Certificate 20,000 25,000
Postgraduate Diploma 30,000 37,500
Master 40,000 50,000
  • All students for the inaugural 2021 intake is eligible for a RM 5000 tuition fee bursary.*
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • * Terms and conditions apply


Faculty Members

A/Prof Lai Poey Chin

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A/Prof PC Lai was the Scholarship holder for both her doctorates (DBA and PhD. with Distinction), a Chartered Marketer by profession and the Head of Innovation with UM Centre for Innovation and Commercialization as well as Research Fellow with UM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). She received the fellowship twice from the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technology (APRICOT) and the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) as well as selected to be part of the MIT Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.

She has more than a decade of experience in the Asia Pacific region in various industries mainly in Telecommunication and Finance. Her works also involved corporate strategy, e-business, marketing and transforming business processes between the PEOPLE (employees), PRODUCTS, PARTNERS and CUSTOMERS by enhancing customer satisfaction level and ultimately resulting in enhanced Business Relationships, reduced costs, processes and increased revenue. She has won numerous Asia Pacific ICT Awards (incl the prestigious ICT Oscar award) and the only ASIAN voted 1 of Top 3 favourites at Next Bank Asia. Academically, she has more than 20 publications in top-tier journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and popular media.

Dr Mohamed Hisham Hanifa

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Dr Mohamed Hisham has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching. He obtained his doctoral degree in Islamic Finance, Master’s degree and Bachelor degree in Accounting. To date, he has made significant contributions of research work which was published in renowned finance and accounting, ISI and Scopus cited journals. He won the best paper awards twice, dedicated to the quality of his work.

Currently, he is the Senior Lecturer at Department of Banking and Finance, University Malaya teaching wide range of topics in Finance and Accounting for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Prior to this, he was appointed as Research Manager at the Prime Minister Department, Mara Business Consultant and assisted in setting up the Taylor’s University subsidiary college in Seremban. He is also a member in the Malaysian Finance Associations (MFA).

A/Prof To’ Puan Dr Safurah Jaafar

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Dr Safurah Jaafar is an Associate Professor of Community Medicine at the International Medical University, Malaysia. She currently holds the position of Head of Division Family and Population Health and also Programme Director of the MBA in Healthcare Management at IMU. Prior to joining IMU, she was the Director, Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia from 2007 to 2017. During her tenure, she was instrumental in reforming the PHC delivery in Malaysia, safeguarding equitable distribution of care in achieving universal health coverage. She was also responsible to ensure seamless integration of programmes related to the primary with secondary and tertiary care involving the public and private sector. During her earlier tenure as Deputy Director Primary Health Care from 1995 to 2007, she was involved directly in introducing and implementing programmes that involves with population coverage, primary health care, provider payment, information technology, quality and health financing.

She has a Fellowship on Child Health Development, Institute of Child Health, London, Member of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia, Fellow of Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physician London, United Kingdom, Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, Subspecialty in Family Health, Public Health Physician by National Specialist Registry, Malaysia and Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management. She was involved immensely in the global healthcare scene, as advisor to WHO in the area of primary care health system and policies and Malaysian representative in various conferences organised by United Nations and UNICEF in relation to her area of expertise.

Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam

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Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam is a Senior Lecturer of Community Medicine at the International Medical University, Malaysia. Currently, he is attached with the MBA in Healthcare Management programme. He has more than 12 years’ experience in lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Prior to joining IMU, he was a Senior Lecturer and holds the position of Head of Collaboration at International University of Malaya-Wales from 2015 – 2019 and as Senior Lecturer who holds the position of Head of Postgraduate Studies in International University of Kuala Lumpur from 2007 – 2015. Dr Vijayesvaran Arumugam obtained his doctoral degree in International Marketing from School of Management, University Sains Malaysia.

Datuk Dr Tengku Naufal Tengku Mansor

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Dr Tengku Naufal is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, as well as the Federal Territories’ Syar’ie Counsel and has been practicing since 1997, earlier with a medium size legal firm based in Johor Bahru i.e Messrs Abdul Raman Saad & Associates. After serving the firm as the Head of Litigation Department for more than 7 years, he established his own firm under the name and style of Messrs Tengku Naufal & Co. (TNC) in Taman Setiawangsa Kuala Lumpur. Currently he is in his 22nd year of practicing as a lawyer. He has been exposed to, and have conducted, many civil and business related litigation matters covering among others, construction litigation, contractual disputes, medical tortious claims (i.e. medical negligence), general litigation and conveyancing matters.

As a lawyer, he was also very much into Company Secretarial works and currently the Company Secretary cum Legal Advisor to a few government agencies and corporate bodies, such as Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa and Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad, both Companies Limited By Guarantee (CLBG) which are under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education (MOE) Malaysia, under the purview of the YB Minister.

Lecturing/tutoring has always been his part-time job, his passion, since early of his career life, imparting legal knowledge basically to non-legal background students, majoring in Social Justice & Administration (UM) & Accounting and MBA (UPM). He has developed the curriculum and modules for Business Law & Ethics (BLE) at the Graduate School of Management (GSM) UPM (now known as Putra Business School PBS) and was the first practicing lawyer to teach at GSM/PBS until recently. The module of BLE covers Ethics Principles in Business, Laws relevant to the business world covering various industries, inclusive of but not limited to, the Health Industry.

Prof Dato’ Dr Maimunah Abdul Hamid

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Dato’ Dr Maimunah A. Hamid is an Associate Dean (Human Resource, Community and Industrial Linkages) and a Professor, Community Medicine in School of Medicine, International Medical University Malaysia. She has served the Ministry of Health (MOH) for 33 years, gaining vast experiences at grass root level; working in hospital and health district settings, teaching, conducting research and leading a research institute, and policy making at national level as the Deputy Director-General of Health Malaysia (Research & Technical Support).

She is one of the pioneers in the development of Health Systems Research and Quality Assurance Programme for the MOH in Malaysia. Her contributions led to the establishment of the Institute for Health Systems Research, which she headed from 2004-2008. The Institute was awarded a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre status for Health Systems Research and Quality Improvement during her leadership.

She attained her MB., BCh from Cairo University, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from University Malaya, Malaysia. She was conferred Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia (FMM) and Fellow of Public Health Specialist (FPHS). She had completed courses on Health Care Evaluation and Management Skills in University of Toronto, Canada; and Health Care Quality in University Oklahoma, USA.


I read in the PGDID programme prospectus that this is a one-year full-time course. I have my own private practice. Will I be able to complete the course in one year?

Yes, as this programme has been designed with the working dental practitioner in mind. Dental practitioners who have registered for the course are guided and mentored to fulfill the requirements of the course in one year. However, those who may not be able to commit the time to fulfill the requirements will be provided an allowance to complete the requirements up to a period of three years.

You will receive guidance from successful specialist practitioners on how to prepare your clinic to provide implant treatment for your patients for successful fulfillment of course requirements. Alternatively, dental practitioners may select to partially or fully complete the clinical requirements at the IMU Oral Health Centre.

As this course is a national-approved programme, will I be considered a dental implant specialist?

Implant dentistry, like anywhere else in the world, is not considered a specialist discipline. However, the degree qualification can be added to your credentials to certify that you are trained through an approved university course to provide implant treatment.

What is the programme structure like?

There is a total of 6 modules in the course. There will be a compulsory 5-day block for each of the modules. These will be held in IMU whereby there will be face-to-face activities such as lectures, seminars, practical sessions (hands-on), case-based discussion etc. There will not be any patient treatment during these sessions. After the 5-day block, the remaining teaching/learning activities eg. seminars and case-based learning are conducted online and through web conferencing. Students will have the option of treating the clinical cases in IMU Oral Health Centre under direct supervision or in their own dental practice with initial direct supervision and later by distant supervision using a  video recording system. The length/duration of each module is approximately 6-8 weeks. The entire programme stretches over 43 weeks covering teaching/learning activities and examinations.

When does the course begin? Do you have tentative module dates for the compulsory attendance?

The programme begins with a programme orientation from the 19 October – 23 October. This will be followed by the commencement of the 5-day teaching/learning blocks as follows for the six modules:-

Module 1.        24 – 28 Oct 2016

Module 2.        28 Nov – 2 Dec 2016

Module 3.        15 – 19 Jan 2017

Module 4.        10 – 14 Apr 2017

Module 5.        8 – 12 May 2017

Module 6.        17 – 21 Jul 2017

Who are the teachers involved in this programme?


  • Prof Toh Chooi Gait
  • Prof Seow Liang Lin
  • Dr Pravinkumar Patil
  • Dr Rohit Pandurangappa
  • A/Prof Dr Wong Keng Mun
  • A/Prof Dr Elvin Leong Woei Jian


  • Prof Swati Yeshwant Rawal
  • Dr Pulikkotil Shaju Jacob
  • Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat
  • A/Prof Dr Jeanette Chua Keng Ling
  • Dr. Daylene Leong Jack-Min
  • Dr Andrew Tawse-Smith

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon:

  • Dr Naresh Shetty

Oral Radiodiologist :

  • Dr Sham Kishor Kanneppady


For more details of teaching staff :  Click Here

Will I be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since this programme is benchmarked to this qualification?

In order to be eligible to take the RCS Edinburgh examination for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, after completion of the IMU PGDID course, candidates will meet the requirements of the RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination with at least a one-year recall of their cases treated during the course. The IMU PGDID course have outcomes matched to the standards of the RCS Edinburgh with similar examination format. IMU plans to have the RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination conducted in IMU to facilitate dental practitioners who are interested to have the extra RCS Edinburgh qualification. Candidates will need to pay the examination fees charged by the College.

What implant system will be used?

Students will be required to understand the rationale for the choice of implant systems. The PGDID programme is not system-based. We shall be teaching/exposing the students to implant systems with good research evidence of success that include Nobel Biocare and Zimmer.

Does IMU provide patients for clinical training?

Patients can be arranged upon request to be treated at the IMU Oral Health Centre.

If I am currently practising in another country, will I be able to treat patients at IMU?

Yes, as long as you fulfill our entry requirements, you will be able to treat patients in IMU as a postgraduate student under supervision.

If I need to treat my patients who require dental implants at IMU would that be possible? What will be the arrangement and costs for the patient?

Yes, it would be possible to bring your patient to be treated by you at IMU under staff supervision. There is no extra fee chargeable to you for treating patients at IMU. It is part of your course fees. However, the patient would need to pay for treatment according to reduced patient treatment fees of IMU Oral Health Centre for patients treated by postgraduate students.

What will be the arrangement and costs for patients treated in my own clinic?

You will initially need direct supervision for patients treated in your own clinic for dental implants and for more challenging cases. For this, IMU will arrange for suitable supervisors to be present in your clinic. There will be extra fees that you will need to pay to support the attendance of the supervisors in your clinic. The quantum will depend on the time spent, travel and accommodation needs (where necessary) for supervisors to be on site.

What is the application process? What is the deadline for the registration?

Acceptance of candidates into the programme is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon submission of your online application (link provided above), applicants will be short-listed for an interview. Successful applicants will be notified within three working days.

How much are the fees and how can they be paid?

The course fee is RM55,000. For the first cohort of students a RM5,000 bursary will be given ie. students need to pay only RM50,000. Fees are paid in total upon acceptance into the course. A special payment option can be arranged where students can pay in four installments with RM20,000 upon registration and the remaining RM30,000 is paid in three bimonthly installments. The fees include the provision of a video-recording system that can be installed at the chairside to facilitate distant supervision.

Where can I apply to join the course?

The online application is available via this link.


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These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made. We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

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An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university, IMU has more than 29 years of experience dedicated to healthcare education. IMU has SETARA-2017 rating of 6 stars (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
Flexible Learning Options

Flexible Learning Options

A carefully designed programme with blended learning which enables working adultsto fit their studies around their work, family and other commitments. The curriculum of this programme is carefully planned and aligned to meet the expectations in the field of health informatics and analytics.
Interdisciplinary Environment

Interdisciplinary Environment

Students will be embedded within a unique, diverse, collaborative, interdisciplinary ecosystem integrating highly experienced faculty and leaders in the industry as guest lecturers, and they will be exposed to a rich training ground for the next generation of health IT specialist and data scientists.
Understanding the Value of Health Information

Understanding the Value of Health Information

Students will acquire principles governing health informatics and analytics within realworld healthcare settings. They will also learn the value of health information, health information systems and their integration, and the role of information-related technologies in delivering healthcare in the 21st century.
Entrepreneurial Skills

Entrepreneurial Skills

Participants to this programme will gain practical experience of working within diverse, multi- disciplinary environments across the healthcare sector and associated industries, and develop effective communication and delivery skills within the wider healthcare landscape.

“This programme has been designed to suit the needs of future health IT specialists and data scientists, enabling them to perform analyses and develop novel tools and methods for this rapidly growing field. It is aimed at students with diverse backgrounds, not limited to science related fields.

Students will learn about the breadth of the fields of health informatics and analytics. They will be able to design, perform and enhance analyses with the appropriate methods and technologies to address practical medical and clinical questions.

The Master in Health Informatics and Analytics leverages on the university teaching staff diversity – including computer science and informatics, biomedical, clinical and health sciences – alongside that of external industrial partners. This will deliver training across the breadth of health informatics and analytics from health informatics, epidemiology, clinical systems and bioinformatics.”

Professor and Programme Director
PhD in Computer Science from
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, France




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