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.


Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / Master in Health Informatics and Analytics


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).


Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Diploma Master
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 of 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

Research Methodology and Scientific Writing

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

Elective E
TOTAL   20 20 20
Postgraduate Certificate Postgraduate Diploma Master
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 a specific decision-making process.

Elective E  √
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.

TOTAL   - 10 18
List of Elective Modules
  • Statistics Thinking for Health Analytics (Compulsory for those without statistical background)
  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (Compulsory for those without computing background)
  • Operations Management
  • Digital Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Public Health Practices


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’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

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 : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  3. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  4. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  5. Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

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

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other 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

Prof Patrice François Boursier

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Professor and Programme Director
PhD Comp Sci (UPMC), MSc Comp Sci (UPMC), BSc Comp Sci (UPMC)

Prof Patrice François Boursier has earned his PhD in Computer Science from University Pierre et Marie Curie (now part of Sorbonne Université Paris, France) in 1981. He received the National Accreditation for Full
Professorship from the French Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Paris-South (now part of Paris-Saclay University, France) in 1996.

He has been appointed Professor in Computer Science at International Medical University, Malaysia in February 2020 and is in charge of developing new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes related to Digital Health and Health Analytics. Prior to this, he had been a Full Professor and Head of the School of Computing at Taylor’s University (2018-2019), and Full Professor and Dean of the STEM Faculty at International University of Malaya-Wales (2014-2017). He had previously been an Associate Professor
at the University of Paris-South (France, 1984-1997), and a Full Professor in Computer Science at the University of La Rochelle (France, 1997-2014).

He has also been nominated Emeritus Professor from the University of La Rochelle in October 2014, and Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms by the French Ministry of Higher Education in 2003.

Prof Patrice François Boursier also has experience related to healthcare by his involvement in developing medical information systems for hospitals in France.

Dr Tan Ee Xion

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Senior Lecturer PhD (Monash University), MSc IT (Monash University), BCompSc (Monash University)

Dr Tan Ee Xion received her PhD from Monash University in 2016. She has been in academia for almost 15 years. During her tenure, she was involved in many internal and external programme audits in private institutions in Malaysia. She has also played an essential role in developing new programmes in various Information Technology programmes, including Digital Health and Health Analytics programmes. She has been working on information systems, e-learning teaching and learning assessment, as well as social media research. She recently embarked in computational linguistic and cognitive science research, and she is currently supervising Masters and PhD students.

Prof Leong Chee Onn

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Prof Leong has conducted multi-year research focused on drug target discovery, novel molecules development through preclinical and clinical trials, and biomarkers development for diagnosis of refractory breast cancers. He has published extensively in high impact journals, including Nature Cell Biology, Cancer Cell, PNAS, Cancer Research and etc. He has received numerous international awards including the FMD Fellowship (USA), the Institute of Biomedical Science President’s Award (UK) and the Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM). He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA and is presently a Fellow at the Royal Society of Biology, UK, and the Deputy Director of Research at the International Medical University, Malaysia.

Prof Adlina Suleiman

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Prof Adlina Suleiman is a Professor of Community Medicine at the IMU. A former military medical officer, she helped set up Mawar Medical Centre Shah Alam (now SALAM Medical Centre) in1998, subsequently in 2002 she founded and became the first General Manager of University Malaya Specialist Centre. She had a short attachment at KPJ Healthcare Group before pioneering the development of the Faculty of Medicine at University Technology MARA, MAHSA University and National Defence University of Malaysia. She has an MPH from University Malaya, MBA from Southern Cross University, Australia, Fellowship on Public Health from the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and Fellow and Head of the Medical and Health Cluster of the Academy of Professors Malaysia.

Dr Lim Lay Cheng

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Dr Lim Lay Cheng obtained her PhD in Molecular Medicine from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI) in 2015. Her PhD research focused on the cancer proteomics with the aim to discover potential protein biomarkers for detection of colorectal cancer by employing multiple proteomics platforms. Her research interest is in cancer biology, mainly in biomarkers discovery, elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of cancer, as well as searching for potential immunotherapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer.

Hasnain Zafar Baloch

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Hasnain Zafar Baloch is working as e-Learning Manager, Facilitator, and Module Coordinator for Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) at International Medical University (IMU). He has more than twenty years’ hands-on experience with implementing Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and e-learning in higher education. In 2013, he was ranked No.6 in the World and No.3 in Malaysia on the ‘Top e-Learning Movers & Shakers’ poll based on votes from 1800+ learning professionals/educators around the world. He has a passion for new technologies, social collaboration strategies and the impact they have on learning and student engagement.

He has done research in several key e-learning areas, including mobile collaborative learning, Hospital Information System (HIS), Student Information System, social media, web 2.0, educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, engagement tools, blended learning, Open Educational Resources, e-learning standards, instructional design and courseware development.



Am I eligible to apply for this programme?

Please check the admission requirements on the IMU’s website. Basically, applicants must have a bachelor degree (not necessarily IT or Health Sciences). Working experience in relevant areas is considered too.

Students who do not have a background in Programming and /or Statistics will have to take these subjects at the beginning of the programme (see below the question about prerequisite modules).

Candidates who only have a Diploma, combined with working experience, have to apply to MQA for APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning).

Can we enrol in the Master programme and exit with a PGCert or the PGDip certificate in case we cannot complete the programme?

Yes, it is possible.

Can we enrol as full-time students and switch to part-time mode?

Yes, it is possible.

How many intakes per year? When do they start?

There are two intakes per year, starting in March and September.

Structure / Organisation

Are there prerequisite modules?
  1. All Core modules are delivered in sequence (“block teaching”). There are 4 Core modules delivered during the first semester, and 2 during the second semester. Each of these Core modules is delivered during 3-4 consecutive weeks, mostly face-to-face on weekends but also online (blended learning). The order of the modules has to be respected.
  2. Two elective modules are required for students who do not have a background in Programming and /or Statistics, they have to be taken at the beginning of the programme, in parallel with the first Core module (Health Systems and Informatics):
  • Statistics Thinking for Health Analytics (2 credits) is compulsory for those who have no background in Statistics,
  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (2 credits) is compulsory for those who have no background in Programming.
What is the medium of instruction?

All courses are taught in English.

When and how are classes delivered?

Classes are delivered online and face-to-face (blended learning). Face-to-face sessions happen on weekends (mostly Saturdays). Some seminars might be delivered on weekdays (evening as much as possible), depending on the availability of industry partners.


How much does it cost?

Local candidates

Tuition fees amount to RM40,000 for the Master programme, RM30,000 for the PGDip  and RM20,000 for the PGCert

International candidates

Tuition fees amount to RM50,000 for the Master programme, RM37,500 for the PGDip and RM25,000 for the PGCert


Career opportunities - Can we know more about how non-science and little knowledge of ICT can seek new opportunities if I would like to take up this MHIA programme? What are the challenges I might face during the course?
  1. Non-science students and those who have no background in IT will have to take the special elective “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming” at the beginning of the programme. Another elective, “Statistics Thinking for Health Analytics”, is also compulsory at the beginning of the programme for students who have no background in statistics.
  1. Core modules have been designed so that non-science students can follow, provided they are committed to succeed.
I read a lot of news regarding the need of healthcare professional needed in the country. Will this MHIA open a new opportunity for me?

Yes, definitely, this new programme is the first of its kind in Malaysia and it will offer great opportunities for those who graduate. Similar programmes have been launched in the US, UK, Australia and Europe in the last few years because of the growing need for people having a double competency in Healthcare and IT (see the brochure, page 6).

I am a software developer/ researcher/ doctor in healthcare industries, what are the career opportunity for me if I pick up this analytics skill?

Artificial Intelligence, and machine learning in particular, as well as IT in general, have proven to be more and more important in all areas of Healthcare, offering new opportunities for people having a double competency in Healthcare and IT (see the brochure, page 6). Such jobs as Health Informatics Specialist, Health Data Analyst, Health IT Project Manager, Health Information Officer or Health Informatics Manager are in growing demand.,18.htm


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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency
  3. A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

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-2018/2019 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 adults to 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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