About the Programme

MSc. in Health Informatics aims at bridging the theoretical and practical gap between the areas of integrated health and modern information technologies, in order to address local and international health needs through improved access to health information. It is an evening programme and its duration is 24 months.

Entry Requirements

The minimum admission qualification is BSc. degree in Informatics or related fields, or BSc. degree in Health Sciences or related qualifications with an overall grade average of B or higher. In addition, a minimum of one-year work experience is required.

Fee Structure

Information on the most recent fee structure can be obtained through the office of Head of Department, or from the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, University of Dar es Salaam.

Application for Admission and Delivery Mode

Applications for admission into this programme can be submitted through the UDSM online postgraduate application system.

This programme is delivered through a face-to-face mode.

Completion Requirements

At the end of the programme, each student is required to have completed 160 credits of core courses (including 60 credits for dissertation work).

Core Courses

S/n Course Code Course Name Credits
1.  IS 605  Research methodology  12
2.  IS 622  Enterprise systems and Modelling  8
3.  IS 623  Information Systems Development and Implementation  12
4.  IS 660  Monitoring and Evaluation for Health Programmes  8
5.  IS 661  Healthcare Information Systems  8
6.  IS 662  Principles and methods of epidemiology  12
7.  IS 663  Public Health Statistics  12
8.  IS 666  Integrated Health Information System Architecture  12
9.  IS 668  Essentials of Healthcare System, Management, and Planning  8
10.  IS 669  Concepts of Health Informatics 8
11.  IS 699  Masters Dissertation  60
     Total Credits for Core Courses  160


Elective Courses

S/n Course Code Course Name Credits
1.  IS 612  Advanced Database Management Systems  12
2.  IS 619  Organization and Management of Information Systems  12
3.  IS 620  Information Security and Risk Management  12
4.  IS 625  IT Projects and Change Management  12
5.  IS 627  Advanced Object Oriented Analysis and Design  12
6.  IS 630  e-Waste and Disposal Management  8
7.  IS 631  Advanced Data warehousing and Data Mining  8
8.  IS 632  Computer law and Intellectual Property Rights  8
9. IS 633 Mobile Software Development 12
10. IS 641 Human Computer Interaction 12
11. IS 643 Database Management Systems 12
12. IS 646 Strategic Information Systems 12
13. IS 649 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 12
     Minimum Credits Required  20

Department Level

Students develop their research proposals in their first year, as part of the course on research methodology. They then present them in their respective research groups and department for feedback and approval to higher levels. Dissertations/Theses follow the same process.

College Level

Proposals/Dissertations/Theses approved by the departments are further processed by the college. A proposal approved by the college means that a student can progress with their research, after obtaining appropriate clearance.

A dissertations/thesis approved by the college goes through the examination process whereby suitable internal and external examiners are identified for the same. Reports from both examiners are used to determine the candidate's fate.

University Level


Further information on university requirements and procedures for research students can be obtained from here.

Other Information

Information on  postponement, extension, freezing, and other PG guidelines can be obtained from the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, University of Dar es Salaam.