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Health Ontologies, Terminologies, and Classifications BAA760


This unit will enable students to critically evaluate the theory and principles related to ontologies, terminologies, and classifications used in health. The unit will explore how these relate to eHealth and health system performance (e.g. casemix and funding) systems used in Australia and internationally. Students will examine the theory and practice related to clinical classification, Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs), clinical terminologies, and ontology development. The concept of social responsibility is explored in relation to using classification data. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis.


Unit name Health Ontologies, Terminologies, and Classifications
Unit code BAA760
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the theory, principles and practice of ontologies, terminologies, and classifications in Australian and international healthcare services.
  • Assess the role of clinical classification and Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) in the Australian and international healthcare system.
  • Develop an ontology applicable to a healthcare service in Australia.
  • Differentiate between terminologies and classifications.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour in the application of classification and terminology, applying corporate social responsibility.



Band Field of Education
3 080313

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  • Short essays - 5 x up to 500 words each (30%)
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