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Health Ontologies, Terminologies, and Classifications BAA760


This unit examines the foundational health information management categorical frameworks, terms and design processes. In technical language, the unit investigates the theory and practice related to clinical classification, terminologies, and ontology development. Issues to be investigated include: a critical assessment of information systems utilised to aid decision making; application of data, via casemix and funding, to promote evidence based performance and planning; analysing and monitoring information systems to enhance patient care and safety; and, the ethical and professional responsibilities of information managers. 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
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Maria Agaliotis
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
020301 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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AssessmentEssay (30%)|Report (40%)|Presentation (30%)
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There are no prescribed texts for this Unit. The learning materials of the unit will be drawn from publications, journal articles and other credible sources/websites. You will be able to access the learning materials through the Learning Hub section of the MyLO unit. Journal articles and other readings will be made available throughout the semester via MyLO.


There is a set of recommended and supplementary readings available in the learning context section of MyLO.


Suggested Readings

Abdelhak M & Hanken MA 2016, Health information: management of a strategic resource, 5th ed. Elsevier: Missouri, USA.

In addition, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. You are encouraged to regularly review relevant papers published in:

Health Information Management Journal

Health Information Management - Interchange

International Journal of Medical Informatics

Journal of AHIMA

Journal of the American of Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)

Journal of Medical Systems

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Perspective in Health Information Management

Please also review regularly the relevant information/reports that are published the following websites: 


Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited, (HIMAA)


Australasian College of Health Informatics


Health Informatics Society of Australia


Healthcare IT News Australia [part of the Health Information and Management Society (HIMSS)]


Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI)


Australian Digital Health Agency[National Clinical Terminology Service (NCTS) Webinar Series


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, METeOR (Metadata Online Registry)


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