INF9761 – Health management information systems

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Course content

The course introduces health information systems to both health and informatics students.

The course is built on a long lasting research project with partners from Africa and Asia. It is intended for both informatics and health students; teaching use of information in health management and running a health information system in the national health services. It provides skills in using a tool for entering and analysing health data.


  • The principles of an action-led, district based information system
  • Calculation of target populations for a given catchment population
  • Audits of existing information systems at district level
  • Development of goals, targets and indicators for district level programmes
  • Calculation of different types of indicators using local data
  • Presentation of information in the form of tables and draw graphs
  • Analyse indicators for trends over time and compare different facilities and districts
  • Provision of feedback to data collectors and community structures
  • Using the computer to enter data and getting basic feedback
  • Current debates on topics of health management

Learning outcome

Participants will learn about health information, be able to use it in health management and become skilled in using tools for analyzing it.

In addition, each PhD student will be given an extended curriculum within the field/research area of the course. The syllabus must be approved by the lecturer so that the student can be admitted to the final exam.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses


Lectures, video or live. Lab training. Supervision. One mandatory group presentation.


Written report. Possibly oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Course auditors: Joao Carlos Mavimbe and Humberto Muquingue, Eduardo Mondlane University

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.


Note that the first lecture is compulsory.

The subject is regarded equal to INF5760 and IN-HEALTH when practicing exam regulations.

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