Health informatics training at the postgraduate level: a curriculum development exercise in Pakistan

Muzaffar Malik, Shafaat Khan


To assist in developing a curriculum for health informatics training at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan, existing postgraduate-level health informatics curricula at universities in the United Kingdom and New Zealand were reviewed. In all cases, curricula consisted of both health science and computer science courses, with those pertaining to health sciences comprising the greater proportion. The review also disclosed variations in the training programmes offered by the different institutions. It is argued that identifying a standard set of competencies which health informaticians should possess would lead to the emergence of an agreed set of core courses required for the discipline, thereby reducing variations in training programmes and better equipping graduates for their future roles.


health informatics, curriculum, Pakistan, south Asia, developing countries