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Our Mission

The Department of Health Informatics strives to achieve progress in our field by producing high quality professionals and carrying out research and providing services that address issues related to health systems and health information technologies.

Our Vision

We seek to be the leading Department in the country working to support the health system through the production of highly skilled professionals and the provision of up to date information and communication technologies.

Our Work

Our Department carries out teaching, research and community services in the field of health informatics dedicated to delivering health informatics and computer related courses to all health and medical sciences students. We currently run an integrated masters in health informatics – MPH in health informatics specialty track – in collaboration with the University of Oslo. We  have been able to produce 40 graduates with this  program and currently have 15 students enrolled. In 2012 our Department has also opened the first Bachelor of Science degree in Health Informatics in Ethiopia with intention to support the health systems by producing competent and qualified Health Information technology professionals. We have enrolled the first batch of students, 27, in this innovative 4 year program.

Research and Community Service Activities

Our Department also carries out a range of research and community service activities. Our special areas of interest include:

  • Health Management Information system
  • Health Information technologies
    • Electronic Medical record system
    • Mobile health information systems
    • Electronic Health Management Information system
    • Telemedicine , Tele Health , Tele  education
    • Application of GIS in public health
    • Hospital management systems
  • Laboratory/pathology  Information system
  • Pharmacy Information system
  • Evidence based medicine practices
  • E learning
  • Patient flow analysis
  • Information security

Our expertise in the field of health informatics also makes us best placed to offer a range on training packages on subjects such as:

  • Basic computer skill ( Microsoft office application )
  • Health Management Information system (HMIS)
  • Statistical software package (EPINFO , SPSS, STATA , ARC GIS)
  • Electronic Medical records , eHMIS
  • E learning

Our Background

Our Department was established in 2001 as a computer and information center. The intention of the center was to give computer, internet and related services for members of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences community. At that time the center was one of the first of its kind amongst Ethiopian Universities. It led the way by introducing new computer related technologies and information, introducing new advanced computers and giving internet services to the college community.

In 2004 the center upgraded to an academic department, “Health Informatics”, incorporating computer related courses to College of Medicine and Health Sciences program curriculums. The Department has since continued to offer a range of courses and programs to health and medical sciences students. Alongside this academic work with the Department was also the provider of ICT related services to the University of Gondar as a whole serving as the birth place of our current ICT office and its services. In 2008, the Department in collaboration with the University of Oslo, Norway, and under the project name NOMA, developed an integrated masters program in health informatics i.e. MPH with the specialty track in Health Informatics.

If you would like to learn more about our work please contact:

Name:
Berhanu Fikadie Endehabtu
Job Title:
Head, Department of Health Informatics
Email:
berhanufikadie@gmail.com
Tel (office):
+251 921013129