Centre for Software Engineering (CENSE)

short course: district health information system (dhis 2) foundation (76834)

The qualification code is: 76834 and the course code is: CSDHIS2

The purpose of this module is to provide the qualifying student with basic knowledge, skills and applied competencies in the DHIS2 software. The module is intended mainly for people working in the public health environment as data capturers and health information officers and it aims to develop skills required for optimizing the quality of DHIS data. It is the first step for individuals seeking a grounded introduction to health informatics for developing a career as health information practitioners. The module is a joint project between UNISA & HISP

Target group
People working in the public health environment as data capturers

Health information officers

People who wish to gain skills in the use of District health Information system.

Individuals seeking a grounded introduction to health informatics

Admission Requirements
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification Internet access Mobile phone (smart phone with Internet access)A teaching qualification is recommended but not mandatory.

Semester course (offered during Semester 1 and Semester 2)

Language medium

Registration Periods
For more information about the registrations visit http://cs-cert.unisa.ac.za

e-mail address: cense@unisa.ac.za

Tuition method
Online tuition using my Unisa and DHIS database for practical assignment

Module: 12 Credits: HEQF Level of Module – 5

Introduction to routine health information systems in a public health care environment

  • Health information management related concepts (see glossary)
  • The purpose of RHIS
  • Functions of RHIS
  • Stakeholders / users of data information
  • Different kinds of data / information needed by health planners and decision makers
  • Sources of data / information
  • Importance of data and RHIS in monitoring public health car
  • Legal and ethical requirements

Data and Information Quality

  • Data quality principles / dimensions
  • Approaches to improve data quality

Basic use of the DHIS2 software

  • ICT-based Health Information Systems
  • DHIS2 Overview
  • DHIS2 Data Entry and Basic Reporting
  • DHIS2 Data Entry
  • DHIS2 Basic Reporting

Course Fee
The fee for this course is R3500.00 (full fees payable on registration).

Formative assessment

  • Self-assessment activities (not submitted for marking)
  • Two assignments (10%) each= 20% of final marks
  • Portfolio (50% of the final mark) _Activities performed in the DHIS2 training database

Summative assessment

  • Venue based examination contribute (30% of final mark) – 2 hour paper for 100 marks

Primary Lecturer
Prof. Alfred Coleman:

School of Computing

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Tel: + 27 116709108

e-mail: colema@unisa.ac.za

Programme administrator(s)

Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189

Fax: 011 670 9174/9274
E-mail: cense@unisa.ac.za



1.Acknowledgment of HISP

This course was developed jointly with the support of the Health Information System Program (HISP) South Africa and was partially funded by the Department of Health and Human Services/ Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

2: Acknowledgement of Free State Department of Health

The Department of Health (Free State province) is hereby acknowledged for allowing its provincial data to be used for demonstration and training purposes. It is important to note that the data does not represent the current state of affairs in the province and therefore cannot be used to infer the quality of information or health care services provided by the Free State Department of Health.