The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are playing an increasingly significant role in healthcare and in improving the quality of patient care by making it more personalised and customised, while at the same time helping to reduce costs. While technologies do bring benefits, they also have associated security and privacy issues. The aim of this course is to introduce students to security and privacy issues and the tools and techniques that are relevant for healthcare applications.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify security and privacy threats in ICT based healthcare services.

2. Analyse security and privacy mechanisms in electronic patient records and ICT based healthcare applications.

3. Evaluate and assess the impact of security and privacy technologies in healthcare.

4. Develop critical analysis skills in eHealth security from the perspective of different stakeholders in healthcare.


1. Security and privacy issues in healthcare application

2. Security and privacy techniques

      a. Data security techniques: authentication, access control and encryption

      b. Privacy preserving techniques: data mining and privacy

3. Security for electronic patient records (EPRs)

4. Security and privacy in eHealth applications/services (eg, remote patient monitoring)

5. Privacy and legal implications in eHealth  

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment

Project: Project

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term