Master of Health Information Management

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 062804F

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

The collection and use of quality health data is a specialised and essential skill. We need more experienced health information experts to help provide high-quality health information management, which will ultimately improve care for future patients.

Build a highly rewarding career with La Trobe's Master of Health Information Management. You'll combine the clinical and business sides of healthcare to create a career improving the quality of patient care.

Prepare for this highly skilled profession by building strong foundations in areas like clinical classification, data analytics, health informatics and health systems management.

Then deepen your technical and professional expertise with professional practice placements in healthcare agencies. You'll also receive management training to help you step straight into senior roles in healthcare.

From hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries – you'll graduate prepared to build a career in any area of healthcare.

You'll learn:

Health informatics

Discover how to apply Health Information Technology (HIT) in a healthcare setting to aid the delivery of care.

Health data analysis

Learn to analyse and interpret health data for the purposes of safety and quality reporting, health service benchmarking, population health and much more.

Health classification and clinical coding

Learn to analyse and interpret health data for the purposes of safety and quality reporting, health service benchmarking, population health and much more.

Management of electronic health information systems

Gain the skills to manage electronic health information systems, such as understanding security, access and integration requirements.

Health information governance

Use health data as crucial evidence in addressing ethical, legal and quality related events within health care.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.

Career outcomes

When you graduate, you'll be well-placed to find employment in a range of healthcare industries, including hospitals, community health centres and specialist disease registries.

Possible roles include:

Health information manager

Manage and secure healthcare records while meeting the medical, legal, ethical, and administrative requirements of healthcare delivery.

Clinical coder

Record healthcare data by translating descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into codes.

Healthcare data analyst

Acquire, analyse, and translate healthcare data, and provide actionable insights to physicians, clinical researchers, and decision-makers.

Medical research officer

Lead research projects, analyse and interpret data, and liaise with clinical collaborators.

Professional recognition

The Master of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Professional membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Health Information Management may apply for membership with the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and Clinical Coders' Society of Australia (CCSA). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

.Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
43,600 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 2 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
Australia
43,600 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 2 years
Self study / online (with attendance)
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
Australia

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

195 credit point pathway - COGNATE ENTRY (2 years)

Successful completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate in Digital Health (HCDHBU or HCDHO) with 5 years of equivalent industry experience.

180 credit point pathway - COGNATE ENTRY (18 months)

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate Health Data Integrity and Auditing (HCHIA) with 5 years of coding related work experience and successful completion of a prescribed Coding Challenge exam.

180 credit point pathway - COGNATE ENTRY (18 months)

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate Health Data Integrity and Auditing (HCHIA) without 5 years of coding related work experience.

WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 70%

Selection criteria

All students are expected to undertake two bridging courses: the Anatomy and Physiology Bridging course, and the Health Classification and Clinical Coding bridging course. These are designed to enable students to develop critical foundation knowledge required to undertake the course. Students entering the Masters program with specialised health and classification experience and practice may be eligible to sit assessments awarding recognition of prior learning.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 98 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 65.

Address

La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
Australia
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