Master of Health Information Management

Choose Health Information Management at La Trobe

  • Make a difference using your passion for health, data and IT. 
  • Work in a rapidly growing field with high demand for graduates in fields such as clinical coding, health informatics and research.
  • Complete 60 days of practical placement.
  • Part-time options allow you to combine study and career.

Career outcomes

Past graduates have worked as Health Information Managers at:

  • the Royal Women's Hospital
  • Medicare Local
  • iSoft
  • Bendigo Health
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

You'll find work across the health sector in:

  • hospitals
  • health services
  • health-related research centres
  • government health departments
  • management
  • community health centres
  • IT.

What you'll learn

  • The latest evidence-based research developments.
  • Health information systems management.
  • Health data analysis. 
  • Advanced clinical coding.
  • Theory and clinical practice.
  • Health information ethics and law.

Course structure

Before the official start of semester (during Orientation Week), you'll undertake a three-day introductory short course in Health Classification and Clinical Coding. If you come from a non-health background you'll also need to complete a short Physiology and Anatomy bridging course before semester starts.

In your first semester you'll undertake three weeks of practical placement in a regional healthcare facility whilst studying a range of core theoretical subjects.

In second year you'll complete an additional 45 days of placement and build on your first-year knowledge. You'll also have the option of completing a research project on your topic of choice. 

Core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Health Information Professional Practice
  • Health Classification and Clinical Coding
  • Principles of Health Informatics
  • Health Data Analysis
  • Health Information Management
  • Principles of Health Informatics
  • Health Information Ethics & Law
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Systems Implementation. 

Elective subjects

  • Health Classification and Clinical Coding
  • Research Project in Health Information Management
  • Approved postgraduate elective subject.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.Insert New Container


How to apply

Direct

Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.

International

Find out about how to apply as an international student.


 

Scholarships and financial support

Industry connections

You'll benefit from 60 days of practical placement in a range of healthcare environments around the country and possibly overseas. Many graduates secure employment before completing this course thanks to the connections they have made through these placements. Past graduates have undertaken placement at:

  • St. Vincent's Private Hospital
  • Department of Health, Victoria
  • Cairns Base Hospital
  • Department of Dermatology.

Graduates are eligible for full membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.                      

Inside look: making a difference from behind the scenes

Making a positive contribution to health and well-being has always been important to Aarti Sajnani, but not everyone is suited to a career on the frontline.

'Being a nurse or a clinician really wasn't for me, so I wanted to do something that could make a difference. I believe that this course allows me to [do that].'

Aarti found a way to combine her computing skills with her desire to give back to the community through the Master of Health Information Management, and discovered a passion for health informatics.

'I'd like to be at the forefront of health informatics in Victoria, so I plan to do that by taking various roles either in hospital environments or at private companies so I can get there in the future and really make a difference in health systems.'

But health informatics is just one of many potential career focuses, and that's what Aarti loves about the course.

'There's a lot of variety in this caree. – there's the IT aspect, there's the health aspect, there's the research aspect. Once you've finished the degree you can actually go into any field you want – that was a key selling point for me.

'The opportunities at the end of the course are really good. A lot of fourth-year students already have a job before they graduate.'

Find out more about Aarti's journey here.

Featured staff

Ms Merilyn Riley

Ms Riley is course coordinator and lecturer for the Master of Health Information Management at La Trobe. With over 20 years' experience working at the Department of Health, Ms Riley has worked in a range of roles and areas including Health Information Manager, Senior Health Information Manager and Senior Project Officer with the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection Unit and management and research roles with the Victorian Birth Defects Register. Ms Riley lectures in the areas of epidemiology and health data analysis and is a member of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

Dr Dennis Wollersheim

Dr Wollersheim teaches health informatics subjects at a Master and Doctoral level with the School of Public Health and Human Biosciences at La Trobe. He has worked in ICT for 20 years. He has also worked in a grass roots peer counselling organisation for 18 years and is a trained social worker. His research interests include global health with a focus on refugees, and health informatics. His recent publications include Caught Between Two Worlds: Sexuality and Young Muslim Women in Melbourne, Australia, Geocoding coronial data: tools and techniques to improve data quality,and Constant connections: piloting a mobile phone-based peer support program for Nuer (southern Sudanese) women. See Dr Wollersheim's full staff profile here.

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