Health information management

Why study Health information management?

Work in the business side of medicine and be part of an important team running hospitals around Australasia.

Learn about:

  • medical/clinical classification
  • health information management
  • health informatics and e-health
  • and learn to analyse and manage health data

You have the option of an early-exit at the end of Year 3, with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification); you can work as a Medical/Clinical Coder in mid-size hospitals and health centres throughout Australasia.

Health Information Management at La Trobe

Career opportunities

There is a national shortage for health information management and medical/clinical coder graduates, which means are graduates are in high demand. Salaries range from $50,000 at entry level to over $180,000 at senior level.

Our graduates work in a wide range of health care settings including hospitals, health services, health-related research centres and government health departments. You may move straight into management as the course includes management training. We also combine health and IT so people with IT talent may join a helping profession.

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management

Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 56.7
Sydney N/A
Year
2017
About this course
This double degree prepares you for a career in both the clinical and business sides of health care, with an emphasis on clinical coding, health data analysis, health informatics (including e-health) and management. These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively.

Health information managers work behind the scenes in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries. There's currently a national shortage of professionals in this field, and salaries range from $50,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level.

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you'll go on to specialise in health information systems. Your subjects will cover everything from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to health informatics, management of electronic health information systems, electronic medical records, coding and classification of diseases, health data analysis and health information ethics and law.

Professional placements are an integral part of this course and students often find employment with their host company after graduation. In second year, you'll complete five days of placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 44 days of supervised professional placements in fourth year.

If you choose, you can finish your degree after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This enables you to work as a clinical coder.
Career opportunities
Graduates of our double degree can work as health information managers in a variety of medical institutions, including healthcare technology development companies.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for full-graduate membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

NOTE: basic knowledge of secondary mathematics (to Year 11) is assumed.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$400 for a name badge, memory stick and specialised health classification/coding books (these books must be purchased every two years. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Applicants are invited to view the course DVD. Information sessions are presented at the University's Open Day (August).,

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Health Sciences/Health Information ManagementMelbourne

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management (079548M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 500
Campus
Melbourne, Sydney
Year
2017
About this course
This double degree prepares you for a career in both the clinical and business sides of health care, with an emphasis on clinical coding, health data analysis, health informatics (including e-health) and management. These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively.

Health information managers work behind the scenes in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries. There's currently a national shortage of professionals in this field, and salaries range from $50,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level.

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you'll go on to specialise in health information systems. Your subjects will cover everything from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to health informatics, management of electronic health information systems, electronic medical records, coding and classification of diseases, health data analysis and health information ethics and law.

Professional placements are an integral part of this course and students often find employment with their host company after graduation. In second year, you'll complete five days of placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 44 days of supervised professional placements in fourth year.

If you choose, you can finish your degree after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This enables you to work as a clinical coder.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70%) PG1) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 57.25
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - CCB
STPM - 8
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 3.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 60
Vietnam (Year 12) - 7.5
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$400 for a name badge, memory stick and specialised health classification/coding books (these books must be purchased every two years. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for full-graduate membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
Career opportunities
There is a shortage of qualified health information managers internationally and throughout Australia. This is expected to continue into the future. Generally, there are excellent, well-paid career opportunities throughout Australia and internationally. Career opportunities are available in the: management of hospital health information services; clinical/medical coding and casemix analysis in hospitals; general administration, privacy management, and clinical governance/risk management in health services and hospitals; health software development and computing firms and health information technology projects; specialised disease registries and health research centres (e.g. state and hospital cancer registries); government health departments; clinical trial data management (e.g. hospitals; pharmaceutical industry); and health screening programs.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Health Sciences/Health Information ManagementMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Health information management placements

Practical placements are an important part of our program.

 

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Health information management.