University Handbook 2018

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

Course code/s: HZMCHM, HZMCSY

Course details
Location Bundoora Sydney
Course code HZMCHM HZMCSY
Mid year intake available Yes - intake commencing in June at the Melbourne campus, subject to available places, and to be confirmed in April 2018. Students taking this option study 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4 years full-time study).  
Course coordinator Dr Esther Munyisia
Course advisor Ms Merilyn Riley
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 079548M
Course duration

Commencing semester 1: 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Commencing June: 3.5 years full-time as accelerated non-standard first year (equivalent to 4 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
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Course description

This four-year double degree is a specialist, dynamic course that produces graduates with expertise to work in the ever-expanding field of health information management. Graduates are in great, and rapidly increasing, demand. They develop the skills to analyse and manage health information and systems throughout the health care sector. Students gain competencies for profession-entry level in the four areas of: medical/clinical classification, health information management (includes hands-on, supervised professional practice in hospitals and other organisations), health informatics and e-health, and in analysis and management of health data. This provides an excellent range of career opportunities in the health care sector.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary common year in which they enrol in subjects with peers across health sciences courses. The focus is on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and on developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second year of study will see students begin to develop skills in health information management including health classification (clinical coding), health informatics (e-health), epidemiology (determinants of disease) and further explore the underpinning science and public health. By the third and fourth years of the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge and practical skills to the management and professional practice of health information management. They study specialist subjects and also gain extensive practical experience through placements and field visits.

Early exit with medical/clinical coder competencies

This double degree also gives students the option of early-exit, at the end of year three, with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This single degree provides base-level medical/clinical coder competencies, equipping graduates to work in mid-size hospitals and health centres throughout Australasia, to help meet the national shortage of medical/clinical coders.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Apply coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth, in the discipline of health information management and its sub-domain of medical and health classification.
Demonstrate well-developed cognitive, technical, analytical, and evaluative skills in specialist health informatics technology applications, with the capacity for generating solutions to complex problems.
Effectively identify, analyse, interpret and communicate health data and information via a variety of forms and media.
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, independently or as part of a team, in a variety of multidisciplinary professional and social contexts.
Deal with ethical dilemmas appropriately in accordance with professional values and ethics as they pertain to the discipline of health information management and its sub-domains.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 480 credit points over four years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM* Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1   Students to select a first-year level subject to the value of 15 credit points from anywhere in the University (any prerequisites must be met). 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM1MTA # Medical Terminology 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: # Students undertaking this degree at the Sydney Campus will complete HIM1MTA in semester 1 of Second Year and complete an elective subject in semester 2 of First Year. MGT1FOM and BUS1BUF are recommended.

* ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
**  LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HIM2MHA Management of Health Information A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1   Students to select a first or second-year level subject to the value of 15 credit points from anywhere in the University (any prerequisites must be met).## 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2PAT Pathophysiology 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2AHR Applied Health Research 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM2HCA Health Classification A 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM2MHB Management of Health Information B 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM2PRA Professional Practice A1 15

## Students undertaking this degree at the Sydney Campus will complete the elective in semester 2 of First Year and complete HIM1MTA in semester 1 of Second Year. BUS1BUF is recommended.

1Hospital-based, supervised professional practice placement (five single days), in addition to a University and online-based theory component.

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HIM3ADA Analysis of Health Data A 15
TE-SEM-ALL YEAR HIM3CHC Casemix and Health Classification C 30
TE-SEM-1 HIM3PRB Professional Practice B2 15
TE-SEM-1 HIM3HIA Health Informatics A 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM3EHI Ethics and Law of Health Information 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM3MHC Management of Health Information C 15
TE-SEM-2 HIM3HIB Health Informatics B 15
2Hospital-based, supervised professional practice placement (three weeks) with integrated campus-based theory.

Students may exit at this point with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification), which will qualify them as an entry-level Clinical Coder but not as a professional Health Information Manager. To qualify as a Health Information Manager, students will need to complete the fourth and final year of this double degree.

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HIM4ADB Analysis of Health Data B 15
TE-SEM-1 HIM4MHD Management of Health Information D 15
TE-SEM-1 HIM4HIC Health Informatics C 15
TE-WK-31-45 HIM4PRC Professional Practice C3 45
TE-SEM-2 HIM4IHS Implementation of Health Systems 15
Students must select either HIM4HCD or an approved elective to the value of 15 credit points
TE-SEM-1 HIM4HCD Health Classification D 15
Or    
TE-SEM-1 Elective Student to choose a subject at the appropriate fourth-year level deemed to be relevant to health information management practice and approved by the course coordinator.
3Hospital or healthcare agency/service-based, supervised professional practice placement (45 days) with integrated, University-based theory delivered on-campus and online. International students please note that part of one of the placements may be taken in the student's home country subject to: (i) approval by course coordinator, (ii) suitable placement venue that enables student to achieve placement learning objectives, and (iii) suitable supervisory arrangements.

 

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