Master of Health Information Management
There is a pressing and rapidly growing demand throughout the health sector for experts in all areas of health information management.
This course combines theory with extensive hands-on experience in work environments across the health sector. You'll develop expertise in health classification, casemix systems, and activity-based performance management in health. You'll also learn about health informatics and e-health, and how to develop and manage health information systems, analyse health data, and conduct research using health information. You'll also receive management training so you can move straight into management positions.
When you complete the course you'll be prepared for work across the health sector including in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, health services, the health insurance and health ICT sectors, health-related research centres and in government health departments.
Our course allows graduates of other disciplines to gain the skills and knowledge to join this expanding field.
You'll study at our Melbourne Campus for two years full-time or the part-time equivalent. You'll complete professional practice placements in healthcare agencies and you can apply for a limited number of professional placement scholarships.
Academic entry requirement
Applicants require a Bachelor's degree in medicine, biomedical science, nursing, allied health, or health sciences, or a related degree with some human bioscience content. International applicants with a recognised, three-year University Diploma in medical records administration (or similar) may be accepted. Applicants with a relevant non-health degree e.g. computer science, statistics, or business, will be required to undertake a short online physiology and anatomy bridging course in February 2018 (these applicants will be notified at the time of offer). This bridging course provides a foundation for further study and an understanding of the function and structure of the human body.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;
TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;
TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;
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 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.
or approved international equivalent.
As a Health Information Manager, you'll be the person that keeps health organisations running. This course prepares you for work in a wide range of agencies throughout the health sector including in hospitals, health services, health-related research centres, private health organisations, and government health departments. You'll receive management and health business training so you can move straight into a management position. We also incorporate training in clinical coding, research and analysis skills, health ICT skills, and project management. Our graduates are working as Health Information Managers, health/clinical database and disease registry managers, researchers, project officers, data analysts, clinical coders, health system development and implementation specialists, privacy officers, healthcare quality managers, and information managers in Australia and overseas. They have secured full-time employment at metropolitan and regional health agencies such as hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Council Victoria, Breast Screen, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Community Health Services, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Coronial Information System, health software and system development firms, and health insurance companies, etc. A couple of our graduates have taken the opportunity to work in Beijing at the China National Health Development Research Center. There is a national shortage of qualified Health Information Managers so employment opportunities are strong.
The Master of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Membership may require an 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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
You should allow approximately AUD$350 for specialised health classification books. All books and equipment can be purchased from any supplier; they remain your own 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). Accommodation costs for clinical placement vary depending on venue; there are a very limited number of placement scholarships.
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
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