La Trobe University

Master of Health Information Management

Overview

Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2019
Duration
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Fees and costs
$28,600 per 120 credit points. There are limited CSP places.

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.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Undergraduate degree.

Successful applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved physiology and anatomy bridging course.

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.

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

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

Course fees

$28,600 per 120 credit points. There are limited CSP places.

Additional costs

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.

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

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply. Please note: successful applicants who have not completed a degree in medicine, biomedical science, science (with studies in anatomy and physiology), dentistry, nursing, allied health or health sciences must do a physiology and anatomy bridging course as a foundation for further studies. Incoming full-time students must complete a short (3-day) bridging course in health classification and clinical coding, in Orientation Week.

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: