La Trobe University

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


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
4 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
33 400

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 $60,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level. In NSW, the approximate starting salary is $69, 000.

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 45 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.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

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.

HSC: One of English (Standard); English (Advanced) (Band 3); English as a Second Language (Band 4); plus Band 2 in one of Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

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.

English language requirement

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.

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Membership requires 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$)

33 400

Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$400 for specialised health classification/coding books (These books must be purchased every two years. Students can only purchase these books from a specialised supplier). 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.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Melbourne and regional campuses: Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Sydney Campus: Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 2 9397 7600.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

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:

CRICOS code: 079548M