Introduction to Digital Health for Rural Healthcare Professionals

Navigate the digital health ecosystem to improve patient-centred care.

Informed by world-class research1 and nursing subjects ranked in the world’s top 100,2 our flexible microcredential advances your digital health literacy, while giving you credit towards La Trobe’s Graduate Diploma of Rural Nursing Practice.3

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Location Online
Date/s From 18 September 2023
DurationUp to 80 hours, including assessment
Prerequisite/s Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). See below for extra requirements.
AssessmentReflective case study – 1,500 words (50%)  
Reflective journal – 1,500 words (50%)
Credit points10 credit points3
CertificationCertification of completion and digital credential
Fee/s$1,700 inc. GST (full price)  
$990 inc. GST (subsidised price)
Registration close22 October 2023

If you’re looking for a quick and flexible online course to advance your or your staff’s digital health literacy, Introduction to Digital Health for Rural Healthcare Professionals equips nurses, healthcare decision-makers and other health professionals with a broad understanding of the digital health ecosystem so they can work confidently to improve patient-centred care.

By completing this microcredential, you will:

  • know how to design and implement digital health approaches across a range of healthcare settings
  • understand the principles of digital security and health innovation applications to protect business and patient confidentiality
  • gain a deeper understanding of the functionality and capability embedded in digital health solutions
  • learn how to effectively communicate and collaborate across the digital health industry
  • get insider knowledge of current and emerging digital health trends such as digital health records, telehealth, health informatics, the internet of medical things (IoMT), big data and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • understand digital health policies and guidelines in relation to privacy, security, data sharing, and interoperability.

This short course can be paired with Applications of Digital Health Solutions in Rural Healthcare to earn 15 credit points towards La Trobe’s Graduate Diploma of Rural Nursing Practice. It is also one of five microcredentials that make up La Trobe’s Professional Certificate of Rural Nursing Practice, that can earn 30 credit points towards the Graduate Diploma.

Course content

This course is delivered fully online, so it easily fits in with your work and life commitments. Content is self-paced via La Trobe’s Learning Management System (LMS) and you’ll be supported via Zoom drop-in sessions, email correspondence and online forums with your educator.

Learning outcomes

After completing this microcredential, you will be able to:

  • analyse the procedural, policy, legal, ethical, security and privacy requirements of nurses’ use of digital health
  • evaluate the key consumer benefits and risks associated with digital health and critically analyse the use of digital health information including electronic health records
  • review current digital health and telehealth guidelines and select appropriate supports to enhance culturally safe digital health and telehealth care.


  • Introduction to Digital Health
  • Information Privacy and Security Management
  • Digital Health Strategy and Policy Formulation
  • Overview of Digital Health Systems Supporting Rural Health in Australia
  • Contemporary Trends in Digital Health


  • Reflective case study – 1,500 words, graded A-F (50%)
  • Reflective journal – 1,500 words, graded A-F (50%)

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 1300 135 045


  1. Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018
  2. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 2023, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Nursing
  3. 10 credit points: Must be completed with Applications of Digital Health Solutions in Rural Healthcare (5 credit points) to receive advanced standing towards the Graduate Diploma of Rural Nursing Practice, subject to meeting all other entry requirements.