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Master of Health Information Management

  • Masters (Coursework)

The collection and use of quality health data is a specialised and essential skill. We need more experienced health information experts to help provide high-quality health information management, which will ultimately improve care for future patients.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Feb
Domestic Fees
$33,400 per year / $66,800 total
International Fees
$33,400 per year / $66,800 total

About this course

The collection and use of quality health data is a specialised and essential skill. We need more experienced health information experts to help provide high-quality health information management, which will ultimately improve care for future patients.

Build a highly rewarding career with La Trobe's Master of Health Information Management. You'll combine the clinical and business sides of healthcare to create a career improving the quality of patient care.

Prepare for this highly skilled profession by building strong foundations in areas like clinical classification, data analytics, health informatics and health systems management.

Then deepen your technical and professional expertise with professional practice placements in healthcare agencies. You'll also receive management training to help you step straight into senior roles in healthcare.

From hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries - you'll graduate prepared to build a career in any area of healthcare.

You'll learn:

  • Health informatics
    • Discover how to apply Health Information Technology (HIT) in a healthcare setting to aid the delivery of care.

  • Health data analysis
    • Learn to analyse and interpret health data for the purposes of safety and quality reporting, health service benchmarking, population health and much more.
  • Health classification and clinical coding
    • Learn to analyse and interpret health data for the purposes of safety and quality reporting, health service benchmarking, population health and much more.
  • Management of electronic health information systems
    • Gain the skills to manage electronic health information systems, such as understanding security, access and integration requirements.
  • Health information governance
    • Use health data as crucial evidence in addressing ethical, legal and quality related events within health care.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.

Sample course structure

Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.

To qualify for the award of Master of Health Information Management, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.

Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:

  • 120 credit points from chosen Core

Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:

  • 105 credit points from chosen Core
  • 15 credit points from chosen Elective
Study options

This is a StudyFlex course

Whether your course is considered on campus, online or a mix of both, a StudyFlex course provides:

  • at least one third of its subjects on campus or online; and/or
  • at least two StudyFlex majors - that is two eight-subject sequences that offer at least half of their subjects on campus or online.

Learn more about StudyFlex

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 HEALTH CLASSIFICATION AND CLINICAL CODING B HIM4CCB 1 15 HEALTH CLASSIFICATION AND CLINICAL CODING C HIM5CCC 1 15 HEALTH DATA ANALYSIS A HIM4AHA 1 15 HEALTH INFORMATION ETHICS AND LAW HIM5IEL 1 15 HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT C HIM5HMC 1 15 HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE B HIM4PPB 1 15 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH INFORMATICS A HIM4IHA 1 15 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH INFORMATICS B HIM5IHB 1 15 ANALYSIS OF HEALTH DATA B HIM5AHB 2 15 HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT D HIM5HMD 2 15 HEALTH SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTATION HIM5HSI 2 15 PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH INFORMATICS C HIM5IHC 2 15 HEALTH INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE C HIM5PPC 2 45

A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available. The following electives are recommended for Master of Health Information Management.

Subject name Subject code Year Credit points HEALTH CLASSIFICATION AND CLINICAL CODING D HIM5CCD 2 15
See La Trobe University 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.

  • Melbourne (Bundoora)

To view other campus handbook course details, please select relevant campus in the drop down.

Study locations

Melbourne

Online

Career pathways

When you graduate, you'll be well-placed to find employment in a range of healthcare industries, including hospitals, community health centres and specialist disease registries.

Possible roles include:

  • Health information manager
    • Manage and secure healthcare records while meeting the medical, legal, ethical, and administrative requirements of healthcare delivery.
  • Clinical coder
    • Record healthcare data by translating descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into codes.
  • Healthcare data analyst
    • Acquire, analyse, and translate healthcare data, and provide actionable insights to physicians, clinical researchers, and decision-makers.
  • Medical research officer
    • Lead research projects, analyse and interpret data, and liaise with clinical collaborators.

Professional recognition

The Master of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA). Professional membership may require 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.

Graduates of the Master of Health Information Management may apply for membership with the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and Clinical Coders' Society of Australia (CCSA). Membership may require 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.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Computing & Information Systems courses at La Trobe University.
78.2%
Overall satisfaction
78.2%
Skill scale
74.7%
Teaching scale