What will I learn?

Overview

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 analytics
  • Digital health
  • Informatics and management

These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively.

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you'll go on to specialize in health information systems. Your subjects will cover everything from:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and medical terminology
  • Health informatics
  • Management of electronic health information systems
  • Electronic medical records
  • Coding and classification of diseases
  • Health data analytics and health information ethics and law.

Professional placements are an integral part of this course and these prepare students for their post-graduation professional workplaces. In second year, you'll complete five days of supervised professional placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 45 days in fourth year.

If you choose, you can finish your degree after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification).

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

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; specialized 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.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing

CRICOS

079548M

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,800.00 (US$ 24,301) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,800.00 (US$ 24,301) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 March 2020

Venue

Sydney Campus

255 Elizabeth Street,

SYDNEY,

New South Wales,

2000, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Entry into a Bachelor Degree program at La Trobe University requires completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with certain grade. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Australia.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper based - Overall score of 575 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT) - Overall 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • La Trobe College Australia
  • Chisholm Institute
  • Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute
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About this uni

La Trobe University has strong industry links and partnerships with some of Victoria's finest hospitals and healthcare centres for clinical placements

  • Hands-on experience for students
  • Attractive work placements
  • Highly qualified academic staff
  • Semester exchange overseas programmes