Highlights

  • Learn how information is used to care for patients and to support management of the health system and create population level statistics.
  • Immerse yourself in current and emerging technologies to develop skills in health informatics and data management.
  • Learn the principles of medicine and health care, and methods for standardised capture and coding of health information. Build skills to keep health information secure, confidential, and maintained according to standards, legal requirements and policies.
  • Opportunities for real experience and networking with placements and site visits.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a health science or IT-related field may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Highlights

  • Learn how information is used to care for patients and to support management of the health system and create population level statistics.
  • Immerse yourself in current and emerging technologies to develop skills in health informatics and data management.
  • Learn the principles of medicine and health care, and methods for standardised capture and coding of health information. Build skills to keep health information secure, confidential, and maintained according to standards, legal requirements and policies.
  • Opportunities for real experience and networking with placements and site visits.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a health science or IT-related field may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Why choose this course?

If you’re interested in healthcare but prefer to work behind the scenes, health information management (HIM) allows you to use analytical skills to improve systems and help people in meaningful ways. This is a career that requires attention to detail as well as clear communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. HIM professionals interact with people across diverse healthcare settings and disciplines, including doctors and other clinical staff, health service managers, health departments, statistical agencies, insurance companies and patients.

QUT offers the only HIM course in Queensland. Our course responds to the key health challenges of the information age. Digital systems, electronic health records, and the management of information requirements are being rapidly updated across the spectrum of health care. Data from these systems is increasingly used as evidence for decision making, requiring leadership in data analysis. You will learn the importance of health information being collected, analysed and communicated in ways that are secure, efficient and ethical.

During this course you’ll visit health information managers at major hospitals, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to gain insight into the diversity of available roles, and valuable networking opportunities. You’ll develop confidence and industry experience through placements.

Health information managers are well suited to leadership roles because they understand clinical practices, finance functions, information technology applications and staff management. QUT will support you to develop and expand your leadership and management capabilities. The combination of knowledge across business, information technology and health will prepare you for many roles.

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What to expect

Health information management combines the clinical, technological and business aspects of health. Health information managers collect, manage and report health data to support the clinical care of patients and also to contribute to the management of health services.

Your study will focus on business and people management, including analysing and managing budgets. IT units will support your understanding and use of digital health systems. Health units will develop knowledge in medical terminology, the Australian healthcare system, clinical classifications and casemix management.

Through studies in health informatics, management, data analytics and clinical information about diseases and procedures, graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities across the health sector

  • managing comprehensive patient information
  • implementing and managing digital health systems
  • clinical coding and data management
  • working with researchers and epidemiologists providing data related to current health issues and investigations
  • supporting health services managers with reports about demand and access of health services
  • preparing information for government agencies about the health status of populations.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Now more than ever before, there is a need for high quality health information to drive decision making. Governments, hospitals and health services need strong health information systems and robust methods for data capture, analysis and reporting to support clinical care and the effective management of the health system.  Employment opportunities in this growing field are excellent.

Graduates are employed, both here and overseas, in:

  • hospitals and other health facilities
  • government health departments
  • software development firms (e.g. digital health design and implementation projects)
  • health insurance companies
  • health research centres
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • statistical agencies
  • international aid agencies
  • non-government organisations.

As well as working in health information services, graduates are able to work in specialist positions that include:

  • clinical data manager
  • clinical coder/coding auditor/coding educator
  • clinical governance and risk management officer
  • clinical documentation specialist
  • electronic health record application analyst
  • database administrator
  • business analyst
  • health privacy officer.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Health Information Management Association of Australia. Graduates are eligible for full membership.

Possible careers

  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Corporate Health Officer
  • Health Data and Casemix Analyst
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health Policy Officer
  • Health Privacy Officer
  • Health Services Manager
  • Information Officer
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • eHealth Project Officer

Details and units

Requirements

ATAR/selection rank threshold
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2022.

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Course code
PU51
QTAC code
425391
CRICOS code
077705G
Delivery
  • Online
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

Year 12 early offer scheme

If you're a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank.

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 77.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a health science or IT-related field may be eligible for up to one year of credit for prior learning.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your ATAR or selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2022

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 89.00
Selection rank 91.00
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 79.40
Selection rank 79.40
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 73.10
Selection rank 73.10

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 77.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: CSP $12,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2023 fees

2023: $32,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2022 fees

2022: CSP $12,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2022 fees

2022: $31,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

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