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- Graduates contribute to making a difference for patients and the community through the provision of health information services.
- Immerse yourself in current and emerging technologies through a workplace-led, eHealth-enabled environment to develop your skills in health information technology, people management, data and information management and the principles of medicine and healthcare.
- Bring all your knowledge and skills together in a practical setting, via the final year capstone unit.
- Graduates find employment in Australia and overseas.
- Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a health science or IT-related field may be eligible for credit for prior learning.
|QTAC course code||425391|
|QUT course code||PU51|
|Attendance||Part-time or Full-time|
|Course duration||3 years full-time
6 years part-time
|Start month||2014 & 2015 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Information managers collect, produce, maintain and manage the distribution of data. They are often responsible for analysing and evaluating these data to inform business development and growth. Health information managers (HIM) are skilled in information systems that support health services, patient care, planning, public health and medical research.
Data supplied by health information managers is integral to improved health services for individuals and communities. They may provide information to support the care of individual patients; research information about diseases and procedures to support clinical decision making; analyse healthcare statistics to support management decisions relating to health services; and produce reports required by government agencies about the health status of communities. With the support of health information managers, clinicians and allied health professionals are able to improve patient care and make the health system run efficiently.
Why choose this course?
QUT's Bachelor of Health Information Management course reflects the Australian Government’s implementation of health reforms and investment in eHealth and activity-based funding initiatives. These national reforms are significantly increasing activities to support the collection, reporting, analysis and management of health information, and the development of health information infrastructure, for evidence-based decision making for healthcare and health service delivery.
Health information managers often work with a range of healthcare professionals. They may assist doctors by ensuring the availability of patient information and by accessing published literature; epidemiologists and researchers with studies involving health data, clinical trials and documentation; and management with funding decisions. They may work with allied health professionals to document their professional practices. The cross-disciplinary nature of the HIM role creates unique opportunities for career progression and a HIM’s breadth of knowledge means they are well-suited to leadership roles because they understand clinical practices, finance functions, information technology applications and staff management.
QUT offers the only health information management course in Queensland. The course focuses on providing you with specialist skills and competencies in health information technology, people and project management, clinical coding, and data and information management within the context of health and medicine. You will visit health information managers at local hospitals, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations, offering you a real insight into the profession and opportunities to network.
During the degree you will complete units that develop your knowledge in business management, analysing and managing budgets, plus core knowledge about information technology and eHealth technologies. This will be complemented with health studies in medical terminology, the Australian healthcare system and clinical classifications. The combination of knowledge from these three disciplines will prepare you for a role in the emerging area of health information management.
The degree culminates in a work placement that can be completed locally or overseas. This placement prepares you for transition into the workplace by bringing together your acquired knowledge in a practical setting.
Graduates find employment, both here and overseas, in a range of environments including:
- hospitals and other health facilities
- government health departments
- health computing/software development firms
- health insurance companies
- health research centres
- the pharmaceutical industry
- statistical agencies
- international aid agencies
- non-governmental 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
- health privacy officer.
Graduates of this course are eligible for full graduate membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.
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 (advanced standing).
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. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.
Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
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.
2015: CSP $4,500 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Health Information Management
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425391) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.
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