Master of Health Information Management (37E)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Sydney
Semester 1, Semester 2

Full Fee Paying places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 1.4 MB) for courses that are offered to international students

The health information workforce is a rapidly developing one. The Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) is an advanced course designed to provide current and future health information management professionals with rigorous training focused on issues of contemporary professional health information management practice.

Recent industry reports and consultations have highlighted the health information workforce shortages. There is a need for appropriately qualified individuals; professional who have the skills and knowledge to fill decision-making roles to meet the increasingly complex nature of delivering and managing health services in a data-driven environment. This has become increasingly critical given the national move to Activity Based Funding, where hospitals must track their activity at all levels against agreed targets in order to optimise their funding. Added to that is the push for efficiencies in the system through the use of E-health initiatives (electronic medical records, personalised electronic health records, digitalisation) which will only serve to intensify the need for this professional sector of the health workforce in the coming years.

The MHIM is offered on a full fee-paying, part-time basis only (12 units over 2 to 3 years) to domestic students.  All units are delivered primarily off campus (by distance), with non-mandatory, supporting intensive seminars in Sydney (approximately 6-10 days of intensives per year).

For more information about the Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) including our people and our industry partners please visit here.

Key contacts

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Course CoordinatorProf Melanie Lauva

Graduates from the Master of Health Information Management degree will have systematic and critical understanding of contemporary health information management and some specialised research skills for the advancement of professional practice.

Graduates will have:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice;
  • cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice;
  • expert technical and creative skills applicable health service management;
  • communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions;
  • communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation to communicate results to peers and the community.

Graduates will also demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with intellectual independence;
  • with initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning;
  • with full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs;
  • with the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge in the context of professional practice.
CLO1Work professionally and ethically by abiding to the Health Information Management code of conduct and demonstrating corporate social responsibility.
CLO2Apply critical, technical, inquiry and creative skills to making decisions and judgements in complex or ambiguous health information management situations, whilst demonstrating adaptive knowledge skills to suit various contexts.
CLO3Apply critical inquiry to social, political, environmental, and economic scenarios related to health information.
CLO4Demonstrate a range of decision making and leadership skills in health and wellness, problem solving, change management, conflict management, team work and lifelong learning across local, national and international contexts, while demonstrating an understanding and respect for and cultural diversity.
CLO5Develop high level written and oral communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions across audiences characterised by culturally and linguistically diverse people with varying levels of expertise.
CLO6Evaluate health data and information and create high level reports and statistics appropriate for the data context.
CLO7Critically evaluate in-depth knowledge of foundational and contemporary health information management theory, principles and processes and reflect on their efficacy in current practice.

Career outcomes

The Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) is designed for those interested in pursuing a significant management or administrative role in the private or public health sectors. Successful completion of the MHIM provides graduates with a substantial background in relevant health information management theory, research and practice that should enhance your ability to plan and manage successfully in an increasingly complex national and international sector, and within the framework of societal values.

Course structure

Schedule

You will study 12 units in this course: 4 coursework core units, 4 research core units and 4 units in your selected specialisation. All units are delivered primarily off-campus, with non-mandatory intensive seminars in Sydney.

 
Complete all of the following four (4) units:

Theories and approaches to health data management, information analysis and service improvements are reviewed to provide a foundation for enhanced organisational information management. Issues and key challenges addressed include ethics, legal and security requirements for managers and professionals, to enable…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students an opportunity to examine the link between ethics, legislation and governance. The unit will investigate the need for ethics to inform legislation, the translation of that legislation into policy, and how policy is enacted through governance.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The purpose of this unit is two-fold. First, to examine the structural arrangements of the organisation of healthcare in Australia. Students will develop an understanding of federal-state relations, and the organisation of acute, primary and aged care services. The challenges…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The theory, processes and activities to identify, monitor and improve strategic information management systems will be investigated. The challenges associated with the implementation and ongoing management of eHealth, effective information management, digital innovation strategies and stakeholder engagement to co-design digital…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Complete all of the following four (4) units:

This unit allows students to develop the methodological framework and tools by which to undertake a translational research project addressing a contemporary healthcare management issue. Students will conceptualise and prepare their project applying the values and principles of research integrity,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students an opportunity to plan a translational research project addressing a contemporary healthcare management issue. Students will examine research theories and frameworks to be able to articulate and justify a rigorous research design. Students will develop skills…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students an opportunity to conduct and report upon a translational research project addressing a contemporary healthcare management issue. Students will be responsible for the effective management of their research team, involving industry and academic supervisors. Students are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit offers an introduction to the practice of evidence informed decision making in health organisation management and research. Students will develop the skills to critically appraise scientific evidence to inform and improve decision-making. The relationship between managerial epidemiology and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose one (1) specialisation from the following options:

Strategic planning and the delivery of healthcare services to the community requires the application of highly complex data analysis knowledge and skills. This specialisation focuses upon the development of these capabilities to enable health professionals to be effective managers of services, departments and organisations.    

Complete all of the following four (4) units:

This unit examines the foundational health information management categorical frameworks, terms and design processes. In technical language, the unit investigates the theory and practice related to clinical classification, terminologies, and ontology development. Issues to be investigated include: a critical assessment…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Managers need an understanding of statistics for five key reasons: To properly collect, present, describe and interpret information. To draw valid conclusions from incomplete data - typically about large populations based only on information obtained from samples. To obtain reliable…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores the principles, theories and practice of epidemiology. Students are provided with a comprehensive introduction to the collection and interpretation of epidemiological data within the framework of health, health care delivery and human services. The unit content covers…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on your previous Data, Information and Knowledge studies. It is a detailed study of the development, implementation and maintenance of health care systems. The unit includes an exploration of systems theory as it applies to health information…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Healthcare management relies upon the development, implementation and monitoring of complex information governance systems. This specialisation focuses upon the development of system and organisational perspectives to achieve corporate and clinical governance requirements.     

Complete all of the following four (4) units:

This unit will enable students to appraise the theory, practice and process for achieving safety and quality in healthcare organisations. The unit focuses on identifying quality management processes, practices and tools for the review and improvement of healthcare delivery. Additionally,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Explores the changes occurring in the structure and delivery of health services as a result of technologies such as the Internet and telehealth. The unit considers the impact of such technology on consumers, communities, health professionals and health services.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores issues relating to diffusion of innovation, technology acceptance, and changemanagement. Relevant theories relating to these areas are critically analysed. Strategies for successfulimplementation of technology are explored, including the identification of barriers to implementation. Thediffusion of technology from…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on your previous Data, Information and Knowledge studies. It is a detailed study of the development, implementation and maintenance of health care systems. The unit includes an exploration of systems theory as it applies to health information…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

To effectively lead healthcare organisations executives and managers need to understand the interrelated systems and behaviours that comprise them. This specialisation focuses upon examining systems, processes and behaviours to enable health professionals to be leaders in complex environments.   

Complete all of the following four (4) units:

This unit examines the theories and frequently used techniques of economics, financial and managerial accounting in healthcare organisations. Public and private funding issues will be examined, across the acute, primary and aged care sectors. Students will apply this knowledge to…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The unit examines internal and external factors that shape micro, mecro, maso and system behaviours in healthcare. Students will scrutinise how the operation of healthcare organisations is determined by stakeholder expectations. Critical organisational issues will be investigated including attitudes, satisfaction,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Systems thinking is an approach to public health that allows us to understand and manage complex problems. The purpose of this unit is to introduce key systems thinking concepts and practical methods to address complexity to improve the health of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Evaluation is a core function of public health and health system leadership. It provides evidence to improve the design, delivery, reach and impact of health interventions in the many different contexts of the health system. This unit developsstudent competencies in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

For admission to this course you need to have one of the following:

a) an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent level standard in any other institution majoring in a management, information management/technology or health related discipline and relevant work experience in the health sector; OR

b) an Australian post-bachelor degree (Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master, or Doctorate) or equivalent level standard in any other institution in any discipline and relevant work experience in the health sector; OR

c) an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent level standard in any other institution in an unrelated discipline and a minimum of two years relevant work experience in the health sector.

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Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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