Master of Health Information Management (C7E)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 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

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) 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 you as 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 to optimise their funding. Added to that is the push for efficiencies in the system using digital health and, assistive and emerging technologies (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 future.

Units are developed in collaboration with industry to reflect industry practices and to develop graduates to meet workforce demands. Graduates will be able to apply critical, technical, and creative skills to making ethical and social decisions and judgements in complex health service management settings. A blended learning approach enables students to engage with local and national leaders, and partake in industry relevant investigations, through analysis, case studies and research.

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  • 1 Apply critical, technical inquiry and creative skills to make judgements in complex and ambiguous health information management situations, using adaptive knowledge skills in various contexts.
  • 2 Apply critical inquiry to social, political, environmental, and economic scenarios related to health information to inform judgements, actions and research.
  • 3 Critically evaluate health data and information, management theory, principles, and processes to communicate ideas to reflect on their efficacy in current practice.
  • 4 Critically appraise decision-making and leadership tools and skills in contemporary health practice.
  • 5 Demonstrate social, cultural and ethical responsibility, and engage in professional conduct to support individuals and groups.
  • Course structure

    Students will study 12 units in this course: 8 core units and 4 in a selected specialisation. All units are delivered primarily off-campus, with non-mandatory intensive seminars in Sydney, online and Tasmania (by discretion). 

    Students will enrol in 3 units per semester within the 2 year program. 

    This unit explores the information security issues arising from technology use in the health care environment. Consideration is given to legal and ethical concepts and issues, with an emphasis on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information. Students are…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    In this unit you will examine the development, implementation, and maintenance of health care systems and explore systems theory as it applies to health information systems. You will analyse the life cycle of a health information system, including strategic and…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    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
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    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
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    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
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Choose one specialisation from the following list

    This four unit (50CP) specialisation in Data Analytics contributes 50CP to the course. 

    With the explosion of technology and data in health, the field of health informatics is growing. This unit will evaluate the field of health informatics as a discipline within the health system, and appraise key principles and theories. The foundational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    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

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    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
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    This four unit (50CP) specialisation in Health Informatics contributes 50CP to the course. 

    With the explosion of technology and data in health, the field of health informatics is growing. This unit will evaluate the field of health informatics as a discipline within the health system, and appraise key principles and theories. The foundational…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    This unit explores the evolution of the electronic health record (EHR). It examines the definition and context of the EHR, records management, the benefits and barriers of EHRs, the national health information agenda, the EHR as a socio-technical tool, ethical…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Explores the changes occurring in the structure and delivery of health services as a result of the digital transformation that has occurred across the industry. The unit considers the impact of such technology on consumers, communities, health professionals and health…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    The specialisation is made up of four specialist units that are delivered as part of the ‘mastery’ elements of the MHIM course and constitutes 50 credit points of the 150-credit point course.   

    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

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    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

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    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
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 1

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

    The specialisation is made up of four specialist units that are delivered as part of the ‘mastery’ elements of the MHIM course and constitutes 50 credit points of the 150-credit point course.  

    Explores the changes occurring in the structure and delivery of health services as a result of the digital transformation that has occurred across the industry. The unit considers the impact of such technology on consumers, communities, health professionals and health…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 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
    OnlineSemester 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.

    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

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    The specialisation is made up of four specialist units that are delivered as part of the ‘mastery’ elements of the MHSM course and constitutes 50 credit points of the 150-credit point course. 

    This unit provides you with a broad appreciation of the nature and importance of logistics activities and an understanding of the key concepts and tools used by logistics managers. It enables you to examine the key components of an integrated…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSpring school (November)

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

    Supply Chain Management has been identified by the business community as a key discipline which can generate significant cost savings, improve customer value and be used effectively to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.To a casual observer, supply chain management would…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    The unit develops critical knowledge and understanding of procurement from the logistics and supply chain management perspectives. It covers the procurement process, procurement management strategies, procurement marketing and segmentation, international sourcing, supplier relationship management, price/cost analysis, negotiations and contract management,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Warehouses/distribution centres play a pivotal role in today’s logistics and supply chain systems, especially when we consider the manufacturing in a global environment and increasing online shopping. When operating a warehouse/distribution centre, how to improve the operational efficiency while minimising…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    LauncestonSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Entry requirements

    To be eligible for admission to this degree, you must have: 

    • a completed undergraduate degree at Bachelor level (AQF level 7) or higher (or equivalent#) majoring in an Information Technology and/or health related discipline and employment within the health sector; OR 
    • a completed postgraduate degree (AQF level 8) or higher or equivalent level standard in any other institution in any discipline and employment in the health sector; OR 
    •  a completed undergraduate degree at Bachelor level (AQF level 7) or higher (or equivalent) in an unrelated discipline and a minimum of two years relevant work experience in the health sector. 

    In addition to the requirements for Domestic applicants, International applicants must also demonstrate:

    • IELTS 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)
    • TOEFL (iBT) 88 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22)
    • PTE Academic 58 with no score lower than 50
    • Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes 2 at the University of Tasmania with a minimum overall score of 65% (no individual score less than 60%); or provide evidence that you have approved Prior Studies in English (https://www.utas.edu.au/international/applying/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements).

    These tests must not be more than 24 months old.

    # An approved equivalent from an overseas institution.

    Students who are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health (formerly the Graduate Certificate of E-Health (Health Informatics)) (H5E) can articulate into this course with full credit for x4 units completed, given that there is now a specialisation in Health Informatics in the MHIM. 

    Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management (Safety and Quality) will receive advanced standing for two 12.5 credit point units of the Master of Health Information Management and may apply for credit for units BAA753 and BAA756 within the MHIM.

    Students wishing to exit the Master of Health Information Management after completing 100 credit points can receive a Graduate Diploma in Health Information Management qualification. 

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the entire amount for your studies. Commonwealth supported places are not available in this postgraduate course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    An important note on Youth Allowance and Austudy

    The Department of Social Services has approved some accredited and professionally oriented Masters courses for student payments through Youth Allowance or Austudy. This means if you enrol in one of these courses, you may be eligible for student payments. However, please be aware that this is not the case for all Master courses. Please visit our Scholarships, Fees and Costs website for further information.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the 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

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 65,935 AUD *.

    Course cost based on a rate of $43,450 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

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

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