Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
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 analysis, health informatics (including e-health) and management. These are all key factors in enabling the Australian healthcare system to function effectively. Health information managers work behind the scenes in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals and community health centres to specialist disease registries. There's currently a national shortage of professionals in this field, and salaries range from $60,000 per year at entry level to $180,000 per year at senior level. In first year, you'll learn the foundations of human bioscience. Over the next three years, you will go on to specialise in health information systems. You'll study everything from anatomy, physiology and medical terminology to health informatics, management of electronic health information systems, electronic medical records, coding and classification of diseases, health data analysis and health information ethics and law. Professional placements are an integral part of this course. You may find employment with their host company after graduation. In second year, you complete five days of placement, followed by 15 days in third year and 45 days of supervised professional placements in fourth year. You can finish degrees after three years to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification). This enables you to work as a clinical coder.
In first year, students will take core subjects with students from other health sciences courses. They will focus on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and on the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. Second year offers an introduction to health research and developing skills in health information management, including health classification, health information systems, and health informatics (e-health). Students also undertake five days of professional placement in second year. In third and fourth years, higher-level theoretical subjects and focused placements provide further knowledge and practical skills. Students can specialise in their final year, including in their professional practice placement. There is 15 days of professional placement in third year and 44 days in fourth year. This double degree gives students the option of early-exit at the end of third year, with the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification).
- Health data analysis and Management
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management
- Health Information Privacy and Security
- Medical / Clinical Coding and Casemix Systems.
Standard entry requirements
- VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
- And a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification) / Bachelor of Health Information Management is accredited by the Health Information Management Association (HIMAA). Membership may require 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.
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This course has a clinical component.