Associate Degree in Health Sciences

RMIT University

In the Associate Degree in Health Sciences you will gain an understanding of the health care system in Australia, how it works, and who the key stakeholders are. In your second year you can choose to study one of two major streams, health promotion or health information management. The course also includes a work based project. The health promotion stream provides you with knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups to promote health through education and other strategies. Graduates may find employment in government departments, local governments, community health centres, aged care facilities and health promotion organisations. The health information management stream combines an understanding of health and the health system with skills in information management and information technology. You may become clinical coders and may be employed in public and private hospitals, government health departments, or health insurance companies.

Course Fee:

Australian: $49,920
International: $59,520

Entry Requirements:

Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in any English (except EAL) and at least 25 in English (EAL).


Year 1 The first year focuses on understanding the body in health and disease. You'll be introduced to the Australian healthcare system and the role of different health professionals. You'll also explore the role of health promotion and information management in the Australian and international context. Year 2 The second year focuses on health promotion and provides you with knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups to promote health through education and other strategies. You'll undertake a capstone experience that involves a health industry project and practice that includes a a work-integrated learning (WIL) activity.

Subjects you can Study:

Chronic diseases, Evidence based health practice, Health and nutrition, Human biology, Law and ethics in health, Multidisciplinary health care in Australia, Understanding disease processes and treatment, Understanding the psychology of health.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the Associate Degree may be eligible for up to one year's credit in the Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems).

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include clinical coders in government or health insurance, health promotion.


Health promotion stream RMIT is applying for recognition with the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) to enable graduates to obtain professional membership. Health information management stream RMIT is applying to Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited (HIMAA) for recognition of the Associate Degree in Health Sciences.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 30.95 Yes Full time 2 years
City 30.95 Yes Part time 4 years

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One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

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