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GC-HINFDH Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health

Year and Campus: 2017 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 12 months part time.

Coordinator

Associate Professor Kathleen Gray

Contact

kgray@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

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Currently enrolled students:

Future Students:

Course Overview:

The increasing use of information and communication technologies in healthcare – including the rise of Digital Health, eHealth, Mobile Health and Telehealth – means that new Health Informatics knowledge and skills are needed in the health workforce around the world.*

At the same time as technology is improving and even disrupting healthcare, there is a shortage of people working in the health sector who have advanced qualifications in Health Informatics. There is national and international recognition of the need for the health workforce to build capabilities to work in increasingly technologised environments.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health is designed for people working or planning to work in the health sector, who aspire to management and leadership roles in this rapidly expanding aspect of healthcare. The course offers the opportunity to earn a graduate qualification from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in this important discipline.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health will enable you to:

  • Communicate knowledgeably about core health and biomedical informatics concepts, tools and methods
  • Critically evaluate approaches to information systems and information technology in contemporary healthcare in Australia and internationally
  • Develop an integrated understanding of how digital data, information and knowledge are generated and managed for clinical care, biomedical research, public health and health policy and planning.


In the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health students work with teaching staff who are nationally and internationally recognised health informatics researchers and highly regarded digital health industry experts. The course offers engagement with senior specialists in healthcare IT from public and private sector organisations, and insights into leadership, innovation and research.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health is offered for part-time study and may be completed part-time over 1 or 2 years. Some subjects run in the evenings on the Parkville campus. Some subjects are available for fully online study. Some class sizes between 20 and 60 encourage workshop / seminar modes of group interaction.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health become part of an interprofessional group of graduate students from different health workforce backgrounds, biosciences, information systems and information technology, and other fields. Within this group it is possible for students to pursue more clinical or more technical interests during their studies, depending on their backgrounds and career plans.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health can form the first half of a Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics and Digital Health (this proposal will be submitted in 2017 for 2018 commencment). It can also be a pathway to a Masters degree in Public Health, or to a Masters degree in Information Systems with a Health specialisation.

*In Australia as elsewhere ‘health informatics’ is the preferred term for the field of scientific knowledge, which has a long established history. Digital health, ehealth, mobile health and telehealth are commonly used to describe the application of this knowledge in the Internet age.

Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how digital data, information and knowledge are generated and managed for clinical care, biomedical research, public health, and health policy and planning
  • Communicate knowledgeably about the uses of core health and biomedical informatics concepts, tools and methods
  • Critically evaluate approaches to information systems and information technology in contemporary healthcare in Australia and internationally
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Four subjects taken over one or two years part-time (one or two subjects per semester)

Subject Options:

Core

Students must complete the following CORE Subjects:

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.5

Electives

Students must complete only one of the following elective subjects:

Students with a clinical background must complete HLTH90006 all other students should complete ISYS90069

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Students must choose one elective subject from the following list:

Subject
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Entry Requirements:

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed a health related degree, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent.

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the
course using the following criteria:

  • academic performance in their most recent degree
  • academic performance in any prior academic qualification
  • workplace experience in the health sector


The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will build capabilities to:

  • Improve practice in the management and governance of technological changes affecting safety and quality of health care and design and delivery of health services
Generic Skills:

Graduates will:

  • Have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • Have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment; and
  • Be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces

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