Bachelor of Health Information Management

General

Program Description

Overview

  • Combine knowledge in business, information technology, and health to supply data that is integral to improving patient care and health services.
  • Immerse yourself in current and emerging technologies to develop skills in new technology, people management, data and information management and the principles of medicine and health care.
  • Opportunities for real experience and networking with placements and site visits.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in health science or IT-related field may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the only health information management course in Queensland. The course has been designed in response to national health reforms and the introduction of eHealth systems and associated infrastructure. Employment opportunities are excellent.

During this course, you will visit health information managers at major hospitals, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. These experiences provide insight into the diversity of available roles and offer valuable opportunities to network. You will prepare for the transition to the workplace with a professional placement that can be completed locally or overseas.

Your study will focus on business management, analyzing and managing budgets, and eHealth systems. Health units will develop knowledge in medical terminology, the Australian healthcare system, and clinical classifications. Health information managers are well suited to leadership roles because they understand clinical practices, finance functions, information technology applications, and staff management. The combination of knowledge across business, information technology, and health will prepare you for many roles.

What to expect

Health information managers (HIM) collect, maintain and analyze data that can improve patient care and help the health system run efficiently. The role is varied but may include:

  • Managing comprehensive patient information.
  • Implementing and managing eHealth systems.
  • Providing epidemiologists and researchers with data related to health investigation and inquiries.
  • Supporting management with reports about demand and access to health services.
  • Preparing information for government agencies about the health status of communities.

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Career outcomes

Graduates find employment, both here and overseas, in a range of environments including:

  • Hospitals and other health facilities
  • Government health departments
  • Software development firms (e.g. eHealth design and implementation projects)
  • Health insurance companies
  • Health research centres
  • The pharmaceutical industry
  • Statistical agencies
  • International aid agencies
  • Non-government organizations.

As well as working in health information services, graduates are able to work in specialist positions that include:

  • Business analyst
  • Clinical data manager
  • Clinical coder/coding auditor/coding educator
  • Clinical governance and risk management officer
  • Database administrator
  • Health privacy officer

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible for full graduate membership of the Health Information Management Association of Australia.

Possible careers

  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Corporate Health Officer
  • Health Data and Casemix Analyst
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health Policy Officer
  • Health Privacy Officer
  • Health Services Manager
  • Information Officer
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • eHealth Project Officer

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Last updated September 2019

About the School

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