Master of Digital Health
Course information for - 2021 entry
Offered at 1 locations
Digital health represents a global strategic shift in health promotion, maintenance and restoration across all health disciplines and provides employment opportunities within a range of settings, including; hospital information technology, biotechnology and consumer technology, business analytics in healthcare and medical and big health data.
A professional working in this industry needs to understand the importance of a digitally connected ecosystem that directly benefits the healthcare sector through reduced hospital admissions, improved coordination or care, reduced duplication in testing, reduced adverse events and improved person-centred care. They will need to understand how to perform gap analyses, assess big heath data and generate and fix systems that directly improve the quality, safety and efficacy of healthcare. Professionals in this area also need to be equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to pursue further learning in order to maintain relevance in an industry that is fast-paced and continually evolving.
The Master of Digital Health is designed to ensure that its students will develop advanced expert knowledge and understanding of industry relevant digital health concepts, advanced skills as a generalist or in an area of specialisation, and develop multidisciplinary skills suitable for the health and health IT industries. Graduates of the Master of Digital Health will have the knowledge and skill required to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner, and do so in an ethical manner characterised by a concern for respect, equity and social justice.
The Master of Digital Health will provide career- and industry- relevant knowledge and skills. The degree is delivered online, with the option to complete an internship or quality improvement project as a capstone. Its curriculum will provide knowledge and skills immediately applicable to employment situations of the students, thereby having a focus on developing an applied skill base in each student. The degree embeds research-led teaching to deliver evidence-based knowledge and practice for immediate application in industry.
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foci are built into the curriculum and bring together current and new knowledge from IT professionals, health professionals, and digital health professionals within the industry, for example, health informatician, health business analysist, strategic and operations officer, and medical software developer. The structure also provides students with the ability to tailor the degree to their specific career, industry or vocational needs by embedding an elective suite that draws from a variety of discipline expertise, or the ability to choose from one of three specialised pathways; (i) information technology, (ii) data science, or (iii) health administration and leadership.
Examples of potential employment settings include:
- Hospital information technology
- Health Informatics
- Business analytic roles in the healthcare sector
- Medical software
- Electronic medical records and practice management
- Biotechnology and consumer technology
- Health Data
- Strategic and operational leadership
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
Year 1 Semester 1
HLSC505 Health Data Fundamentals
HLSC506 Strategic Management In Digital Health Service Delivery
ITEC610 Python Fundamentals for Data Science
ITEC615 Fundamentals of Information Technology
Year 1 Semester 2
HLSC674 Electronic Health Records, Health Data Exchange & Standards
HLSC675 Health Knowledge Management
ITEC613 Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning
ITEC618 Programming Concepts
ITEC617 Data and Information Management
PHIL519 Ethical Practice in Digital Health
HLSC677 Independent Project: Digital Health Solution
HLSC678 Industry Internship
A student who has completed 40 cp of specified units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health.
A student from Pathway 1, 2, 5 or 6 who has completed 80 cp of specified units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Digital Health.
A student from Pathway 3 or 4 who has completed 60 cp of specified units and 20 cp of Elective units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Digital Health.
General application information
The program structure also provides the opportunity for elective choices to allow students to tailor the degree to their specific needs. This includes the flexibility to elect additional units in research training to provide students with a pathway into future higher degree research, an opportunity for an industry based internship, as well as the opportunity to specialise in the following three domains: (1) Health Administration and Leadership, (2) Data Science, and (3) Information Technology.
Overseas study available
No, but available to offshore students.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:
Bachelor degree in Health or Information Technology
Bachelor degree in any other field of study
ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Health
NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Diploma in Digital Health will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 80 credit points.
NOTE: Applicants having completed ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Health will be eligible for recognition of prior learning of up to 40 credit points.
English language requirements
Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience
- Graduate Certificate in Digital Health
- Graduate Diploma in Digital Health
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.