Master of Digital Health

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$27135 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 - Not on offer , Semester 2 - Not on offer


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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.

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Professional experience

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.

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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

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Digital Health, a student must complete 120 or 160 credit points (cp), dependent on entry pathway.

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 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

10 cp 

ITEC613 Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning



ITEC618 Programming Concepts  


Semester 3

ITEC617 Data and Information Management


PHIL519 Ethical Practice in Digital Health


HLSC677 Independent Project: Digital Health Solution


HLSC678 Industry Internship

20 cp 

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

Exit Point 

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. 

Additional course 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.

Entry requirements

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. 

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

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).

Inherent requirement

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.

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Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Digital Health


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$27135 Fee-paying

Payment options

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.

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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.

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