Graduate Diploma in Digital Health

Course information for - 2022 entry

Study mode
Online
Duration
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$27135 Fee-paying

Start dates
ACU Online Term 2 - April, ACU Online Term 3 - July, ACU Online Term 4 - October

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Digital Health helps health and IT professionals acquire advanced knowledge and skills in interpreting meaningful health data, and foundational knowledge in digital health ecosystems to influence strategic direction that greatly benefits health care.

The diploma will prepare you to collect, transfer, link, analyse, interpret, and report meaningful data within a local digital health ecosystem for the use of advanced technologies and techniques. You’ll also evaluate the use of data standards and data integrity when used for health data exchange. The ethical underpinnings of the course will lead to the development of humanistic and ethical strategic directions for digital health technologies.

Professional experience

The Graduate Diploma in Digital Health will provide career- and industry-relevant knowledge and skills. The degree is delivered online with a curriculum that 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 at the core of its curriculum to deliver evidence-based knowledge and practice for immediate application in industry.

Careers

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 Graduate Diploma in Digital Health, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).


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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

2.1 Pathway 1

Term 1 and Term 3

20cp of

HLSC505 Health Data Fundamentals

PHIL519 Ethical Practice in Digital Health

ITEC610 Python Fundamentals for Data Science

Term 2 and Term 4

"Pathway 1"

HLSC506 Strategic Management In Digital Health Service Delivery

ITEC613 Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning

ITEC615 Fundamentals of Information Technology

Term 1 and Term 3

"Pathway 1"

20cp of

HLSC674 Electronic Health Records, Health Data Exchange & Standards

ITEC617 Data and Information Management

ELECTIVE

Term 2 and Term 4

"Pathway 1"

20cp of

HLSC675 Health Knowledge Management

ITEC618 Programming Concepts

ELECTIVE

2.2 Pathway 2

Term 1 and Term 3

20cp of

HLSC505 Health Data Fundamentals

PHIL519 Ethical Practice in Digital Health

ITEC610 Python Fundamentals for Data Science

Term 2 and Term 4

"Pathway 2"

20cp of

ITEC613 Introduction to Data Science and Machine Learning

HLSC506 Strategic Management In Digital Health Service Delivery

OR

ITEC615 Fundamentals of Information Technology

Term 1 and Term 3

"Pathway 2"

20cp of

HLSC674 Electronic Health Records, Health Data Exchange & Standards

ITEC617 Data and Information Management

ELECTIVE

Term 2 and Term 4

"Pathway 2"

20cp of

HLSC675 Health Knowledge Management

ITEC618 Programming Concepts

ELECTIVE

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Pathway 1 (80 Credit Points) – completion of 30 cp of Health units and 30 cp of IT units and 20cp of Electives

Pathway 2 (80 Credit Points) – completion of 50 cp of Health units and 10 cp of IT units and 20cp of Electives

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Exit Points

A student from Pathway 1 who has completed 40 cp of specified units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, including at least 10 cp from Health Units and at least 10 cp from IT units, may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health. 

A student from Pathway 2 who has completed 40 cp of specified units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, including at least 20 cp from Health Units, may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health. 

Additional course information

Depending on your entry pathway, the program structure may provide the opportunity for elective choices to allow you to tailor the degree to your specific needs.

Overseas study available

This online course is not available to students via international visa, but it is available to international students residing domestically or offshore.


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 

OR 

Bachelor degree in any other field of study 

OR 

ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Health 

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.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. Speak to your course consultant for more information or to discuss your eligibility.

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen course.

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.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

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

Graduate Certificate in Digital Health

Further study

Master of Digital Health

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$27135 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 20 credit points (normally 2 units) per term.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per term;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The university reviews fees annually.

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, a scholarship and income support. Talk to your course consultant about your options.

Scholarships

You could be eligible for the Scholarship for ACU Online, ACU's Online Campus created to help ACU online students with the costs associated with studying. We also have university wide scholarships you may be eligible for. 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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Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. If you wish to defer, please speak to your course consultant.

 

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