Graduate Certificate in Digital Health
Reshape the future of healthcare by learning how to assess and deploy virtual care, electronic health records, and emerging digital health technologies.
Why study Digital Health
Digital health has enormous potential in addressing some of this century’s biggest healthcare challenges. Defined as the use of technology, communication, services, and processes in healthcare, digital health can deliver improved human involvement, health outcomes and service efficiencies.
Digital health empowers patients to manage their health and clinicians to focus on the highest value tasks. One example of a digital health innovation is how biosensors and apps can be used to assist remote patients with chronic conditions to remain healthier at home, in addition to the use of telehealth to manage chronic conditions, which in an CSIRO study, reduced hospital presentations by 53%.
If you’d like to take part in reshaping the future of healthcare, our Graduate Certificate in Digital Health will equip you with the knowledge and skills to assess digital health technologies for their benefits to patients and service efficiencies. By the end of this program, you’ll also have the ability to assess and integrate how advances in digital health will influence the wellbeing of generations of Australians.
Who this program is for
- Clinicians within hospitals or health and social care settings such as doctors, pharmacists, nurses, or allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists, podiatrists, nurse managers, or aged care managers
- Health service, unit, or IT managers including medical officers, superintendents, health IT professionals, or health administrators.
Critically analyse societal, cultural, economic and technological factors that enable or inhibit patient, consumer and citizen engagement in safe, effective and efficient digital health service delivery and business models.
Evaluate the importance of data, information and knowledge management in digital health and the implications for effective governance in both health service delivery and citizens’ rights.
Analyse contextual considerations, including regulation, policies and standards, socio-economic, socio-technical and cultural sensitivities, funding, workforce and other capabilities, to the provision of digital health services.
Design an effective strategy for implementing digital health initiatives in two core socio-technical domains - electronic health records and virtual care delivery - using reflective leadership.
How it works
This program will equip you with the skills to analyse and critically evaluate emerging technologies and trends in digital health, with approximately 80% of assessments allowing you to analyse digital health impacts and effectiveness in the context of your role or work place. Address a growing skills gap in the health care sector develop the capabilities to transition into a health leadership role or lead a digital health initiative.
Our Graduate Certificate in Digital Health contains three core program courses, and the choice of one from two optional courses.
Digital Health Enablers and Technologies
This course will examine the health, societal, and technological trends that are propelling digital health innovations and adoption. You’ll analyse the implications of digital disruption and transformation in the health sector. You’ll also explore barriers, risks, and enablers of digital health and identify the challenges associated with the applications of digital health on patient, consumers and citizen experiences.
- International megatrends in digital health such as patients at the centre of technology assessment
- Safe, effective and productive digital health technologies and tools
- Awareness of applications of emerging technology clusters such as AI and IoT
Data and Electronic Health Records
Electronic health records (EHR) are foundational to digital health and comprise a substantial platform with which to integrate other clinical support and patient engagement technologies. This course will examine a variety of related technologies and data governance that enable patient and consumer centred healthcare, and advanced clinical practice. You’ll analyse the contributions these technologies make to better health as well as associated ethical, regulatory, workplace and other sociotechnical considerations.
- Applications of EHRs such as patient benefits and experience and clinical decision support
- MyHealth Record and EHR implementations
- Information governance: privacy and security
Applied Telehealth and Virtual Care
In this course, you’ll analyse the nature and scope of contemporary telehealth and virtual care models as well as emerging technological developments. By reviewing recent innovations, you’ll investigate issues associated with the use of telehealth and virtual care including human connection, privacy and security, ethics and governance. You’ll also draw from your professional experience to complete the assessment tasks.
- Types of virtual care including telephones, internet, AI, wearables and biosensors
- Implementing virtual care including therapeutic best practices, privacy and security
- Integrating telehealth and face to face care in health ecosystems
Choose either Optional course 1 or Optional course 2
The first optional course, Digital Health in Service Delivery will take a practical view on how clinicians, allied, and contemporary health workers embed digital health into patient interactions and the delivery of healthcare in various settings and communities. You’ll explore consumer health technologies and examine the capabilities required for clinicians and organisations to effectively and safely deliver care in digitally-enabled settings.
The second optional course focuses on two important capability areas in healthcare leadership and practice: 1. Digital Health Strategy and Change Management and 2. Health Care Design.
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Successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in health or a related field or
- An bachelor degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution and at least 1 year’s full-time experience in a health care or social setting or
- At least five years’ full time experience working in health or social care or a related role with a portfolio of evidence demonstrating analysis and report writing.
- All applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV)
If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessment as part of meeting the entry requirements, you will need to provide a CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment, and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of an employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.
International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. You can provide your results from one of these three options:
- An accepted English language proficiency test, or
- An accepted English language provider, or
- A recognised Australian or international qualification
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit the English language requirements and equivalency information.
Australian Student Visas
RMIT’s Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Health does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. For more details on RMIT’s on-campus programs visit rmit.edu.au.
At RMIT Online, we're committed to supporting your lifelong learning journey. Our flexible learning pathways can be tailored to align with your individual educational goals. Some of our Future Skills short courses, when taken in certain combinations, are eligible for credit in the Graduate Certificate in Digital Health.
For a full list of the two-course Future Skills combinations and eligibility, please refer here. To be eligible for a credit transfer, you will also need to meet this program’s entry requirements. The Future Skills course must be a current credential or completed within the last 10 years. Individual Future Skills courses are not recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Program total: 14400 (all 4 courses)*FEE-HELP and other support may be available
* Plus a capped Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) based on your credit point enrolment load.
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