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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.

As part of this program, you may be eligible for a scholarship with DHCRC. You can find out more here. 


Please use plan code GC191O in the application system for this program. 

Applications close

27 Jun 2022|Closing soon

Future intakes
Jul 2022|Oct 2022
Number of courses
12 months

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Program Overview

Why study

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 a 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 well-being 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.

As part of this program, you may be eligible for a scholarship with DHCRC. You can find out more here. 

Program outcomes

  • 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.

Why Study at RMIT Online


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.

Topics covered

  • 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.

Topics covered

  • 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.

Topics covered

  • 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

Optional courses

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 option is a combination of two of our Future Skills short courses. These focus on two important capability areas in healthcare leadership and practice: 1. Digital Health Strategy and Change and 2. Health Care Design.

Learn with industry experts

Kerryn Butler-Henderson
Kerryn Butler-HendersonDirector of Digital Health, RMIT and Digital Health expert

Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson is a well-respected digital health academic, with more than twenty years’ experience working in health and higher education. She is known for her passion and dedication to the promotion and advocacy of the specialist digital health workforce and as a global leader in the development of health

Ellen Pittman
Ellen Pittman Program Manager, RMIT

Ellen Pittman (PhD) is an academic and boutique consultant with expertise in organisational performance analysis and culture change in the health, human services, and not-for-profit sectors. Through consulting, Ellen has been involved in designing new service models, sector collaboration strategies, health commissioning models, and she has undertaken many health

Mary Lam
Mary LamProgram Manager, RMIT

Mary Lam is a data scientist with a background in biostatistics and health informatics.
Prior to becoming an academic, Mary has been involved in several state and federal data collection initiatives in her capacity as the Health Information Officer on the team.
Mary is a researcher active academic. Her expertise is

David Rowlands
David RowlandsAdjunct Professor at RMIT and Digital Health Expert

David Rowlands is one of Australia’s most senior health informaticians, whose work in digital health is grounded in health service and health system executive experience. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, and an Adjunct Associate

Joyce Seitzinger
Joyce SeitzingerLearning Design Director, RMIT Online

With over 19 years experience in learning design both domestically and internationally, Joyce has a passion for building dynamic, engaging and world-class learning experiences

Why choose RMIT Online

Get a world-class education and transform your career.

Real world skills

Develop skills that have been validated by industry, while getting credentialed by a world-leading university.

Industry connected

You'll gain knowledge and practical skills from renowned industry partners who are at the forefront of their field.

Flexible delivery

Advance your career while you study. RMIT Online courses let you balance work, study and life commitments.

Supported community

Be guided by a network of industry experts and peers, and supported by our dedicated success team.

Entry requirements

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.

English Language

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

Credit Pathways 

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). 

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$5,700 to AU$6,103.*

All courses offered cost $1425 except option course Strategy, Design and Change in Digital Health which costs $1828.

Additional expenses
  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

Commonwealth supported places

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

  • Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture: Student contribution band by course (subject): $3,985 per standard year.  Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022: $498 per standard (12 credit point) course
  • Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology: Student contribution band by course (subject): $8,021 per standard year. Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022: $1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
  • Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science: Student contribution band by course (subject): $11,401 per standard year. Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022: $1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
  • Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture: Student contribution band by course (subject): $14,630 per standard year. Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022: $1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course.

Fee assistance


The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.


You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

Additional expenses

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

^Fees typically increase each year and may change without notice. Total fees are estimates and should only be used as a guide.




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Program total: 10080 (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.
^ Fees typically increase each year and may change without notice. Total fees are estimates and should only be used as a guide.

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