RMIT Online is partnering with Amazon and Telstra to offer a new post graduate program in digital health in response to increased demand for digital health professionals.

RMIT’s Online school announced today it will offer a Graduate Certificate in Digital Health starting in April next year. Co-designed by the university, public cloud giant Amazon Web Services and Telstra Health, Australia’s largest e-health company, the course will upskill students in patient care through technology. Digital Health CRC, a government funded research cooperative, also contributed to the course design.

The online course is aimed at working health professionals and will take 12 months to complete studying part time. The Graduate Certificate in Digital Health is credentialed by RMIT University.

In a statement today the university said COVID-19 has triggered widespread disruption to public health and led to an upsurge in digital transformation projects. The shifts have contributed to an increasing demand for digital health specialist, which the university expect to continue for a decade.

“Even before COVID-19, we were fast approaching a tipping point in healthcare, and this latest offering is an extension of our commitment to upskill professionals in an era when technology must augment human skills,” said RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness.

“Integrating technology into patient care and involving patients in the design of future health services will have a significant impact on the future of not only Australia’s healthcare industry but the health of all Australians. That is what this course intends to teach.”

RMIT Online is the Melbourne University’s attempt to deliver flexible education –typically short online courses – in areas involving digital tools and technologies, with the input of industry.

In the last year RMIT Online launched AI and data science courses in partnership with the Institute of Data, 5G courses  involving IBM, and an industry designed DevOps course. The online university has also launched a health transformation lab with Cisco and a cloud innovation and security centre with AWS.

Vincent Quah, APAC regional head for education, healthcare, and non-profits, worldwide public sector, Amazon Web Services, said, “We commend RMIT Online in developing new course content on Digital Health that leverages AWS cloud technology for health and education in meeting the fast growing demands for the healthcare industry.

“We believe continuous health innovation helps navigate through any pandemic with greater resilience and better prepared to respond to disruption, and we are pleased to work with RMIT Online in developing the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

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