The application of information and communications technology in healthcare, now generally known as health informatics, is a complex and intellectually demanding interdisciplinary field in which medicine, computer science, management science, statistics and engineering are all represented. Health informatics is no longer viewed as a peripheral issue but rather as a central means of improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. This in turn is encouraging governments to increase investment in ICT in healthcare, or eHealth. However, the lack of people with appropriate education and training in health informatics continues to be a major problem. The M.Sc. in Health Informatics aims to address this problem by equipping students with the knowledge required to ensure that the health sector gets the best out of ICT. The course, run jointly by the School of Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Medicine, is intended for suitably qualified applicants currently working or aspiring to work in a position in the health sector which requires the efficient and cost effective application of information technology.
A key strength of the course is the student mix: students with IT backgrounds learn from their clinical classmates and vice versa, and all learn to communicate more effectively with each other, through practical team-based project work. A second strength is the contribution by international experts to teaching and assessment.
Topics addressed include electronic healthcare records, clinical decision support systems, data quality, interoperability, health informatics standards, clinical coding and classification, distributed health information systems, connected health, bioinformatics, biomedical imaging, human computer interaction, data protection, security, ethics and risk management.
This course has been co-funded under the National Development Plan (Graduate Skills Conversion Programme) for EU fee paying students
The course runs over two academic years (September - June) part-time, on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings to facilitate those in full-time employment. The first year consists of taught modules, with a strong emphasis on practical team-based continuous assessment. Those with a clinical background take an introductory Computer Programming module, while those from an IT background take a Basic Medical Sciences module. Other modules include Introduction to Health Informatics, Health Information Systems, Clinical Decision Support Systems, Human-Computer Interaction in Healthcare, Biomedical Imaging, and Bioinformatics. In the second year students take a Research Methods module, undertake an independent research project and report on it as a 20,000 word dissertation.
Applications will be accepted from those who:
Applicants meeting these requirements will be interviewed. Overseas applicants may be required to take a test of English language proficiency. Students who successfully complete the diploma will have the option of proceeding to the MSc programme without receiving the Diploma.
No work experience is required.
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