Students may have their initial training in either health care or a technical discipline.
The first semester establishes a common ground. Students with a technical background take courses in basic medical science and healthcare organisation and management, while students with a background in healthcare take courses in basic computer and systems sciences.
The second semester focuses on health informatics methodology incl. requirements engineering, evaluation and health informatics standards. Case studies and a project course will provide opportunities for practise. In the third semester, you will study visualisation and simulation and clinical decision support, and can profile your education by studying a number of elective courses at both universities. In the fourth semester, you will complete a scientific degree project resulting in a masterís thesis.
IT projects in the health care field require people with a solid understanding of both the needs of the medical sector and the strengths and limitations of technology. Many health informaticians work as project managers, IT managers, clinical informaticians, application experts, requirements analysts, system specialists, system developers, interaction designers, evaluators and researchers.
Health informatics is a field that covers the study of methods and techniques for the collection, management and evaluation of medical information. Health informatics is important for the efficiency of information management in clinical research and healthcare and, ultimately, for achieving safer high quality care provision.
IT projects in health care require professionals with a solid understanding of both healthcare needs as well as the possibilities and limitations of technology. The health informaticianís unique interdisciplinary expertise makes them particularly suitable to assume a coordinating and bridging role between these two areas. It is therefore not surprising that many health informaticians work as project managers. Other roles are IT leader, clinical information specialist, application expert, requirements analyst, systems specialist, system designer, interaction designer, evaluator and researcher.
The first term of the programme gives students with a background in healthcare a knowledge base in computer and systems science, and students with a technical background a knowledge base in medical science and healthcare organisation.
For their second term, students select either a clinical or technical specialisation and, in addition to the courses common to both, the former group of students acquire knowledge about how to lead processes of change in the healthcare services using information technology, while the latter group delves more deeply into advanced methodology. Alongside the theoretical courses in semesters two and three, students attend case study courses. Both semesters conclude with project courses that offer the independent application of methodology. The fourth semester is devoted to the degree project.
Teaching is done in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet.
To qualify for this programme, you need to have a Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in healthcare, biomedicine, medical technology, computer and systems sciences, informatics or the equivalent.
No work experience is required.
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