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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Health Informatics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Health Informatics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Health Informatics programme is designed for healthcare professionals and those who want to increase their knowledge and skills in health informatics. Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP), the programme uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience is strongly linked with National Health Service (NHS) organisations, other research institutes and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.

Key Features of the Health Informatics Programme

- A one year full-time taught masters programme in Health Informatics that has been running successfully since 2001 and has an international reputation.

- The Health Informatics course is also available for three years part-time study with minimum attendance requirements.

- Accredited by the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions Education Quality Assurance Scheme.

- Uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience.

- Strongly linked with National Health Services organisations and industry within the Life Science sector in Wales, UK.

- The Health Informatics course is based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research of Swansea University, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC), enhancing the quality of the course.

Who should study MSc Health Informatics?

The Health Informatics course is suitable for current informaticians, those working in the health and healthcare sector, and graduates preparing for a career in health informatics. Applicants from non-graduates with domain experience are welcome.

Course Structure

Health Informatics students must complete 6 modules (5 core and 1 further module from a choice of two) to earn a minimum of 120 credits in total in Part One and produce a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words on a relevant health informatics topic in Part Two to graduate. Each module for this course requires five days of intensive study in Swansea. This will be augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after your visit.

Attendance Pattern

Health Informatics students are required to attend the University for 1 week (5 consecutive days) for each module in Part One. Attendance during Part Two is negotiated with the supervisor.

Modules

Modules on the Health Informatics programme typically include:

• Health Informatics in Context

• Communications and Coding

• Using Secondary Health Data

• Systems and Technologies

• Knowledge Management

• Understanding Health Informatics Research

The Health Informatics course introduces two pathways for health informaticians who wish to specialise in one of the following areas:

1. Health Informatics Research

2. Leadership in Project Management

Research Opportunities

In partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Wales Informatics Service and Health Boards in Wales, the Health Informatics course is able to offer NHS research opportunities within local NHS facilities and the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories based at Swansea University.

Industry Links

In collaboration with the e-Health Industries Innovation Centre UK, this course offers you a unique opportunity to work with the industries to develop your work-based project that will give you the competitive edge and enhance your future employability.

Career Prospects

Health Informatics remains one of the fastest growing areas within healthcare in the UK and US.

In the UK working as a professional health informatician, you could be introducing electronic health records for every person in the country or exploring patient data to identify trends in disease and treatment. If you love working with computers or have an analytical and inquisitive mind, then there is a job for you in health informatics as the NHS Careers in Health Informatics has demonstrated.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Health Informatics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Health Informatics at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The developing discipline of health informatics is becoming an increasingly important component of health provision in the 21st Century. This programme builds on the successful MSc in Health Informatics which has been running at Swansea University since 2001.

Key Features of MRes in Health Informatics

- The focus is on primary research, undertaken over 2 years.

- Research skills are developed through three short modules as the student develops their own health informatics research project in the first 9 months of the course.

- The research project may be undertaken within the student’s own place of work.

- The research is supported within an organisation with a strong research reputation. Each student will have one to one supervision at all stages of the research process.

- The Health Informatics programme is based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research at Swansea University, as awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

- Through partnerships with National Health Service (NHS) bodies in Wales, we are able to offer a range of research opportunities.

Who should study MRes Health Informatics?

The Health Informatics course is designed for those with experience in health informatics who want to make a contribution to the field by helping develop the knowledge base. Applications for non-graduates with domain expertise are welcome.

Course Structure

Health Informatics students must undertake 3 modules of a total of 60 credits at level in their first academic year. The second year will comprise supervised completion of a research based thesis. The requirements for supervision and review, as set out for standard research degrees, will be integrated into the course.

Attendance Pattern

Only 3 individual weeks of attendance required in the first 9 months, one week for each of the modules.

Modules

Modules on the MRes Health Informatics typically include:

Critical Appraisal and Evaluation

Undertaking health informatics research

Any one existing health informatics module relating to the chosen topic



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The. MSc Health Informatics. is designed to provide a specialist qualification in health informatics, addressing a wide range of operational care and management perspectives. Read more

The MSc Health Informatics is designed to provide a specialist qualification in health informatics, addressing a wide range of operational care and management perspectives.

It illustrates principles across the health and social care sector, taking theory into practice. It is ideal for demonstrating competence in informatics to support the care domain and contributing towards meeting continuing professional development goals.

The learning outcomes for this postgraduate course are related to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and the Key Skills Framework. The MSc in Health Informatics consists of core modules in health informatics, research methods, study skills, with optional modules and a dissertation. The distance learning course is delivered using eLearning.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The course is available via eLearn.

Assessment is through coursework. A variety of formative and summative exercises is undertaken including short papers, work-based assignments, oral presentations, electronic presentations and a dissertation.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

YEAR 1

Typically:

  • HI4000 Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills
  • HI4001 Information and IT Concepts for Health and Social Care
  • HI4004 Informatics for Health and Social Care

YEAR 2

  • HI4002 Quantitative Methodology for Health and Social Research
  • HI4003 Qualitative Methodology for Health and Social Research
  • Plus one optional module from the list below:
  • HI4006 Information and Communication Technology for Health and Social Care
  • HI4007 Quality Assurance for Health and Social Care
  • HI4008 Comparative Study of National Health and Social Care Systems
  • HI4010 Knowledge-based Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

YEAR 3

  •  GP4990 Dissertation

FURTHER INFORMATION

The MSc in Health Informatics programme consists of core modules in health informatics, research methods, postgraduate study skills, together with optional modules and a dissertation.

To obtain the award of MSc in Health Informatics, a student must successfully complete six taught modules (four core and two optional) plus a triple dissertation module.

INDUSTRY LINKS

This course is recognised as contributing to UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) continuing professional development. The course learning outcomes map to Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and Key Skills Framework.



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Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. Read more

Today's society faces the challenge of providing high-quality, patient-centred, sustainable and affordable healthcare, in an environment of increased demand and scarce resources. The Health Informatics MSc at UCL aims to form future leaders who will address this challenge, transforming healthcare delivery through the use of information and communication technologies.

About this degree

Our graduates are professionals able to effectively engage with clinicians, managers, patients and policymakers, with the necessary skills and tools to harness healthcare information for improving clinical practice and service delivery. They possess the knowledge about healthcare problems, the concepts used to analyse them and the principles that govern the successful engineering, application and evaluation of solutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), seven optional modules (105 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study over a period of two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Principles of Health Informatics

Optional modules

  • Research Methods in Healthcare
  • Information Systems in Healthcare
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • eHealth: Patients and the Internet
  • Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
  • Learning Health Systems
  • Principles of Health Data Analytics
  • Principles of Health Data Science*
  • Data Methods for Health Research*
  • Machine Learning in Healthcare & Biomedicine*

*Full-time MSc students have option to share Data Science for Research in Health & Biomedicine modules

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, normally based at their place of work, which culminates in a piece of work written in the style of a journal article.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught by 'blended learning', and therefore includes interactive online teaching and face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops including substantial use of examples of real clinical systems. Assessment is through examination, critical evaluations, technical tasks, coursework and project reports, compulsory programming and database assignments, and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Health Informatics MSc

Careers

Health informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists. The main areas where our graduates find employment are business intelligence, information management, project and programme management, informatics analysts and directors, quality and service improvement management.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Business & Performance Manager, Camden & Islington NHS FT
  • Business Intelligence Analyst, Hinchingbrooke Hospital (NHS)
  • Commissioning Manager, NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Programme Manager, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Project Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Health Informatics at UCL is taught by a team of specialists within the UCL Institute of Health Informatics, and understanding how information technologies can be harnessed for improving the delivery of care is central to their academic mission. UCL is at the centre of a vast network of clinical collaborators and houses probably the largest concentration of health informatics expertise in the UK.

The institute conducts world-leading research and our teaching, which is research based, focuses on areas such as electronic healthcare records, decision support systems, consumer health informatics, and clinical and applied bioinformatics.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Who is it for?. This course will help you become part of the newest and fastest growing specialty in healthcare by understanding how to apply informatics solutions to develop high-quality and sustainable healthcare. Read more

Who is it for?

This course will help you become part of the newest and fastest growing specialty in healthcare by understanding how to apply informatics solutions to develop high-quality and sustainable healthcare.

It has been designed for health professionals who wish to enhance their careers with an informatics qualification. It will also appeal to computer scientists, engineers and others with relevant technical or professional qualifications who wish to move into a successful career involving the application of informatics in the health service.

Objectives

The Health Informatics MSc at City, University of London aims to develop future leaders in the field who will transform healthcare with sustainable, informatics-led approaches, and is the only MSc in the UK to be accredited by the British Computer Science Society.

High-quality teaching combines both theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including electronic health records, clinical data management and analytics, mobile technology and telehealth. Teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry. Furthermore, you will be part of a multi-professional and strongly international cohort bringing together many points of view on national and international computerised healthcare initiatives.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Teaching and learning

High-quality teaching is delivered by research-active academics from City, University of London. Specialist industry professionals also participate in teaching and learning, ensuring that students learn the knowledge and skills most valued by industry.

Teaching combines both theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including electronic health records, clinical data management and analytics, mobile technology and telehealth. You will also undertake an independent research project.

All taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials and activities supported by the University's online learning environment.

Taught modules are generally assessed through a combination of coursework and examination, although some modules are 100% coursework based (e.g. Data Analysis with Healthcare Application, Information Architecture and Project Management). Examinations focus on applying health informatics theories to realistic clinical scenarios. Coursework assignments centre on analysing real world problems, developing computational models and systems to solve these problems and producing written reports and documentation.

The taught component of the MSc is worth 66.67% and the independent research project is worth 33.33%. The independent research project allows students to conduct original research on a health informatics topic of their choice

Upon successful completion of eight modules and the independent research project, you will be awarded a master’s level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed the taught component you will be awarded a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

The MSc comprises of 180 credits.

You will study six core modules and two elective modules. You will also undertake an independent research project.

A full-time student is expected to commit 35 hours a week, which includes attendance at lectures, tutorials and workshops, and independent study on coursework, the individual research project and preparation for examinations.

Taught Core Modules

Core modules are mandatory and provide a detailed insight into key areas of health informatics. The modules are designed to complement each other and incrementally build specialist knowledge in the area. For example, the Electronic Health Records module focuses on important standards and techniques for securely capturing, storing and exchanging clinical data. Data Analysis with Healthcare demonstrates how to undertake statistical analyses of clinical data and report the results. In the Modelling Healthcare Decisions and Knowledge Management in Healthcare modules students learn about machine learning techniques that can be applied to clinical data and used to develop intelligent systems to support clinical decision making, including the cost effectiveness of those decisions in a variety of healthcare settings. The Telehealth and Mobile Applicationsmodules examines the emerging role of telehealth with a focus on new technologies and devices such as mobile apps, sensors and cloud computing that can be used to capture clinical data and deliver health services in environments such as patients’ homes. The Research, Methods and Professional Issues module develops students' research skills and helps with planning and carrying out original research in their independent research project.

  • Electronic Health Records (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis with Healthcare Application (15 credits)
  • Modelling Healthcare Decisions (15 credits)
  • Knowledge Management in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Telehealth and Mobile Applications (15 credits)
  • Research, Methods and Professional Issues (15 credits)

Career prospects

Graduates from the Health Informatics MSc pursue successful careers in health services (both state and private sectors in the UK and overseas), and in related healthcare industries such as Electronic Health Record providers. There are a wide variety of roles and opportunities in health informatics as outlined the NHS Careers in Health Informatics including:

  • Health records designers and developers
  • Health data scientists
  • Data managers
  • Taxonomy managers
  • System and application analysts
  • Information analysts
  • IT project managers
  • Digital transformation leads
  • PACS and RIS managers
  • Education and training.


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The School of Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Medicine offer a joint MSc programme in Health Informatics. Health Informatics is broadly concerned with the application of Information Technology in the health sector. Read more
The School of Computer Science and Statistics and the School of Medicine offer a joint MSc programme in Health Informatics. Health Informatics is broadly concerned with the application of Information Technology in the health sector. It is a truly interdisciplinary field in which medicine, computer science, management science, statistics and engineering are all represented.

The main aim of the MSc programme is to give students a broad understanding of both the principles underlying the field of health informatics and of its practical applications. The course 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. The MSc course runs over two academic years (September - June) on a part-time basis, on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings to facilitate those in full-time employment. The first year incorporates both taught and practical components with a strong emphasis on practical team-based continuous assessment.

Students take a total of seven modules from the following: introduction to health informatics; introduction to computing (for those from a health science background); introduction to health sciences (for those from a computing background); health information systems; clinical decision support systems; biomedical imaging; human computer interaction in healthcare; health informatics research paper and bioinformatics. Not all modules will be offered each year. Year 2 students receive instruction in research methodology and undertake an independent research project.

This course has been co-funded under the National Development Plan (Graduate Skills Conversion Programme) for EU fee paying students.

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Healthcare demand is exceeding supply worldwide and there is a need for radical solutions. Innovative IT approaches are transforming healthcare. Read more

Healthcare demand is exceeding supply worldwide and there is a need for radical solutions. Innovative IT approaches are transforming healthcare. Health providers and leading multinationals are investing massively in technology and demand for qualified health informatics professionals is high.

This programme offers a detailed overview of health informatics, including telehealth, mHealth, data analytics, knowledge management and decision support. It takes a strong information systems perspective, building transferable skills in areas like soft systems, process modelling, strategy and system development, and focusing these on health.

The Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics has a strong national and international reputation and is actively engaged in delivering education, skills, research and development to the NHS and a network of national and international software suppliers. As a student on the Masters programme, you’ll be actively involved with us in listening to, and informing, the informatics agenda for health.

More information

The professional development events run by the Yorkshire Centre for Health Informatics (YCHI) mean we have an established network of employers keen to recruit masters students and support their masters projects.

You’ll benefit from our location too. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest UK hospital trust and Leeds is the headquarters for many Department of Health organisations, such as NHS Digital and NHS England. We also have close relationships with leading health software suppliers based in Leeds, in particular The Phoenix Partnership, providers of SystmOne and ResearchOne. YCHI is part of the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics, bringing opportunities to be involved in exciting developments in “big data”.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate levels.



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Health informatics studies the nature of medical data and the use of information technology to manage health-related information in medical practice, education, and research. Read more

Health informatics studies the nature of medical data and the use of information technology to manage health-related information in medical practice, education, and research. With increases in the application and uses of information technology in the medical industry, there is an unprecedented need for professionals who can combine their knowledge of computing and health care to improve the safety and quality of care delivery, as well as to help control costs.

The MS degree in health informatics applies the creative power of information technology to the information and data needs of health care. This includes the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of patient data, as well as access to electronically maintained medical knowledge for use in patient care, research, and education. Professionals in the field require computing expertise; an understanding of formal medical terminology, clinical processes, and guidelines; and an understanding of how information and communication systems can be used to successfully deliver patient information in various health care settings. The program is offered online only.

The program offers two tracks: the clinician track and analyst track.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission into the MS program in health informatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college (MD, RN, or other professional degree).
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a professional essay describing relevant employment or other experience and career plans (recent undergraduate students without extensive employment experience should discuss their career plans as well as any courses they have completed that are relevant to medical informatics, health care, or information technology).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
  • Have completed at least one year of computer programming in a current object-oriented language or have equivalent work experience.*
  • Have knowledge of medical terminology/vocabulary, clinical processes, and information systems that are used to support health care activities and processes.
  • Have a familiarity with anatomy and physiology, including the major systems of the human body, including the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology, muscular system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, urinary system, and histology.
  • Have completed the equivalent of one statistics course that covers the fundamental statistical principles necessary to interpret data and present results, including descriptive statistics, random sampling, normal distribution, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. (This prerequisite may be completed post-admission if necessary.)
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

International Applications

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants without previous graduate study and with an undergraduate GPA that is less than 3.0 may be considered for admission, but will be required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Applicants from international universities are required to submit GRE scores.
  • An interview with the program’s admissions committee may also
  • be required.


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This programme is designed to provide core training in concepts, techniques and research methods applied to health informatics. Read more
This programme is designed to provide core training in concepts, techniques and research methods applied to health informatics. In order to accommodate the expected student profile of people currently working in the healthcare and/or the IT sectors who are looking to switch careers, the programme is offered on a part-time as well as a full-time basis. Flexibility is key for the targeted student demographic, particularly the clinicians, so entry in Semester A and Semester B has been incorporated into the programme design.

Why choose this course?

This course will:
-Provide you with the knowledge and understanding to equip them for research in health informatics
-Make you aware of the problems faced in delivering effective healthcare, the concepts used in analyzing them and the principles that govern the successful design, implementation and evaluation of technological solutions to healthcare problems
-Ensure graduates are capable of using sophisticated technologies and information management techniques to improve the quality of health care

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Electronic Communication of Clinical Data
-Telemedicine and Telehealth

Optional
-Advanced Database
-Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
-E-Learning Applications Development
-Evidence Based Practice
-Health Disciplines Project
-Health Informatics Project
-Health Technology and Innovation
-Interaction Design
-Leadership in Practice
-Learner Centred Design
-Medical Emergencies and Human Error, Managing Risk, Improving Services
-Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
-Programming and Program Design
-Software Development Tools and Methods
-Web Scripting and Application Development

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Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?. In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. Read more
Are you interested in understanding how using data can drive decision making and policy in public health?

In many ways, public health has been at the forefront of ‘big data’ as it touches every aspect of our life course. From birth to death, our lifestyle choices, our social and physical infrastructure and even the weather.

Staffordshire University’s Master of Public Health (Health Informatics) is an opportunity for you to gain deep and up-to-date insights into the ways that health information influences health and social care, using leading distance learning methods. This award has been carefully designed to enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, from practitioner to academic roles.

Through this course, you will learn how to correctly interpret data, looking at topics such as:
-Statistical approaches
-Effectively visualising data
-Geographical Information Systems
-Concepts of ‘big data’ including data linkage

Each module is delivered online through Blackboard VLE, providing you with truly flexible learning around your work commitments. You will receive a high level of support, enabling you to enhance your employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas.

Course content

A brief outline of the content of the modules that comprise the award is as follows:
-Epidemiology and Basic Statistics (15 credits)
-Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Health (15 credits)
-Public Health Principles and Practice (30 credits)
-Health Informatics and Use of Health Data (30 credits)
-Public Health Routine Data Sources and Data Manipulation (30 credits)
-Masters Dissertation (60 Credits)

All modules are core, and the whole Masters comprises 180 credits in total. More detail for each module appears below.

Employment opportunities

You may already be working in a public health organisation, but completion of this award will enhance employment opportunities in a variety of public health areas, including specialist, practitioner, academic or other roles.

Other admission requirements

We will also require two references, a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) and evidence of existing Higher Educational qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a minimum of:
-IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
OR
TOEFL 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)
OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B

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This course is ideal for graduates who love to work in a role that connects computing and biology, medicine, or healthcare, and have an analytical and inquisitive mind. Read more

This course is ideal for graduates who love to work in a role that connects computing and biology, medicine, or healthcare, and have an analytical and inquisitive mind.

Our school of School of Computing and Engineering has developed partnerships, such as Amazon allowing our students to gain vital industry skills in:

• integration with big data

• cloud computing

• cyber-security.

This course has been structured with the modern healthcare sector in mind, providing you with the opportunity to gain comprehensive ICT skills required by the sector.

Course detail

We aim to develop future leaders through increasing your knowledge and skills in:

• how to manage and analyse large scale, individual and personalised health data

• ethics and governance issues around health data

• big Data (statistical and machine-learning) methods

• the healthcare context, processes and environment

• clinical and biological problems

• healthcare system integration (HL7 messages)

• informatics project management/change management

• exposing you to a range of health information systems and technologies

Modules

  • Research Methods 
  • Supervised Research Project
  • Information Systems in Healthcare 
  • Knowledge Management 
  • Data Architecture 

Option modules

  • Leadership and Management Competence in Healthcare 
  • Information Systems in Healthcare 
  • HCI for Information Systems 
  • Data Management in Healthcare 
  • Programming Support 
  • Dissertation in Health Informatics 
  • Public Health Perspectives 
  • Measuring Public Health and Wellbeing 
  • Knowledge Management 

Career and study progression

This course will thoroughly prepare you for a wide range of careers as a health informatics or Bioinformatics practitioner in the public and private sectors, including:

• clinical informatics

• personalised Medicine

• clinical bioinformatics

• education and training

• health records and patient administrators

• information and communication technology

• information management

• libraries and knowledge management

• project and programme management.

On successful completion of this course you can pursue further study at MPhil and PhD level.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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USF’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program is focused on training the next generation of informaticists in the art and science of health data analytics. Read more

The Art and Science of Health Data Analytics

USF’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program is focused on training the next generation of informaticists in the art and science of health data analytics. Healthcare and technical professionals learn everything from the basics of programming to cutting-edge statistical and machine learning methods in interprofessional, project-based classrooms.

Two tracks are available for students to pursue. Students may follow a track, or take any combination of courses that best suit their goals:

• Health Data Analytics - for students who want advanced training in data science
• Clinical Informatics - for clinicians and executives who are preparing for leadership positions

We seek highly motivated students who have a passion for improving healthcare through the application of data science and information technology. Our ideal student will have either:

• Clinical background (e.g., MD, RN, DPT, PsyD, PharmD, Allied Health, other post-baccalaureate clinical degree, or equivalents)
• Science or Engineering background with an interest in healthcare
• Healthcare Executives, Health IT leaders, and others involved in healthcare that wish to gain broad and deep knowledge in Health Informatics.
• Strong academic background, passion for healthcare, and quantitative aptitude

Program Features

REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS IN THE CLASSROOM

Classroom projects engage interdisciplinary teams of students to tackle real-world problems from faculty research or industry partners.

PROGRAMMING AND DATA ANALYTICS SKILLS

All students, regardless of background, learn programming skills in the context of working with healthcare data.

ENTREPRENEURIAL PERSPECTIVE

Located in the epicenter of the global digital revolution, our program engages with the Silicon Valley startup community. Interested students are given startup mentoring opportunities.

INTERNSHIP AND PRACTICUM OPPORTUNITIES

Students are required to complete a Capstone Experience consisting of original research, substantial project in health and biomedical informatics, or an internship with industry partner. We provide support for students in finding their internships and projects.

ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING

Clinically trained students are able to take graduate level nursing courses that fully count toward an advanced nursing degree including Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at USF.

Job Outcomes

Our graduates are well-prepared for current and future challenges in this field. Importantly, our graduates have the technical skill to work with computer scientists and programmers, and a deep understanding of the healthcare environment to work with doctors, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals.

Our graduates have found opportunities in large hospitals or medical centers, research institutions, startups, government health agencies, and global health organizations. Positions have included Clinical Data Analyst, Director of Clinical Informatics Research, Statistical Analyst, Senior Programmer Analyst and Advanced Research or Clinical training (MD, DNP, PhD in Biomedical Informatics).

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About the course. This CILIP-accredited course is aimed at health care professionals who want to improve services in their sector by getting more out of information and communication technologies. Read more

About the course

This CILIP-accredited course is aimed at health care professionals who want to improve services in their sector by getting more out of information and communication technologies. It’s taught online so you can fit it around your work.

Alongside the more specialised knowledge, you’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can also help you develop leadership and management capabilities.

First year students take part in an online induction before the course starts. The rest of the course uses specialised software to deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials online, in real time. In the final year, you’ll complete a research dissertation, supervised by an academic.

Your career

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems.

The world needs graduates who are information literate.

Our graduates work for all kinds of organisations, in the public and private sectors. Employers include:

Adidas; BBC; British Red Cross; Cambridge University; The Department of Health; Ernst and Young; GCHQ; Goldman Sachs; Hewlett-Packard CDS; House of Commons Library; Imperial College London; IBM; Kings College London; NHS; Pepsico; Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Stanford University

If you’re already an experienced professional, you can develop new skills and advance your career with one of our Professional Enhancement Programmes.

Your subject

Our courses are research-led, which means you’ll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you’ll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

How we teach

All our courses (except our distance learning courses) include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory classes, group work, online discussion, case studies and lectures by visiting speakers. Our MA Librarianship course also includes visits to library and information service organisations. You’ll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.

Learning Environment

Our dedicated departmental teaching suite contains two networked laboratories with 60 computers and a 30-seat lecture room. Our state of the art iLab includes a Usability Lab and Digital Media Lab designed to collect research data into human–computer interaction.

The iSpace is an open plan, social learning area for students. It has display facilities, open-access PCs and bookable partitioned group work areas. There is Wi-Fi coverage throughout the department, and you can connect your own laptop to our network. Mobile devices and tables are available for you to borrow for project work.

We’re right in the middle of the campus and close to the Information Commons and the new Diamond building so you’ll be able to access the University’s many resources.

Core modules

  • Placing Electronic Records at the Centre of Care
  • Evidence-based Practice and Health Care Information
  • The Internet, Web and E-Health
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Information Systems in Health
  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Introduction to Telehealth and Telecare
  • Public Health; Informatics Leadership, Strategy and Change
  • Analysis of Health Information


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The programme offers an opportunity for professionals in health care and related disciplines to develop the knowledge, understanding and competencies necessary to function more effectively in addition to mastering the advanced use of information technology skills in health care settings. Read more

The programme offers an opportunity for professionals in health care and related disciplines to develop the knowledge, understanding and competencies necessary to function more effectively in addition to mastering the advanced use of information technology skills in health care settings.

Programme Aims

The programme is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It aims to equip health care professionals and students from health-related disciplines, information technology, engineering or related backgrounds with advanced information technology skills for health care settings. The course contents will address the needs of health care providers and allow for the introduction, re-orientation and/or conversion to a field that is of direct relevance to the student's place of employment.

Mode and Duration of Study

This is a credit-based mixed mode programme with a normal duration of study of 1 year for full-time study and 3 years for part-time study. The maximum duration of study is 6 years.

Programme Structure

Students need to complete 30 credits comprising 4 compulsory, 2 core and 1 elective subjects plus a dissertation (or students can choose another 3 core/elective subjects of the programme to replace the dissertation).

Taught Subjects

Compulsory subjects

  • Electronic Patient Records
  • Epistemology
  • Information Technology in Health Care
  • Professional Development in Health Informatics

Core subjects

  • Applied Biosignal Processing
  • Business Intelligence and Data Mining
  • Computer Programming for Healthcare
  • Data Mining and Data Warehousing Applications
  • Digital Imaging and PACS
  • Epidemiology
  • Intelligent Information Systems
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications
  • Project Management

Elective subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences
  • Database Systems and Management
  • Information Security: Technologies and Systems
  • Information System Development with Object-Oriented Methods
  • Internet Computing and Applications
  • Methods and Tools for Knowledge Management Systems
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Virtual Reality in Health Care

The list of elective subjects is not exhaustive. 

Dissertation

  • Dissertation


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Transform data to change lives. Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst and disseminator of critical health-related data. Read more

Transform data to change lives

Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst and disseminator of critical health-related data.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Massey’s Master of Analytics (Health) will equip you with the technical and critical thinking skills needed to transform data into information that can be used as evidence for making policy development and business decisions within health-related industries.

This programme has a unique focus on learning how to utilise a multi-system, multi-sector approach to answering national-level health and wellbeing questions.

In demand by employers

This programme has been developed in conjunction with the health industry. It reflects the internationally increased focus on the analysis of big health data.There is a huge amount of data being collected in the health sector, but a gap remains in the shortage of qualified people to analyse and turn this into meaningful information that can be used to improve our health services and outcomes. Your new skills will be highly sought-after by a wide range of employers.

Progress your career

You may come from an information technology /data science background and have found yourself in a role in the health sector. Or you may be in a health-related role (or have a health-related qualification), but wish to gain in-depth skills in analysis of data. This qualification will help you gain the competencies you need to progress your career.

What will you learn?

You will gain a thorough understanding of the nature of the wider health and social context in order to identify the most appropriate problem to address. Then how to develop public health research methodology that produces meaningful results for health professionals. You will hone your critical thinking skills and be able to independently develop health-related research programmes . You will be able to project manage data, from collection through to clearly conveying complex ideas or results to a non-professional audience.

Privacy of data is a high-profile issue, especially in the health sector. Fundamental to the research work expected of MAnalyt (Health) graduates is an expectation that they understand the wider legal and ethical systems in which public health operates.

Real-world learning

In order to identify the most appropriate technique and data to address a problem, you need to understand the real challenges and context which health organisations face. At Massey we ensure that your learning is firmly based in a real-world business context including an industry-driven research project.

Let our expertise, become yours

The importance Massey University places on health is reflected in its status as the only university in New Zealand with a dedicated College of Health. You will learn from nationally and internationally recognised health research experts.

Latest theory and relevant, practical learning

The Master of Analytics (Health) will cover fundamental data analysis tools, including data mining, statistics, and econometrics. You will then learn how these tools are applied in a business specialisation of your choosing: marketing, finance, or supply chain management. In the last phase of study you will complete an applied analytics project, where the knowledge and skills you have learnt will be utilised to address a real-world problem in collaboration with an organisation, in this case, in the health industry.

Complete in a year

This qualification is a 180-credit programme, so can be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. It consists of 120 credits of taught programmes and a 60 credit (six months full-time) Applied Analytics project.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Analytics will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

Careers

Internationally there is clear demand for people with specific health analytics skills. This is predicted to grow. 

Employment in the general workforce in New Zealand is predicted to grow by around 2% to 2018. Those in areas related directly to health analytics (e.g., ICT management, health services management, health analysts) are projected to grow by up to 5.3% and by 7.2% in Australia. 

In the US the number of jobs specifically seeking candidates with health analytics and informatics skills leapt 36% over 2007-2011.

Potential roles

After completing this qualification, potential roles include:

  • consultant
  • business analyst
  • investment specialist
  • customer insights officer
  • database analyst
  • business insight executive
  • supply management specialist.


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