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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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The role of informatics in managing healthcare systems is explored, with an emphasis on current issues and future innovations and trends. Read more
The role of informatics in managing healthcare systems is explored, with an emphasis on current issues and future innovations and trends. The course is led by health problems rather than technologies or organisations, setting the direction of translational thinking that healthcare managers need to take when dealing with information and communications technologies.

Through our own research-driven examples and case-studies, attendees will be provided with the skills and concepts in order to address the core issues in delivering and managing healthcare systems for the information use.

The course sets core issues surrounding the data, technologies, information and people in the context of the journey from the maintenance of wellbeing to specialist healthcare for an individual, and the creation of a population-wide picture of health to enable well-informed management of a whole system.

Each course unit will examine a core issue in detail at every stage of the Pathway in context with other core issues and skills, and will consider its impact on the information usage. It is anticipated that each issue will have a greater emphasis at certain stages of the Pathway, and this will be reflected in the health-problem orientated case-studies to be used.

Aims

The course aims are to:
-Look at each of the core issues in relation to the requirements of the information systems, and the use of information at each stage in the Pathway together with its impact on the remainder of the Pathway
-Provide the attendees with the key skills required to develop and manage healthcare systems in the new and changing health economy. It will address the agenda of the Information Revolution, where the patient is at the centre of the healthcare system
-Emphasise the importance and role of information in patient-driven healthcare
-Embed key principles and concepts whilst developing their practical application

Teaching and learning

The course will consist of an engaging blend of lectures, exercises, discussions and case studies designed to put theory into practice.

The enquiry-based learning approach will encourage discussion and debate allowing individuals to actively share knowledge. Face-to-face time will provide individuals with immediate access to experts and a forum for the informatics workforce to network and to exchange experiences and knowledge.

This will allow individual specialists to develop wider awareness of the overall health informatics and Pathway context, and provide a basis for greater collaboration.

In addition, online material relating to each unit of the course will allow individuals to review material in their own time and reflect upon the learning and how it can be applied in their own organisation. Material will also be provided as pre-unit preparation and also for learning reflection.

Both reflective and preparatory material will allow attendees the opportunity to consolidate and advance their learning in ways that suit them on an individual basis.

For those attending more than one unit, online material will enable a coherent linking of subject matter covered during units. It will also serve to allow direct application of knowledge and skills in the workplace thus providing real-time enhancements to attendees working experience and outputs.

Access to the online material will remain available to assist in on-going consolidation of knowledge and skills.

Accrediting organisations

UKCHIP accredited.

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Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. Read more

"Ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care"

Developed by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, along with Warwick Medical School and National Health Service (NHS) partners from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and University Hospitals Birmingham,. This part-time MSc programme will provide a foundation for future health service management, with the essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, processes, systems and technologies to ensure the delivery of consistent high quality person-centric care.

Why Enrol?

As the service landscape around the delivery of care evolves, so will the jobs of those who oversee healthcare operational management. Managers in the sector will face unique challenges on the best ways to manage care while providing a diverse range of services. This will require a broad-based set of skills that can manage services successfully and efficiently while ensuring they are of the highest quality. An education in healthcare operational management will equip you with the skills required for working within key parts of the sector including direct healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry.

This programme is tailored to suit the needs of both clinicians and non-clinicians, as they seek to understand demands on the organisation and identify key tasks and best practice in an evolving and complex service environment.

You may already lead teams and have managerial responsibilities in your current job, or you may be looking to develop a career in healthcare management. This course will enable you to effectively lead complex change within your organisation.

Who is it for?

- UK or overseas based professionals
- Clinicians wishing to develop a career in healthcare operational management
- Healthcare managers looking to build on their existing knowledge and skills
- Biomedical or Clinical Engineers, Medical Physicists, or Healthcare Technologists wishing to integrate health care technologies within complex service systems
- Graduates interested in careers as Managers, Directors and Healthcare Analysts within healthcare organizations
- Those pursuing a PhD or research career in e-Health, health or medical information

Modules

Core Modules

- Leading Change
- Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
- Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement

Elective Modules
You may select seven out of the following electives:

- e-Health Technologies and Informatics
- Use of Electronic Health Records
- Resource Management in Healthcare Service Delivery
- Patient Co-production in Healthcare Decision Making
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Health Economics
- Medical Ethics and Governance
- Evidence-based Healthcare
- Global Health Systems

Learning Outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills required by healthcare providers, commissioner organisations, policy agencies, and industry such as:

- A clear understanding of the strategies required to deliver services within an ever changing and evolving healthcare environment
- Tools to explore, develop, and implement necessary plans to deliver those strategies such as capacity, workforce, and quality
- The ability to understand and implement systems and processes that deliver improved effectiveness and efficiency of care
- Skills to manage complex workforce scenarios, service redesign, and evaluation of services
- The ability to engage with patients, their families, and carers to meet care expectations
- An understanding of ethics and regulatory affairs

“This MSc is a timely development to fill a widening skills gap. The role of operational management in healthcare has never been so complex. Colleagues need to juggle the immediate priorities of improving the quality of care for patients and maintain clinically appropriate waiting times against a backdrop of increasing demand and, in real terms, reduced resources. This MSc seeks to complement the generic skills gained through education or experience with the higher level skills required to succeed in one of the fastest moving industries in the world.”
Tim Jones
Executive Director of Delivery, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

“I am delighted to be a Director of the MSc in Healthcare Operational Management at WMG. As a senior clinician and medical manager, I recognise the need for training clinical and non-clinical staff in healthcare operational management. This MSc will provide an understanding of theoretical concepts and enable development of strategies to overcome the challenges we face in the NHS today”.
Professor Meghana Pandit. FRCOG, MBA
Chief Medical Officer & Deputy CEO, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

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The longest established MSc in Health Informatics in Europe, focusing on cutting-edge skills for delivering informatics-led healthcare. Read more
The longest established MSc in Health Informatics in Europe, focusing on cutting-edge skills for delivering informatics-led healthcare.

Who is it for?

This course is for health professionals who wish to enhance their careers with an informatics qualification, and 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.

You will have a keen interest in developing high-quality and sustainable healthcare through the application of informatics solutions and a desire to be part of the newest and fastest growing specialty in health care.

Objectives

The Health Informatics MSc at City University London aims to develop future leaders in the field who will transform healthcare with informatics-led approaches.

High-quality teaching is a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including EHR systems, clinical data analytics, mobile technology and telemedicine. University teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry and you will also benefit from City University's central location close to many hospitals. Further, you will be part of a highly multi-professional and strongly international cohort bringing together multiple points of view on national and international computerized healthcare initiatives.

Health Informatics at City University London is the only such MSc in the UK to be accredited by the British Computer Science Society.

Academic facilities

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered in small classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technologies. The University’s computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies.

Teaching and learning

High-quality teaching is delivered by research-active academic experts in Health Informatics from City University London. Furthermore university teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry.

Teaching is a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including EHR systems, clinical data analytics, mobile technology and telemedicine. You will also undertake an independent research project.

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

Taught modules are generally assessed through a combination of coursework and examination where coursework is worth 30% of the final mark and the examination contributes 70%. Some elective modules are 100% coursework based (e.g. Information Architecture and Project Management). See the full programme specification for details.

The taught component of the MSc is worth 66.67% (eight 15-credit modules) and the independent research project is worth 33.33% (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of eight modules and the independent research project, you will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

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
-Clinical Records
-Data Analysis with Healthcare
-Information for Decisions in Healthcare
-Knowledge Management in Healthcare
-Telemedicine
-Research, Methods and Professional Issues

Taught Elective Modules - choose two options from the following:
-Databases
-Information Architecture
-Project Management
-Programming with Java
-Practices and Theories in Interaction Design

Career prospects

Graduates pursue successful careers in the health service (both state and private sectors in the UK and overseas), and in related healthcare industries such as Electronic Health Record providers.

Specifically graduates have pursued roles such as application analysts, IT project managers, data and taxonomy managers, digital transformation leads, PACS & RIS managers and research informatics programme managers. Other graduates have successfully completed PhD degrees.

The course has a successful track record of producing more than 350 employable graduates over the past 20 years.

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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.

Degree information

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
-Shared Care and Electronic Health Records
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making
-eHealth: Patients and the Internet
-Information Law and Governance in Clinical Practice
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
-Using Information in Healthcare Management
-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.

Careers

Health Informatics is a subject of growing importance, with exciting career development prospects for clinicians, managers, administrators and technologists.

Destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
-Cancer Partners UK, IT Director
-CM Chemicals, Product Specialist
-NHS, Data Manager

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Infomation Analyst, NHS Royal Marsden Hospital
-Senior Clinical Analyst, Harris Corporation
-Deputy Information Manager, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
-Project Manager, Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
-Implementation Consultant / Projec Manager, Stalis

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.

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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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This course has been designed to fulfil the specific needs and requirements of those interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. Read more

This course has been designed to fulfil the specific needs and requirements of those interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. The MSc in Healthcare Operational Management is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds within engineering, business, and sciences. Whilst no previous healthcare background is required, the course will appeal to clinically qualified students looking to move into health systems modelling, e-health, health or medical informatics.

We will provide you with

The skills and knowledge to assess organisational performance and drive the development and implementation of innovation in healthcare organisations in order to facilitate improvement. You will learn to evaluate effective programme components and systems, and gain a detailed understanding of quality systems management and the integration of healthcare technologies, systems, and processes within complex service systems. Healthcare organisations share commonalities with production facilities, including the need for efficient process flow, change management, and quality standards. As a student you will explore the principles, approaches, strategies, and techniques for analysing, designing, and managing complex healthcare systems. You will learn to measure efficiency and improve effectiveness and productivity without compromising quality or safety.

Course Structure

The course is modular - each student takes a combination of core and elective modules. 8 modules are studied and assessed in total. Modules consist of directed tuition in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, case studies and e-learning. Modules are assessed by Post Module Assignment. A major individual research project also forms part of the MSc. It is submitted in the form of a dissertation This should take approximately 600 hours of study time. An oral examination is held upon completion.

Core modules

  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
  • Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement
  • Introduction to Health informatics
  • Electronic Healthcare Records
  • Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Resource Management in Healthcare Service Delivery

Please note: Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick, so it is therefore very important that you check the website for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer.

Project

The project will relate to issues of quality and productivity in the healthcare context and supports you in developing your research and analytical skills. Through your project you can focus on an aspect of particular interest to you – some examples are listed below:

  • Implementing innovation in hospital care
  • Improving service design through the use of informatics
  • Service design for quality improvement
  • Improving service delivery through use of technology
  • Cost-effective service design

After You Graduate

As a graduate of Healthcare Operational Management, you can expect to work in a managerial or organisational leadership role within health service organisations or institutions. With additional experience, you would expect to progress into a key executive role in the healthcare sector, which would involve leading and overseeing programmes and policy.



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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

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

Optional:
• Leadership and Management Competence in Healthcare
• Programming
• Information System Project Management
• Public Health Perspectives
• Measuring Public Health and Wellbeing
• HCI for Information Systems.

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: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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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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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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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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Research profile. At the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA) we enable computer systems to reproduce or complement human abilities, work with people, and support collaboration between humans. Read more

Research profile

At the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA) we enable computer systems to reproduce or complement human abilities, work with people, and support collaboration between humans. We conduct world-leading research in the foundations of Artificial Intelligence (knowledge representation and reasoning, emergence of meaning, theory and ontology change, creativity, mathematical proof) and in intelligent collaborative systems (multiagent systems, social computation, scientific collaboration platforms, web semantics and linked data).

Our research methods are inspired by developing formal models of knowledge, reasoning, and interaction that can be used to understand and automate aspects of human intelligence, but are also understandable and usable to the human designers and users of AI systems.

To achieve this, we combine theoretical research into computational models, architectures, and algorithms with a strong element of applied research. This has led to a strong track record in using our methods to address real-world problems in healthcare, scientific collaboration, social computing, emergency systems, transportation, engineering, aerospace and others.

You'll find a wide range of research areas within CISA conducted in the four research groups the Institute currently hosts:

  • Agents and Multiagent Systems
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Planning & Activity Management
  • Data-Intensive Research

CISA includes one of the most innovative collaborations between research and business - our Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI). Through its resources and the engagement of CISA staff and students in consultancy, training and joint projects, we help companies and government agencies to apply newly researched techniques.

Training and support

You will carry out research work within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. You may also attend taught courses that are relevant to your research topic, as prescribed by your supervisor. You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups. Periodic reviews of progress are conducted to assist with research planning.

A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.

The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The School is deploying a range of strategies to help female staff and students of all stages in their careers and we seek regular feedback from our research community on our performance.

Facilities

The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It houses more than 400 research staff and students, providing office, meeting and social spaces.

It also contains two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a full recording studio amongst other research facilities. Its spectacular atrium plays host to many events, from industry showcases and student hackathons to major research conferences.

Nearby teaching facilities include computer and teaching labs with more than 250 machines, 24-hour access to IT facilities for students, and comprehensive support provided by dedicated computing staff.

Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up in 2008 to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.

Career opportunities

While your research studies are a perfect route to a career in academia, your degree could also take you into the commercial world of applied AI and collaborative systems.

Software developers using AI technologies are among those who rely on the insights of our research. NASA and animation company Pixar are just two of the organisations that have recently employed our graduates.



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Our. MSc International Health Management. is a unique one year programme which provides the essential skills to springboard you into a management career in the global healthcare sector. Read more

Our MSc International Health Management is a unique one year programme which provides the essential skills to springboard you into a management career in the global healthcare sector.

The programme combines business-focused teaching with cutting-edge research and gives you the chance to learn from internationally recognised faculty at the forefront of health management research. The programme is specifically designed to give you an overview of the UK health system and its application in a global context.

The programme

During the programme you will study a selection of taught modules, providing you with a solid knowledge base in each subject area. Initially the focus is on the principles of management, moving increasingly towards a focus on healthcare. Core modules include:

• Accounting

• Contemporary Topics in Health Policy

• Health Economics

• Health Informatics

• Health Systems, Policy and Financing

• Management Challenges of Healthcare Organisations

• Managing Change and Innovation in Healthcare

• Organisational Behaviour

• Global Business Strategy for Healthcare Professionals

In the final part of the programme you will consolidate and apply your understanding of the material learnt so far, choosing specific aspects to pursue in greater depth. You will study Entrepreneurship and use this as a basis for the Business Plan Competition, where you will develop a new healthcare business opportunity into a fully‑fledged proposal to pitch to investors.

The Healthcare Sector Project is an exciting module where you will manage a complex and challenging consulting project in the healthcare sector, enhancing your managerial potential by applying knowledge and skills gained across the whole programme.

The final piece of assessment, the Healthcare Report, comprises a 5,000 word report on a relevant healthcare topic of your choice.



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This course provides specialist expertise in core neuroinformatics (such as computing and biology) focusing on the development of research skills. Read more
This course provides specialist expertise in core neuroinformatics (such as computing and biology) focusing on the development of research skills. It equips you with the skills to contribute to biologically realistic simulations of neural activity and developments. These are rapidly becoming the key focus of neuroinformatics research.

Newcastle is among the pioneers of neuroinformatics in the UK and hosted the £4m EPSRC-funded CARMEN project for managing and processing electrophysiology data. We are currently involved in a £10m EPSRC/Wellcome Trust-funded project. This is on implantable devices for epilepsy patients. We use computer simulations to inform about the stimulation location and protocol.

As the amount of data in the neurosciences increases, new tools for data storage and management are needed. These tools include cloud computing and workflows, as well as better descriptions of neuroscience data. Available data can inform computer simulations of neural dynamics and development. Parallel computing and new algorithms are needed in order to run large-scale simulations. There is high demand within academia as well as within industry involving healthcare informatics, brain-inspired computing, and brain-inspired hardware architectures.

The course is designed for students who have a good degree in the biological sciences (including medicine) or the physical sciences (computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering).

You will gain foundational skills in bioinformatics together with specialist skills such as computing programming, mathematics and molecular biology with a significant focus on the development of research skills.

We provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience that is essential for understanding neuroinformatics. The course draws together the highly-rated teaching and research expertise of our Schools of Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biosciences and The Institute of Neuroscience. We also have strong links with the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF).

Research is a large component of this course. The emphasis is on delivering the research training you will need in the future to effectively meet the demands of industry and academia. Newcastle's research in life sciences, computing and mathematics is internationally recognised.

The teaching staff are successful researchers in their field and publish regularly in highly-ranked systems neuroinformatics journals. Find out more about the neuroinformatics community at Newcastle University.

Graduates of this course may want to apply for PhD studies at the School of Computing Science. In the past, all graduates have continued their career as PhD students either at Newcastle University or elsewhere.

Our experienced and friendly staff are on hand to help you. You gain the experience of working in a team in an environment with the help, support and friendship of fellow students.

Project work

Your five month research project gives you real research experience in neuroinformatics. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a leading research team in the School and there are opportunities to work on industry lead projects. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of the faculty, supported with supervision from associated senior researchers and industry partners as required.

The project can be carried out:
-With a research group at Newcastle University
-With an industrial sponsor
-With a research institute
-At your place of work

Delivery

The course is based in the School of Computing Science and taught jointly with the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Biology, and the institutes of Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Genetic Medicine and Neuroscience.

We cater for students with a range of backgrounds, including Life Sciences, Computing Science, Mathematics and Engineering. Half of the course is taught and the remainder is dedicated to a research project. Our course structure is highly flexible. You can tailor your degree to your own skills and interests.

Semester one contains modules to build the basic grounding in, and understanding of, neuroinformatics theory and applications, together with necessary computational and numeric understanding to undertake more specialist modules next semester. Training in mathematics and statistics is also provided. Some of these modules are examined in January at the end of semester one.

Semester two begins with two modules that focus heavily on introducing subject-specific research skills. These two modules run sequentially, in a short but intensive mode that allows you time to focus on a single topic in depth. In the first semester two module, you will focus on learning about modelling of biochemical systems - essential material for understanding neural systems at a molecular level. The second module is selected from a number of options. There are up to four modules to choose from, allowing you to tailor the research training component of your degree to your preferences.

Accreditation

We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

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Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Read more
Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a student advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice

Optional modules - choose three from the following:
-Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
-Information Law and Governance
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
-Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare
-Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.

Careers

The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Employability
Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

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