Our six-month Informatics for Healthcare Systems CPD course explores the role of informatics in managing healthcare systems, 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, you will be provided with the skills and concepts needed to address the core issues in delivering and managing healthcare systems through informatics.
These include topics surrounding data, technologies, information and people in the context of the journey from the maintenance of wellbeing to specialist healthcare for individuals, 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 patient pathway in context with other core issues and skills, and will consider its impact on the information usage.
This course is open to anyone who looking to develop their health informatics knowledge and work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or academic sectors.
We aim to:
This course uses an engaging blend of lectures, exercises, discussions and case studies designed to put theory into practice.
Our enquiry-based learning approach will encourage discussion and debate, enabling you to actively share knowledge with other students. Face-to-face time will provide you with immediate access to experts and a forum for the informatics workforce to network and to exchange experiences and knowledge.
This will allow you to develop wider awareness of the overall health informatics and patient pathway context, and provide a basis for greater collaboration.
Online material relating to each unit will allow you to review material in your own time and reflect upon your learning and how it can be applied in your own organisation. Material will also be provided as pre-unit preparation and for learning reflection.
Both reflective and preparatory material will enable you to consolidate and advance your learning in ways that suit you on an individual basis.
For those attending more than one unit, online material will connect the subject matter covered during each unit. It will also allow you to directly apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace, enabling you to enhance your practical experience.
Access to the online material will remain available to assist in ongoing consolidation of knowledge and skills.
The course is delivered across seven face-to-face contact days, divided into one block of three days and two blocks of two days. Each block is then interspersed with e-learning content for reflection and preparation. Each unit will have one face-to-face day, except Unit 6, which will comprise two face-to-face days.
This course has been developed in conjunction with the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, the North West Informatics Skills Development Network, and discussions with clinicians and other members in the NHS and industry. In addition, key competencies have been highlighted using the Health Careers Framework.
"During the course I have had the opportunity to look at current practices from a more objective standpoint (rather than being caught up with doing it) and hear perspectives from colleagues in other settings. I have a better and broader understanding of issues across the healthcare system and hopefully will be able to apply some of the academic ways of looking at things going forward."
Robert Konstant-Hambling, Head of Information, North West Specialised Commissioning
"The course has been beneficial to me in a number of areas, in particular it has forced me to investigate above and beyond NHS and DoH literature and see things from a different perspective. I always have good intentions of investigating and reading to improve knowledge and understanding for my work area but find time restricting and seldom have chance to read beyond the high priority documents. I have found the course and networking with NHS staff of a similar level and responsibilities, in this environment, extremely useful in challenging existing knowledge and forcing me to stretch myself."
Erica Fairweather, System Support Manager, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
"The course has enabled me to interact with the rest of the health economy on a more informed basis thereby benefitting both the health economy as a whole and influencing better patient care through the delivery of cohesive systems."
Paul Lucock, Associate Director ICT Delivery, Northwest Ambulance NHS Trust
Computers will be available during the face-to-face sessions held on campus at the University. We offer extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Information technology continues to play a key role in enhancing patient care. Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization places you at the forefront of technological innovation in healthcare.
The American Nurses Association defines nursing informatics as “a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice.” Graduates of this specialization will be able to integrate data, information and knowledge to support patients, nurses and other caregivers in their decision making in all roles and settings.
Quality care depends on effective communication among healthcare providers, and nursing informatics is becoming increasingly important in how that care is provided. Since healthcare providers communicate primarily through documentation, nurse informaticists seek to improve the speed and accuracy of patient charting through the use of technology, allowing for better decision making regarding patient care. Fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment.
This specialization is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for the Nurse Informatics board certification exam. Certification improves nurse informaticist marketability as most employers seek to hire board-certified informatics professionals.
Nurse Informatics professionals work in hospitals, healthcare organizations, universities, consulting firms, or corporations that develop and market healthcare information systems.
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN Nursing Informatics specialization can help position you for roles such as:
Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.
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.
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.
*Full-time MSc students have option to share Data Science for Research in Health & Biomedicine modules
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
• 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.
Our MSc in Bioinformatics is a unique and exciting course. It bridges the interface between genomics, computing and healthcare. Students develop skills and competence to effectively analyse, interpret and use the vast amounts of the biological data generated by modern high-throughput technologies such as genome sequencing, next-generation sequencing and microarray expression technology to support and improve health care and health outcomes.
The course provides flexible full-time or part-time learning opportunities to develop your career in Bioinformatics. In the context of ethico-legal, social impact and healthcare the MSc in Bioinformatics course is designed to expose you to the skills, strategies, uses, analysis, interpretation, dissemination of genomics data.
The course covers principles, statistical, computing, knowledge management, skills and the technical know-how for analysing genetics and genomics data, and the underlying health and associations between gene variants, disease susceptibility and drug response.
This course provides you with the practical knowledge and skills to bridge the computo-healthcare interface in the context of genomics and bioinformatics.
We welcome students and professionals from a range of academic and employment backgrounds, including:
This course is ideal for graduates who desire to work in a role that integrates computing, biomedical science, medicine and healthcare to prevent diseases and illness, enhance treatment interventions and improve on quality of life.
Plus one optional module from:
NB: Optional Module availability is subject to cohort viable numbers
Our MSc Bioinformatics is aligned with workforce development needs in industry, healthcare, public research establishments and university research. Therefore our students follow careers in:
On successful completion of this course you can pursue further study at MPhil and PhD level. See our Research and enterprise page to find out more.
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Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.