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Course content

This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

The term eHealth describes a diverse field concerned with the application of ICT to support the organisation and delivery of healthcare services and to enable citizens to manage their own health and wellness.

eHealth has become a priority area for the international healthcare sector and is attracting considerable global investment. This interdisciplinary programme introduces eHealth in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

It is aimed at a wide audience, including health professionals, policymakers, NGOs, researchers, eHealth vendors and ICT practitioners. The programme is unique in addressing the topic from a truly international perspective, including a consideration of low and medium income economies.

Online learning

Our online learning environment is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with classmates and tutors from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Global eHealth
  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • The Ethics and Governance of eHealth
  • Telemedicine and Telehealth
  • The Business of eHealth
  • mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings
  • Global Health Challenges
  • User-centred Design
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Project Management

In the final phase of the programme students are be assessed on the basis of a structured research dissertation, based on a piece of original empirical research using a range of methods suited to the technology context and questions under investigation.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses from the list of courses below over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Learning outcomes

The programme is focused on eHealth applications, delivery, research and policy and does not provide training in technical aspects of software design.

Career opportunities

  • Academic and commercial research in eHealth
  • eHealth industry - design, development
  • Aid agencies/NGOs - eHealth deployments and evaluation
  • Governments and health providers - eHealth policy and management
  • International Agencies - eHealth policy, analysis, delivery

Visit the Global eHealth (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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