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MSc Health Informatics (Distance Learning)

Course Description

About the course

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

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

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

Your career

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

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

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

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

Your subject

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

How we teach

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

Learning Environment

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

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

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

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

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

Visit the MSc Health Informatics (Distance Learning) page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are flexible. You’ll need a combination of an honours degree in a science, technology, medical or health subject, experience in using computer systems, and work experience in the health sector. If you don’t have a degree but you have a lot of relevant work experience, you could apply to take the certificate or the diploma. If you make good progress, you could go on to the full MSc. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

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