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Health Informatics MSc/PGDip

Health Informatics MSc/PGDip

School of Health Sciences

Level

Post- graduate

Mode

Taught

Campus

Online Only

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University of Central Lancashire
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  • Duration:

    Part-time: Two years plus nine months for the dissertation

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    eLearning, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Online Only

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MSc/PGDip

Why study this programme?

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

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

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

Entry Requirements

The course team welcome applicants without the formal qualifications, and each application will be assessed individually through interview and evidence provided by the candidate.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

Typically:

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

Year 2

  • HI4002 Quantitative Methodology for Health and Social Research
  • HI4003 Qualitative Methodology for Health and Social Research

Plus one optional module from the list below:

  • HI4006 Information and Communication Technology for Health and Social Care
  • HI4007 Quality Assurance for Health and Social Care
  • HI4008 Comparative Study of National Health and Social Care Systems
  • HI4010 Knowledge-based Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

Year 3

  •  GP4990 Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

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

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

Core modules

  • HI4000 Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills
  • HI4001 Information and IT Concepts for Health and Social Care
  • HI4002 Quantitative Methodology for Health and Social Research
  • HI4003 Qualitative Methodology for Health and Social Research.

Optional modules

  • HI4004 Informatics for Health and Social Care
  • HI4006 Information and Communication Technology for Health and Social Care
  • HI4007 Quality Assurance for Health and Social Care
  • HI4008 Comparative Study of National Health and Social Care Systems
  • HI4010 Knowledge-based Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

Course Objectives

  1. To enable students to develop their knowledge of the role of information, information management and information technology within health and social care, through the provision of intellectually stimulating modules which develop and apply relevant concepts and theories to practice.
  2. To help students to develop the knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of health and social care.
  3. To encourage students to understand the role of information within their own organisations and work and to apply their theoretical understanding to evaluate practice and to bring about appropriate innovation and improvement in patient and client care.
  4. To enable students to develop and practice a range of skills appropriate to clinical and management roles and to develop their ability to communicate with information specialists within their organisations.
  5. To enable students to develop a range of information and research skills to enable them to initiate and carry out research leading to improvements in their own professional practise and in the quality of patient and client care.
  6. To enable students to develop a critical appraisal of current issues in health and social care informatics, research and development and to develop frameworks and problem solving strategies.
  7. To provide a learning experience which uses the diverse range of student experience and enables the integration of theory and practice.
  8. To enable students to develop their personal and professional interest in the use of information and information technology.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: TBC

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

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

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is available via eLearn.

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

Academic Expertise

Dr. Beverley Ellis

John Howard

Opportunities

Graduate careers include:

  • Knowledge management staff
  • Information management staff
  • Health informatics managers
  • Directors of services
  • Clinical informatics staff
  • Information and communication technology staff
  • Health records staff.

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