Health Informatics Cert

Health Informatics Cert

The Certificate in Health Informatics is a distance learning course, available via eLearning and is recognised as contributing to UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) continuing professional development.

Health Informatics is designed to provide a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification. Handling information and evidence effectively is necessary for all working in health and social care domains, and this postgraduate course provides such key skills.

Health Informatics addresses a wide range of operational care and management perspectives, illustrates principles applicable right across the health sector and takes theory into practice. It is ideal for demonstrating your competence in informatics to support the care domain and could contribute towards meeting your continuing professional development goals.

Entry and Admissions


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Online (no attendance)

COURSE LENGTH: One semester

SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Online Only

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

Applications are welcome from individuals with limited educational experience but who have relevant work / life experience. The course will be of interest to those who have the intention of further developing their careers and can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from study at this level.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

The course consists of one module selected from three options covering HI4001 Information and IT Concepts, HI4004 Informatics for Health and Social Care or HI4000 Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills, grounded upon your work-based experiences.

Course Objectives

  • To enable students to gain knowledge of the role of informatics across the care domain and to be able to apply it to local work-based situations.
  • To enable students to develop a critical understanding of current issues in health informatics from operational, management and service provider perspectives and to be able to apply appropriate problem-solving strategies to opportunities and challenges that they may face.
  • To facilitate students' understanding of information use in their own organisations and work areas, and encourage them to evaluate, to critically appraise situations and take actions to innovate and improve local situations.
  • To enable students to develop their personal and professional interest in the deployment of informatics in the care domain for delivery and management purposes.
  • To provide a learning experience that is underpinned by the previous personal vocational activities of each student and enables the integration of theory and practice.

Course at a Glance

Year 1
To obtain a Certificate in Health Research Methods a student must complete one module from either:-

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

Learning Environment & Assessment

The course is available via eLearn.

Assessment is through coursework. A variety of coursework is undertaken including short papers, oral presentations, and electronic presentations.

Industry links & professional accreditation

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.


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

How to Apply

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. +44 (0)1772 892400

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839