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Health Informatics

3 Years
January 2024
Distance Learning

Through our specialist qualification in health informatics, you'll study the interaction between people and information systems. Develop your professional practice and personal interest in the use of information and information technology to support the delivery of outstanding health and social care.

Why study with us

  • The Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and the Key Skills Framework inform the learning outcomes of this course.
  • Core modules are in health informatics, research methods, study skills, with optional modules and a dissertation.
  • The course is delivered by e-learning, so you can continue working while you study.

What you'll do

  • You’ll be encouraged to understand the role of information in your job and organisation and use your theoretical understanding to bring about innovation and improvements.
  • You’ll improve your ability to communicate with information specialists within your organisation and in the wider Informatics field.
  • As part of the course you may initiate and carry out research that will lead to improvements in your professional practice.

Module overview

Compulsory and optional modules will vary depending on the exit award.

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • HI4000: Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills
  • HI4001: IT for Health Research
  • HI4002: Quantitative Methodology for Health Research
  • HI4003: Qualitative Methodology for Health Research
  • HI4990: Dissertation
Optional modules
  • HI4004: Informatics for Health and Social Care
  • HI4006: Information & Communication Technology for Care
  • HI4007: Quality Assurance for Health Care
  • HI4010: Knowledge-Based Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care

HI4000: Postgraduate and Professional Study Skills

On this module you'll develop your knowledge and skills for your studies in a workplace context. You'll learn basic IT skills and project management expertise within academic and professional roles. You'll also develop your problem-solving techniques and understand how to search for knowledge on a given topic.

Course delivery

This is a distance learning course which is taught entirely online with no face-to-face teaching.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

James Hill
Senior Research Fellow

James undertakes research as part of the Health Technology Assessment Group, with specific expertise in evidence synthesis methods and evidence synthesis dissemination. His research has led to collaboration across multiple NHS, local and regional council and third practice sector...

Jane Fitzgerald
Lecturer in Health Informatics
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Jane is a member of the School of Health, Social Work and Sport and teaches across a number of health informatics, nursing and paramedic modules. she is particularly interested in the development and use of digital technology for learning and teaching. Jane is also Vice-Chair o...

This course contributes to the Health Informatics National Occupational Standards and Key Skills Framework. 

Future careers

Our graduates go on to jobs in knowledge and information management and clinical informatics. Roles include health informatics managers, directors of services, information and communication technology workers and health records staff.

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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