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Informatics for Healthcare Systems: Improving Skills for Patient Driven Healthcare

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Degree awarded
Short Course: 30 PGT credits
6 months
Entry requirements

The course is open to any persons who seek to develop their health informatics knowledge and work in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or academic sectors that hold an undergraduate degree (at least 2.2) or demonstrate extensive high-level work-related experience

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible we recommend you read the below guidance.

We recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment as places can fill quickly. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2015 .

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact if you have problems.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two professional references on letter headed paper, signed and dated within 6 months of your application. Unfortunately we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.
  • Official academic certificates and transcripts of all your current and previous studies (with fully certified translations by a professional translator if not in English)
  • Personal statement detailing a recent piece of health informatics work for which you have been responsible, in particular, how this has improved clinical care and how you might have done things differently on reflection
  • Curriculum Vitae including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or can be sent directly to .

Your application cannot be considered until all your supporting documents are supplied.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The role of informatics in managing healthcare systems is explored, with an emphasis on current issues and future innovations and trends. The course is led by health problems rather than technologies or organisations, setting the direction of translational thinking that healthcare managers need to take when dealing with information and communications technologies.

Through our own research-driven examples and case-studies, attendees will be provided with the skills and concepts in order to address the core issues in delivering and managing healthcare systems for the information use.

The course sets core issues (see: Core Issues in Health Informatics (PDF268KB)) surrounding the data, technologies, information and people in the context of the journey from the maintenance of wellbeing to specialist healthcare for an individual, and the creation of a population-wide picture of health to enable well-informed management of a whole system - see: Patient pathways (PDF, 266KB).

Each course unit will examine a core issue in detail at every stage of the Pathway in context with other core issues and skills, and will consider its impact on the information usage. It is anticipated that each issue will have a greater emphasis at certain stages of the Pathway, and this will be reflected in the health-problem orientated case-studies to be used. For further information see: HeRC: Training and Development.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,000
    International students: £2,000
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,000
    International students: £2,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Reece Plunkett
+44(0)161 306 5438
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