Taught course

Health Informatics (Distance Learning)

Institution
University of Sheffield · Information School
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

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

You will be taught via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and specialised distance-learning software, which delivers lectures, seminars and tutorials online in real-time. You’ll be assessed using a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects and a research-based dissertation.

Core modules

  • Analysis of Health Information
  • 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

  • Public Health; Informatics
  • Leadership, Strategy and Change

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
36 PT months

PGDip

distance learning
24 PT months

PGCert

distance learning
12 PT months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
ispgt@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 2646