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Course overview

Health informatics is the application of analytics and reporting to health-related data, and using that to provide key staff with essential information at the right time. It offers excellent career prospects and is a rapidly growing area within health and social care which blends the application of computer technologies combined with in-depth knowledge of the health service environment.

Experts in health informatics play a major role in providing essential information to health professionals. You study a range of subjects that develop your employment potential within the health and social care sector, along with developing your professional and research skills. Careers range from the analysis of treatment data to improve patient outcomes, to using data from patient appointments to streamline the appointments process and improve patient experience.

This course has been designed with input and advice from health service professionals, and provides you with the skills you need to follow a career in health informatics. It develops your technical skills, specifically around data management, analysis and interpretation. Our multidisciplinary team is drawn from both computing and health disciplines and is here to help you develop the specific blend of technical skills and health service knowledge required to work in this field.

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Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Computer and Mobile Technologies

You are introduced to the theory behind the evolution of digital devices, both general-purpose and specialist, such as mobile devices and games consoles. You also consider the influence of mobile devices on wider issues such as social behaviour.

You then explore the construction of digital systems starting with binary first and culminating with the architecture of a complete computer system, including processor, buses and memory.

Lab work includes the use of hardware simulation software, and an introduction to a hardware platform for developing specialist applications.

Health Informatics and the Context of Healthcare

During this module you begin to gain the skills to enable you to inform healthcare practice through the analysis of the broader socio-economic determinants of health.

Introduction to Health Informatics

You learn to understand the importance and relevance of health informatics in health care organisations. You examine how information systems are identified, designed, implemented and managed, and explore the impact that information systems have on those working in health care organisations. You also learn how to reflect on the personal and professional skills required to work in a health care environment.

Rapid Development Tools

You study the concept of rapid development applications. You gain experience of analysing, designing and building web-database applications using a tools-driven approach. A range of rapid development tools will be explored, such as Mendix, Microsoft LightSwitch, Zoho Creator, and one of these is taught in depth.

As part of your studies, you develop an application using the taught rapid development tool.

Skills for learning

In this module you develop a range of academic, IT and study skills that prepare you for study within Higher Education. You gain knowledge, skills and behaviours that increase your personal effectiveness and enable you to take a proactive approach to the management of yourself and your studies.

Systems Design and Databases

Successful, robust and user-friendly systems or applications begin with a requirements analysis and detailed design. You are introduced to the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design, enabling you to break down and simplify complex systems and represent them visually using industry-standard approaches such as Unified Modelling Language (UML). In industry, the resulting models are used to communicate designs to developers and stakeholders prior to implementation.

You learn to design and implement fully normalised relational databases as part of an information system. Using data modelling techniques you define how the system stores data and interacts with it. You implement your design using Structured Query Language (SQL): Data Definition Language for creating tables, and Data Manipulation Language for accessing the data.

You develop professional practice and transferrable skills essential for industry, including project management."

 

Year 2 core modules

Health Informatics: Project Proposal

You gain the essential skills required to develop a proposal for a health informatics improvement project.

Information Management in Health Informatics

During this module you build on your learning in the first year and further your knowledge and understanding of the healthcare environment and the major information processing applications and software used within that setting.

Information Systems Security

A range of issues in computer security and information security are considered in this module, including access control, technologies used to implement security measures, models of security and cryptography, management of security issues and the design of systems. How security systems fail is also covered, along with related areas such as the legal and ethical background and physical security.

Rapid Development Systems

This module takes a tools-driven approach to advanced application development; creating rich user interfaces for secure information systems.

Application development tools to generate the code will be used, and you will be taught how to manipulate, enhance and customise the output from these tools to create a unique, bespoke and user-friendly interface with minimal coding. You will build one application throughout this module which will take the form of a fully scaffolded database with a web front-end. The utilisation of web services and plug-in application components to further enhance functionality and usability will be considered.

Relational and NoSQL Databases

You will develop your ability to design and implement database applications to meet business needs. A case study is used to follow the system development life cycle, and you will develop a server database application from inception to implementation for a real world scenario.

The module will investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. Investigations will be undertaken in a number of areas including data modelling, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.

 

Final-year core modules

Emerging Database Technologies

You develop your ability to design and implement big data solutions to meet business needs by using a case study to follow the system development life cycle. You then develop a plausible big data solution from inception to implementation for a real world scenario.

You investigate the issues and technologies associated with implementing and supporting large scale databases and the services that are needed to maintain and access a repository of data. You undertake investigations in a number of areas including big data, data warehouses, integrating legacy data, data management and approaches that support the modelling and visualisation of data for a range of use views.

Enterprise Solutions

Technical consultancy is widely used within industry. Close collaboration between client and consultant allows the design and implementation of Information Technology (IT) projects based on informed decisions. You work in close collaboration with your client in your role of IT consultant. You experience the full consultancy cycle and manage your client’s project from the start to completion using industry standard methodologies such as PRINCE2®.
You develop technical skills and knowledge, use research industry standard tools such as open source content management systems (CMS) to advise your clients on the most suitable platform for their organisation. Your client relationships are crucial for client facing activities to collect data and present findings. You gain experience of working as a team and grow your understanding of the effective teamwork theories.

Health Informatics Final Project

You gain the technical and software skills necessary to produce a substantial artefact as part of a health informatics improvement project.

Consolidating your learning from previous modules, you evaluate and critically reflect on the identification, rationale, planning and implementation of a health informatics improvement project.

Health Informatics Futures

In this module you access a range of health informatics research, both available and emerging. By providing you with the tools that enable you to investigate emerging specialist health informatics technologies, you appraise new developments in these technologies in the context of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

Information Governance

You identify the goals of information governance, from protecting the needs of the stakeholder to ensuring the transparency of processes and how these link together to support data governance principles such as integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, standardization and change management.
You study a range of governance topics including law, regulations, and compliance; security governance and risk management; security for cloud architectures and issues around 3rd party data storage.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You attend a combination of lectures and practical sessions for each module. Lectures concentrate on teaching the principles while practical sessions allow you to put these principles into practice in purpose-built labs. Throughout your practical sessions you receive feedback on your work and progress. You often work on a piece of work for several weeks building a deeper understanding of the subject as you work. The feedback you receive will help you to get the most out of your learning.

In your final year you also undertake a personal project which integrates much of the work you have studied in previous years.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used. Your assessments are designed to build on the work you undertake in class and your learning continues through the assessment period. An in-course assessment often consists of a practical exercise and an associated report helping you to develop both technical and business skills.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to:

  • have 96-112 tariff points from at least two A levels or equivalent.
  • attend an interview.
  • have a satisfactory DBS disclosure.

    For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

    International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

This course prepares you for a career in health informatics or for further study. As a graduate you will have an excellent grounding in the field of ICT and will also be equipped with the skills necessary to harness the power of ICT solutions and data to improve services across the health sector. Potential careers include clinical data informatics specialist, EPR informatics analyst or patient administration specialist.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: I500 BSc/HI
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points and interview

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