Health Informatics

Health informatics is a multidisciplinary, multi-dimensional field. This field focuses on the creation, modelling, management and sharing of health data and knowledge to support data analysis and timely decision making in medicine and health care together with the information science and technology to support these tasks. It is not solely a technical discipline but focuses on the relationship between the technology and its use in real-world settings i.e. solutions are designed in context, taking into account the social, cultural and organisational settings in which computing and information technology will be used in health care sectors.

The MSc in Health Informatics aims to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to:

Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of health care technology and of its impact in improving the efficiency, costeffectiveness, safety and quality of health care delivery. Express user requirements for health care information systems. Integrate computing and managerial knowledge and experience with health-related knowledge and experience. Ensure compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain. Formulate, evaluate and apply evidence-based solutions in the delivery of health care.

Entry requirements

•A Health Care Administrator/Clerical Officer, Health Care Manager or Health Care Professional who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher)

•An applicant who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) in a health sciences discipline

•An IT specialist who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) with experience of working in a health care setting.

•An applicant with at least 5 years relevant work experience who can satisfy the course admission team that he/she has the ability to complete and benefit from this course. Such applicants shall be required to undertake an interview.

Note your degree must be an Honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) degree or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice

Subjects taught

Semester 1
• Health Informatics Applications
• Electronic Health Record Management
• Research Methods in Health Informatics
• Requirements Engineering for Health Informatics
• Medical Decision Support Systems

Semester 2
• Research Project
• Health Informatics Project Management
• Strategic Issues in Health Informatics
• ICT for Evidence Based Health Care
• E-Health Systems

Semester 3
• Health Informatics Dissertation


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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