Health Informatics

Key programme benefits to future students
This course aims to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of healthcare technology and its impact on improving the efficiency, cost effectiveness, safety and quality of healthcare delivery, taking cognisance of the social, legal, ethical and technical issues whilst ensuring compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain.

Health informatics is a multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional field. 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.

At least 50% of the materials for each taught semester is delivered via distance education. During each of these semesters students attend five in-house blocks. An in-house block comprises a consecutive Friday and Saturday. This delivery mode facilitates participants to continue working full-time while completing this programme.

Subjects taught

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

Spring Modules
• Health Informatics Project Management
• Strategic Issues in Health Informatics
• E-Health Systems
• ICT for Evidence-Based Health Care
• Research project

Summer Modules
• Health Informatics Dissertation

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 - QQI) degree or equivalent.

Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
A statement of purpose
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

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Graduate careers
A newcomer to the health informatics industry will have a wide range of career options depending on their current position or the company they work for. There is no one way to advance in a career. The ability to quickly adapt and alter emphasis is highly regarded in the industry because it allows you to work in a variety of healthcare technology fields.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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