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Digital Health

Course Outline
The application of technology in health is experiencing rapid growth and the field is seeking qualified professionals to optimise technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare domain. The MSc Digital Health equips students with the knowledge required to ensure that the health sector gets the best out of technology and the opportunity to work with a high calibre group of people with similar aspirations to make a difference to health/medical settings. This interdisciplinary course, led by Business Information Systems in collaboration with the Medical Education Unit, is suitable for qualified applicants aspiring to work in the health sector.

The MSc Digital Health will provide business and health/healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, implement and manage leading-edge health technology while remaining cognisant of the ethical, security and data protection implications arising from such scenarios.

The course provides participants with a critical understanding of how information systems are used to improve create efficiencies in health/healthcare settings and positively influence patient care and patient health outcomes. It is a new programme with internationally recognised faculty at the forefront of digital health/health information systems research.

As part of this experience, students will act as a business consultant, mentored by industry experts, to create an innovative health information systems solution or digital health focussed dissertation addressing a real business need or opportunity in a setting of their choice. Expert guest speakers from both business and health/clinical settings contribute to the syllabus and students will benefit from strong healthcare links with both internal and external partners.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice

Engage in advanced application of IS/IT frameworks and techniques in organisational settings

Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard

Leverage IS to improve healthcare organisational performance

Improve healthcare through the application of leading-edge technology solutions

Research, plan, design, develop and manage an innovative digital health solution, by critically analysing and interpreting data, and effectively disseminating results.

Why Choose This Course
Are you passionate about health? Are you seeking to make a difference in the health domain? The MSc Digital Health offers a unique opportunity to consider how technology can make a transformative impact on the health/medical sector and improve the lives of patients. The area of digital health is experiencing rapid growth, with the market in Europe alone expected to be worth over 300 billion euros per annum by 2020. However, a key challenge for this rapidly developing area is the lack of appropriately skilled people worldwide, namely professionals who have an understanding of health/medicine and Information Systems.

The MSc Digital Health will address this gap, contributing to a niche area of expertise at the cross-section between health and technology. This programme combines teaching and innovative research in Health and health information systems in healthcare settings providing students with the opportunity to develop highly sought after skills preparing them for the workplace.

Entry requirements

Requirements
To apply for this programme, you will have:

a 2H2 honours primary degree in any area

AND

at least 2 years' experience in the health/healthcare domain

PLUS
2 referees' reports.

International applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent

Candidates who do not meet the degree standard may be admitted to the programme on the basis of at least six years practical or professional experience in a health/healthcare domain as deemed appropriate by the Academic Programme Directors.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

24 months Part-time.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Students with a postgraduate qualification in MSc Digital Health will be equipped with much sought after skills in both the Information Systems field and the health/healthcare field.

These include:
Senior Clinical/Health Informatician
Senior Healthcare Data Analyst
Healthcare Software Supplier
Senior Health Data Manager
Senior Hospital IT Project Manager
Senior IT Quality Control
Data Steward
Data Protection Officer
Hospital Management
Senior Health Economist
Management Consultant specialised in Health/Healthcare
Business/Systems Analyst

Further enquiries

Dr. Ciara Heavin
e: C.Heavin@ucc.ie
t: 353 21 490 3826 or +353 21 490 3341
http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/taughtcourses/

Dr. Yvonne O'Connor
e: Y.OConnor@ucc.ie
t: 353 21 490 3344 or +353 21 490 3341

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year 1 - Candidates must complete 30 credits for Year 1.
IS6630 Fundamentals of Digital Health (10 credits)
EC6072 Economics for Healthcare (10 credits)
MX6010 Ethical and Evidence-Based Health Data (10 credits)

Year 2 - Candidates must complete 30 credits for Year 2.
IS6303 Seminars in Healthcare Information and Performance Systems (10 credits)
IS6631 Decision Support and Data Analytics for Health (10 credits)
MX6011 Clinical Trials and Data Management (10 credits)

Year 2 - Research Stream: Candidates must complete one of the 30 credit research modules below.
IS6305 Innovative Health Information Systems Research Solutions (30 credits) or
MX6012 Dissertation in Digital Health (30 credits)

Full details of modules may be found on the College Calendar.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Course Practicalities
The MSc Digital Health will be delivered via classroom lectures. Lectures will take place in a three-day block. There will be an induction session and all course material will be provided. In Year one of the programme, you will complete 18 days of lectures (6 days* 8 hours) which run from September to March. In year two you will complete an additional 18 days (6 days* 8 hours) of lectures from September to March. Finally, you complete your Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member from April to August in year two.

Group work is a key feature of this programme as students with different backgrounds will learn from a variety of skillsets and apply their knowledge to create innovative digital health solutions. There will be site visits to health/IT/clinical settings whereby students will be presented with the challenges faced by IT, data and clinical practitioners and they will be required to analyse the problem and propose innovative solutions.

Course Assessment will incorporate a blended approach of continuous assessment. Assessments will include both group and individual assignment content and will consist of written reports, presentations, role-play scenarios and debate. The course offers the integration of classroom study with professional experience and industry-aligned coursework.

Dr Ciara Heavin and Dr Yvonne O'Connor are academics in the Department of Business Information Systems and are researchers in the Health Information System Research Centre (HISRC) in the Cork University Business School. The HISRC is the first of its kind in Ireland as a dedicated research centre of Health Information Systems. Dr Heavin and Dr O'Connor are the course directors of the MSc Digital Health and will be involved in the teaching, delivery and oversight of the course. They will be supported by a team of expert academics from both the Medical Education Unit and Cork University Business School, University College Cork. IS and Health/Clinical subject matter experts will deliver guest lectures and support the programme.

Assessment method

Course Assessment will incorporate a blended approach of continuous assessment. Assessments will include both group and individual assignment content and will consist of written reports, presentations, role-play scenarios and debate. The course offers the integration of classroom study with professional experience and industry-aligned coursework.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Not currently open for applications.

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