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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. Students will study modules on Fundamentals of Digital Health; Decision Support and Data Analytics for Health; Healthcare Economics; Seminars in Healthcare Information Systems; Ethical and Evidence Based Health Data; Clinical Trials and Data Management. 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

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.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

24 months Part-time

The MSc Digital Health will be delivered via classroom lectures. Lectures take place in a three-day block once per month. 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 compete 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.

Careers or further progression

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
Email:C.Heavin@ucc.ie
Tel:353 21 490 3826 or +353 21 490 3341

Programme Administrator
Email:digitalhealth@ucc.ie

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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 compete 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.

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

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10 September 2018

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