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Digital Health

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. MSc Digital Health equips students with the knowledge required to ensure that the health sector get 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.

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.

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.

English Language RequirementsIf 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.

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Ciara Fitzgerald
Telephone: P: +353 21 4905203
cfitzgerald@ucc.ie

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.

Course fee

The total fee for the 2 years Irish/EU is €15,000 - 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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