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Healthcare Informatics

MSc Healthcare Informatics

Course Features

-Trains graduates in medical and allied professions and those with an information technology background in healthcare informatics.

-Enables students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and utilise tools of medical informatics.

-Flexible approach to teaching and learning to accommodate busy clinicians.

-Currently funded under the National Development Plan, Graduate Skills Conversion Programme.

Course Overview

Information management and the utilisation of associated technology is becoming a major activity of the healthcare professional. This course is directed to medical practitioners, those in allied professions and also at those working in ICT areas in the health sector.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is primarily targeted towards:

-Medical practitioners

-Those working in allied professions

-ICT professionals working in the health sector

What Will I Learn

Course Description

This course is run over 12 months/three semesters. In Semester one & two students have one week of full-time lectures and five Saturday morning sessions, as well as two or three individual tutorials each week. In semester one, students take the HITS online course (run by ICS Skills under supervision of Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland /Informatics Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, RAMI).

How/Where Will I Learn?

In semesters one and two the MSc course will run full-time over one week and five Saturday mornings.

Entry requirements

Am I Eligible for this Course?

Primary university degree in medicine or in an allied profession, or a primary degree in the area of information technology and experience working in the healthcare industry.

International Applicants

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.


12 months part-time

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Director

Dr. Pat Felle

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science

Health Sciences Centre

UCD Belfield

Dublin 4


Programme Administrator

Mr Steven Masterton

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science

Health Sciences Centre

UCD Belfield

Dublin 4

T: + 353 1 716 6634


Subjects taught

Semester one is divided in six modules, which introduce the student to an understanding of:

-Basic computer technology

-Searching and analysing medical information

-Particular technologies in medical information systems

-Relevant legislation

Semester two comprises modules in:


-Data analysis and interoperability

-Standards in medical systems

-A 15-credit essay module (a review of a medical informatics topic)

This course will comprise five hours of lectures and a supervised research project, the topic for which will be agreed in advance. It will be examined by dissertation.

Application date

Apply Online

Click on the link and follow the steps outlined.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September

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