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Programme Content
This one-year programme comprises three semesters: two taught semesters; in the third semester students will complete a substantial dissertation. Standards in health care (systems, vocabulary, messaging and security), ethical and legal issues in health informatics as well as issues concerning quality and human-computer interaction will be emphasised throughout this programme.

Delivery Methods
At least 50% of the material for each taught semester will be delivered via distance education. Students will be required to attend 5 in-house blocks each semester. An in-house block comprises a consecutive Friday and Saturday. In each academic year, one series of in-house blocks will be delivered at the University of Limerick (UL) and it is expected to deliver another series of in-house blocks at some other location in Ireland subject to demand.

Overview
Health informatics is a multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional field. This field focuses on the creation, modelling, management and sharing of health data and knowledge to support data analysis and timely decision making in medicine and health care together with the information science and technology to support these tasks. 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.

The M.Sc. in Health Informatics aims to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to:
• Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of health care technology and of its impact in improving the efficiency,
• cost- effectiveness, safety and quality of health care delivery.
• Express user requirements for health care information systems.
• Integrate computing and managerial knowledge and experience with health-related knowledge and experience.
• Ensure compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain.
• Formulate, evaluate and apply evidence-based solutions in the delivery of health care.

Entry requirements

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)
Or
• An applicant who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) in a health sciences discipline
Or
• An IT specialist who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) with experience of working in a health care setting.
Or
• 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 (QQI Level 8) degree or equivalent.

What to include with your application:
• Qualification transcripts and certificates
• English language qualification if English is not your first language
• Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Patrick Healy
Telephone: +353 61 202727, Fax: +353-61-202734, Email: patrick.healy@ul.ie
Web: www.csis.ul.ie

Subjects taught

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

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

Summer
• Dissertation

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

Equips graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to evaluate the opportunities and limitations of health care technology and its impact on improving the efficiency, cost effectiveness, safety and quality of health care delivery, taking cognisance of the social, legal, ethical and technical issues and ensuring compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
• Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
• Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
• A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
• An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
• A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
• Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017

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