Grad Diploma in Health Informatics (Grad Diploma in Health Informatics)

University College Dublin (x293)
Key Programme Details
Award

Graduate Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Healthcare Informatics

General Information
Contact

Prof. Neil O'Hare / Prof. Pat Felle

Email

med.informatics@ucd.ie

Phone

01-7166634

Address

UCD Healthcare Informatics
School of Medicine
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science
Room C2.09
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Role

Course Directors

Important Dates
Application Deadline

20/08/2020

Start Date

01/09/2020

End Date

31/08/2021

About this Course

The development of eHealth nationally and internationally is substantially changing many of the current work and care delivery practices. The move from paper-based records to digital solutions will bring a large range of benefits, many complexities and some concerns / risks. The overarching aim of the course is to provide a good understanding of the field of Health Informatics (HI), its development and how it can impact the delivery of health at all levels from home based / community, GP, and up to the hospital sector. To that end the student should exit the course with a readily applicable knowledge base in the following aspects:

Health Data, its importance, management, display and use in managing patient care and delivery of the healthcare;

The IT systems used to capture and manage patient and health data;
Data analytics techniques in health, including emerging technologies in Machine Learning and AI;

Medical devices used to diagnose, manage and treat patients and the IT implications;

Methodologies required to successfully implement and evaluate HI projects;

One of the key elements of the programme is the connection with the service delivery field, showing the students the application of the academic knowledge to practical real-world examples. This also has the benefit of exposing the students to the range of areas where HI impacts, the diversity of skills required and involved in the delivering this knowledge domain to real world applications. This will be further enhanced with assignment work that, where possible, will be team based and service delivery focused. The course is aimed at personnel in industry and the health sector that are involved in the delivery, use and support of health IT systems. The close linkage with the health service will ensure that the course maintains its relevance and builds on best practice nationally and internationally.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a NFQ Level 8 academic award.

Where an applicant does not hold a Level 8 award, consideration will be given to those with relevant and appropriate qualifications and experience working in or closely with the health system. Such candidates may be interviewed to ensure applicability to the programme prior to acceptance. Candidates who may enter via this route would typically be those currently employed but looking to change the focus of their career into the HI arena, or those that have health experience but are currently unemployed and looking to re-enter the workforce in the HI field. It is anticipated that a significant percentage of applicants would rely on the recognition of prior learning. UCD's existing RPL policies and structures in this regard will be followed.

Long Description

The development of eHealth nationally and internationally is substantially changing many of the current work and care delivery practices. The move from paper-based records to digital solutions will bring a large range of benefits, many complexities and some concerns / risks. The overarching aim of the course is to provide a good understanding of the field of Health Informatics (HI), its development and how it can impact the delivery of health at all levels from home based / community, GP, and up to the hospital sector. To that end the student should exit the course with a readily applicable knowledge base in the following aspects:

Health Data, its importance, management, display and use in managing patient care and delivery of the healthcare;

The IT systems used to capture and manage patient and health data;
Data analytics techniques in health, including emerging technologies in Machine Learning and AI;

Medical devices used to diagnose, manage and treat patients and the IT implications;

Methodologies required to successfully implement and evaluate HI projects;

One of the key elements of the programme is the connection with the service delivery field, showing the students the application of the academic knowledge to practical real-world examples. This also has the benefit of exposing the students to the range of areas where HI impacts, the diversity of skills required and involved in the delivering this knowledge domain to real world applications. This will be further enhanced with assignment work that, where possible, will be team based and service delivery focused. The course is aimed at personnel in industry and the health sector that are involved in the delivery, use and support of health IT systems. The close linkage with the health service will ensure that the course maintains its relevance and builds on best practice nationally and internationally.

Why Choose This Course

The course is primarily aimed at existing employees in the health service and IT
industry sector who are looking to move into the area of Health Informatics, expand
their current knowledge in the area, or get more involved in health IT implementation
projects in their respective work locations. The assignments for the various modules are
primarily focused on work-based topics, with these assignments being undertaken
primarily as group or team work. This team-based process mirrors the actuality of IT
systems implementation projects or health data / business intelligence analysis in this
sector.

A number of places for this course are government funded under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) via the Springboard.ie website. The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements):
• Returners (formerly referred to as Homemakers): May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria
• People in employment: May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.
• The unemployed or formerly self-employed: All courses are open to these categories of applicants, with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of a Jobseekers-related payment.

Depending on your situation, the fees are provided in full or subsidised. For more information, and to apply, please visit www.springboard.ie .

Timetable Info

TBC

Delivery Location

Online and UCD Belfield

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Prof. Neil O'Hare / Prof. Pat Felle

Address

UCD Healthcare Informatics
School of Medicine
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science
Room C2.09
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Phone

01-7166634

Email

med.informatics@ucd.ie

Application Procedures

Online application portal www.springboardcourses.ie and ucd.ie/apply