MSc Health Informatics (distance learning)

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK’s leading centre for information, data and knowledge management research and teaching. Our forward-thinking courses are fully accredited by CILIP and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required by employers.

I chose to study at the Information School because of its academic reputation and because it allowed me to specialise in the topics of interest that will help me in my career. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers are very experienced and committed. There are also many different opportunities provided by the School and University to enhance your knowledge.

Itzelle Medina, Postgraduate student in the Information School

About the course

Course description 2017

This CILIP-accredited course is aimed at health care professionals who want to improve services in their sector by getting more out of information and communication technologies. It’s taught online so you can fit it around your work.

Alongside the more specialised knowledge, you’ll acquire valuable transferable skills such as presentation and report writing. We can also help you develop leadership and management capabilities.

First year students take part in an online induction before the course starts. The rest of the course uses specialised software to deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials online, in real time. In the final year, you’ll complete a research dissertation, supervised by an academic.

Information School postgraduate student

Core modules

  • Placing Electronic Records at the Centre of Care
  • Evidence-based Practice and Health Care Information
  • The Internet, Web and E-Health
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Information Systems in Health
  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

  • Public Health Informatics
  • Leadership, Strategy and Change
  • Analysis of Health Information

Course duration

  • 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible. You’ll need a combination of an honours degree in a science, technology, medical or health subject, experience in using computer systems, and work experience in the health sector.

If you don’t have a degree but you have a lot of relevant work experience, you could apply to take the certificate or the diploma. If you make good progress, you could go on to the full MSc.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: ispgt@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2660/2630

 The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.