MSc Health Informatics (distance learning)

Information School, Faculty of Social Sciences

If you're considering a career in information and library management, a masters from Sheffield can give you the grounding you need. If you're an experienced professional, we can enhance your skills.

Sheffield is a world-leader in the field of information systems. Our research in areas such as health informatics, e-business, digital technology and social media influences the way businesses, governments and individuals interact.

Our masters courses develop well-rounded professionals. We can bring you up to speed with the latest technology and management techniques. But we're also deeply concerned with the social, ethical and moral implications of the data revolution.


About the course

Online course

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.

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

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Telehealth and Telecare
  • Informatics for Public Health
  • Leadership, Strategy and Change
  • Analysis of Health Information

Teaching

(May differ for distance learning option)

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Online discussion
  • Case studies
  • Lectures by visiting speakers

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Small projects
  • In-class tests
  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Group work
  • Research-based dissertation

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Postgraduate students

Key facts

Course duration

3 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible. You will 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, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact the department for the latest fee information for this course.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your subject

Effective use of information improves the world and makes a positive difference to our lives. It is also central to economic development. The rapid pace of technological change and the globalisation of markets means that organisations in all sectors must realise the value of information systems. The world needs graduates who are information literate.

Learning environment

You'll need access to a computer with internet. You'll be able to take advantage of our online library facilities.

Your career

Graduates work for healthcare providers and agencies around the world.

How we teach

Our courses are research-led, which means you'll learn about the latest concepts from academics who work with organisations to drive developments in this field. Alongside the theory and technical skills, you'll develop some valuable attributes including effective communication, application of research methods and creative problem solving.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

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