University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Health Informatics

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants 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. Applicants with relevant work experience can apply to take the certificate or the diploma and go on to the full MSc. English language requirements: IELTS grade of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

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

Introduction to Telehealth and Telecare; Public Health; Informatics Leadership, Strategy and Change; Analysis of Health Information.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a wide variety of methods including essays, reports, small projects, in-class tests, presentations, posters, group work and a research-based dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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