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BSc (Hons) Digital Healthcare Science

BSc (Hons) Digital Healthcare Science

Key Facts

Key Facts

UCAS Code: I511

Tuition Fees: Find out more about fees and funding

Duration: 3 year full-time (30 weeks per academic year)

Award: Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Entry Requirements:

A level: ABB including a science subject.

IB: 34 points with a minimum of 4 in English

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Overview

This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply to the Academy for Healthcare Science for registration.

Ready to start transforming your life and the lives of others? Our course offers the opportunity to pursue a brand new career and interact with real patients and healthcare practitioners, harnessing the power of digital technology to improve health and wellbeing. Learn how to promote health and wellbeing through individualised patient-empowerment solutions and behavioural change, using leading-edge science and technology to contribute to improving health services for individual users. Digital Healthcare Scientists are trained to support organisations with their digital transformation journey towards achieving digital maturity, helping to bring the latest digital tools to the front line.

Hear from our expert team members below:

What will I learn?

A new type of scientist is needed – the Digital Healthcare Scientist. Offering the chance to interact with real patients and work on real-world solutions, this course will equip you with leading-edge science to significantly improve health services.

The programme focuses on the following four sciences: Behavioural Science, Healthcare and Physiological Sciences, Science of Digital Healthcare and Science of Shared Clinical Decision-making. You will gain a breadth of scientific training, as well as developing the knowledge and skills to work with digital technologies. Graduates of the course will become expert change agents to drive forward the digital transformation/maturity agenda across multiple disciplines and informatics professionals to support future workforce planning.

Year 1

You’ll be introduced to the concepts of digital healthcare, and of personalised health and wellbeing. You will gain an understanding of the science of wellbeing; nutrition, metabolism and physical activity; health behaviour; clinical decision-making; communication; professional behaviours and engaging with evidence-informed practice.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will learn to optimise digital healthcare technologies using big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. You'll also gain an understanding of applied behavioural science, the psychology of mental health and healthy sleeping patterns to design innovative digital solutions to current and future healthcare challenges. You will learn the importance of context, personalisation and digital systems.

Year 3

Year 3 offers the platform needed to launch your career as a Digital Healthcare Scientist. You will have the opportunity to delve into more detail as you continue to apply academic learning within real clinical settings. Here you will also have the chance to explore a digital healthcare specialism of your choice as you embark on solving emerging problems through a work-based project or dissertation.

How will I learn?

The delivery of our Digital Healthcare Science degree is geared towards ensuring that new knowledge, technologies and skills can be applied to achieve better patient care in clinical and remote settings. Each year consists of a blend of taught modules and concentrated learning blocks, with clinical placements commencing after completing Year 1.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

The course has been designed so that your learning is integrated across four sciences and an Academic and Professional Development (APD) strand, and so your assessments will also be integrated to reflect that.

Throughout the course you’ll have formative tests (both written and practical) to help you ensure that your learning is on track. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of your academic learning in authentic clinical situations within your Placements in Practice which commence after completing Year 1.

Years 1 and 2

In the first two years you will complete three written assignments per year, as well as being marked on the quality of the work demonstrated in your portfolio, which you will maintain throughout the course. At the end of each year there will be a practical examination known as an ‘Objective Structured Science and Clinical Examination’.

Year 3

Your third year research project is assessed not only through your written report, but also by a presentation to an assessor. You’ll also be expected to engage in a professional discussion with an assessor about the contents of your portfolio and to demonstrate your handling of a typical situation that might be encountered by a Digital Healthcare Scientist.

Meet the team

Meet the team

Spanning medicinal, neuroscientific and IT-based backgrounds to name a few, our dedicated team possess a vast range of knowledge, skills and experience. Guided by their unique expertise, your journey into digital healthcare couldn’t be in better hands.

Nicola Knowles - Course Director - N.J.Knowles@warwick.ac.uk

“My job is to ensure that the students get the best possible experience, and are achieving everything they need to maximise their opportunities on the course.”

Professor Ed Peile - Course Designer - Ed.Peile@warwick.ac.uk 

“Up until now, the health service has struggled to really apply digital into healthcare, and you as the students are going to be the first people to do that.”


Dr Mohannad Alajlani - Senior Teaching Fellow - Mohannad.Alajlani@warwick.ac.uk

“Having originally come from an IT background, I felt I must apply the digital aspects to healthcare in order to improve the quality of care provided to patients.”

Dr Hamish Sutcliffe - Senior Clinical Fellow - H.Sutcliffe@warwick.ac.uk 

“Having been a practical medical doctor for over a decade, I’m now bringing my real-world experience of frontline medicine to this course.”


Jan Davison - Apprenticeship Tutor - Jan.Davison@warwick.ac.uk

“I’m looking forward to helping our students bring together the fusion of different sciences we have on the programme in order to help patients maximise their own health and wellbeing in the future.”

Dr Carla Toro - Assessment Lead - Carla.Toro@warwick.ac.uk

“What excites me about this course is that it fits in with the current drive in the UK towards preventative medicine. Our graduates will be helping people in making the right choices to improve their health and wellbeing.”


Michelle Hampton - Programme Coordinator - M.Hampton@warwick.ac.uk 

“I act as the first point of contact for the students, I’m here to make their lives easier.”

Opportunities

What careers can a Warwick degree in Digital Healthcare Science lead to?

Equipped with this degree, you can embark on brand new career opportunities in the NHS, private practice, occupational health within industry and commerce, wider digital health practice, and academia after further training.

The field of practice is expanding, as employers recognise that massive national investment in preventative medicine is unlikely to bear fruit unless there is more support for people to change their lifestyle. You will be the first to offer employers university-accredited experience in high-level consultation skills, scientific training in relevant clinical physiology and behavioural science, as well as digital healthcare.

Module Information

Course content

Year 1: Individuals, wellbeing, choices and decisions. Introduction to Digital Healthcare. Personalised Health and Wellbeing Stratification. Science of Wellbeing. Nutrition, Metabolism and Physical Activity. Science of Clinical Decision-Making. Academic and Professional Development (Context of Regulation and Governance). Introduction to Research and Evidence-Informed Practice.


Year 2: Supporting people in their context and optimising digital healthcare. Design of Digital Health Systems. Big Data in Healthcare, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Psychology of Mental Health and Behaviour Change. Applied Behavioural Science. Mental Health, Addiction and Sleep. People in Context: Determinants of Health and Wellbeing. Academic and Professional Development (Leadership and Legal Context of Practice).


Year 3: Practice and research. Human Systems Integration. Self-Help Across the Lifespan. Activating Health and Wellbeing. Research Project: Digital Health and Wellbeing Solutions. Academic and Professional Development (Service Evaluation/Improvement, Autonomy and Accountability).

* Course content listed above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information