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Digital Healthcare Master's Programme for 2013

 

Develop a broad set of skills required by device manufacturers, healthcare providers and commissioner organisations with our flexible
MSc in Digital Healthcare, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Award for full time and part time study.

Background

Who is it for?

What will I learn?

MSc in Digital Healthcare

Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Healthcare

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Healthcare

Postgraduate Award in Digital Healthcare

How do I apply?





Background


Digital technologies and methodologies are considered by healthcare providers worldwide as key to meeting the significant challenges in delivering healthcare in today’s society. This has created a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of using, evaluating and designing these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.

Digital healthcare concerns the development of interconnected health systems to promote the use and advancement of smart devices, new technologies, analysis techniques and communication media to help professionals and patients manage illness, enhance the performance of patient monitoring devices, improve clinical education, manage healthcare risks and promote wellbeing.

The IDH has developed this innovative Masters programme – we believe the first in the world to authoritatively review all these issues and enable students to synthesise them into a comprehensive, coherent and career-advancing experience. The MSc will give our students the skills needed to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and methods that underpin digital healthcare.

You will work in supervised multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex real-world problems. The course will be taught using a flexible framework, allowing modules to be chosen from one of two specialisms (engineering or clinical) to suit the students’ background and best meet their professional development needs.

We believe students will benefit from individual modules or the whole programme, whether they are from an informatics, engineering, clinical, public health, or management background. Each module will be taught over one week, making it ideal for those working full time. The core course will be truly multi-disciplinary with students encouraged to work together on group problems. We encourage all students to base their assignments and dissertation projects on real problems originating in their work environment, so employers benefit directly from student participation in the course. This course offers flexibility, rigour and excellent opportunities for retraining or for those interested in using digital technologies to innovate in healthcare.


Designed for


  • Graduates with a numerate background (eg. engineering, physics, computing or informatics) who wish to launch their career in the growing digital healthcare sector by developing biomedical and healthcare system engineering skills working with healthcare technology
  • Biomedical or clinical engineers and medical physicists who wish to develop innovative career pathways for themselves will find the mix of topics covered highly relevant for their career development.Clinicians (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals or healthcare technologists) wishing to explore the potential and impact of digital healthcare and use it to develop innovative care pathways or models of care
  • Those exploring or pursuing a PhD or research career in digital healthcare, eHealth, health or medical informatics, to advance their understanding of the principles underlying these important new technologies and how to study them


Learning Outcomes


  • Programming and Signal Processing
  • Classical Biomedical Engineering
  • Research methodology
  • Ethics and regulatory affairs


Skills required by healthcare providers and commissioning organisations include:


  • Clear understanding of the potential of digital healthcare to improve quality and safety of healthcare and reduce costs
  • Ability to procure effective digital healthcare technologies and design appropriate implementation strategies including training, workflow redesign and evaluation design, use and procurement of digital healthcare systems and services
  • Strategic understanding of the impact of these technologies and approaches on the future nature of health professional work, health service design, public and global health


MSc in Digital Healthcare


The full MSc is awarded for successful completion of 10 modules (assessed by post module assignments) plus a research project which is worth 50% of the overall credits. The course is available with full time (1 year) or part time (3 years) options. Each module is taught over one week, making it ideal for those working full time.


Module title

Core /Option

credits*

 

General

Eng. focus

 

Introduction to digital healthcare: biomedical engineering

Core

Core

10

Introduction to digital healthcare 2: informatics and information / communication technologies

Core

Core

10

Evaluation and research methods in digital healthcare

Core

Core

10

Contemporary topics in digital healthcare

Core

Core

10

Going beyond lean: Healthcare delivery system models

Core

Core

10

MATLAB programming for biomedical signal analysis

Option

Core

10

Biomedical signal processing for digital healthcare

Option

Core

10

Introduction to physiological modelling

 

Option

Core

10

Computational intelligence techniques for biomedical signals

Option

Option

10

Leadership

Option

Option

10

Management of change

Option

Option

10

Organisations, people and performance

Option

Option

10

Project planning, management and control

 

Option

Option

10

Service Design and Delivery

Option

Option

10

eHealth technologies

Option

Option

10

Computer Programming

Option

-

10

Information modelling and systems analysis

Option

Option

10

MSc Dissertation

OR

Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation

Core

Core

90

/

60



The Project


The dissertation project will address a current research topic or the evaluation of an emerging technology or method in digital healthcare. Expert, highly research-active staff will support students by helping them find a relevant topic to study, draft a project proposal, obtain ethical permission where necessary and provide appropriate supervision for their project. Often the research topic will form part of the existing research areas already active within the IDH, ensuring that the student is working within an existing research team and environment and has access to the resource of the International Digital Laboratory and wider University. The IDH also has close links with many local and distant healthcare organisations and companies, small and large, who are keen to provide projects and co-supervise students.


Along with the full Masters programme we are also pleased to offer the following qualifications in Digital Healthcare:


Postgraduate Diploma


A Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits either achieved through 12 purely taught modules or 6 taught modules and a 60 credit project.


Postgraduate Certificate


A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded for the successful completion of 6 modules.


Postgraduate Award


A Postgraduate Award will be awarded for the successful completion of 3 modules

How to apply


This Masters Programme will be available from October 2013. For more information or if you are interested in applying, please contact idh@warwick.ac.uk


For more information about studying for an MSc at WMG, please visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/ or to request a prospectus visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/prospectusrequest/



 

Module title

Core /Option

credits*

 

General

Eng. focus

 

Introduction to digital healthcare: biomedical engineering

Core

Core

10

Introduction to digital healthcare 2: informatics and information / communication technologies

Core

Core

10

Evaluation and research methods in digital healthcare

Core

Core

10

Contemporary topics in digital healthcare

Core

Core

10

Going beyond lean: Healthcare delivery system models

Core

Core

10

MATLAB programming for biomedical signal analysis

Option

Core

10

Biomedical signal processing for digital healthcare

Option

Core

10

Introduction to physiological modelling

 

Option

Core

10

Computational intelligence techniques for biomedical signals

Option

Option

10

Leadership

Option

Option

10

Management of change

Option

Option

10

Organisations, people and performance

Option

Option

10

Project planning, management and control

 

Option

Option

10

Service Design and Delivery

Option

Option

10

eHealth technologies

Option

Option

10

Computer Programming

Option

-

10

Information modelling and systems analysis

Option

Option

10

MSc Dissertation

OR

Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation

Core

Core

90

/

60