Undergraduate Courses \ LM023 B.Sc. in Health Informatics

Introduction


Would you like to:
• make a difference to the lives of patients/clients and the health care professionals who treat them?
• be involved in interpreting and managing health care information?
• liaise with health care professionals to identify their computing needs?
• develop information systems to support patient records, scheduling, billing and performance improvement?
• develop computer systems to support patient monitoring, medical decision-making, medical image processing and medical diagnostics?
• apply data mining techniques to discover how different types of patients respond best to different treatments?
If so, this course is for you.

Health informatics covers a broad spectrum of applications such as patient records, signal analysis, image processing, decision support systems in the areas of patient care, health education, research and administration. However, it is not solely a technical discipline but focuses on the relationship between the technology and its use in real-world settings. Solutions are designed in context, taking into account the social, cultural and organisational settings in which computing and information technology will be used for health care.

The primary aim of this programme is to provide students with a sound and integrated body of knowledge, which spans the disciplines within health informatics, which would enable graduate to analyse and reason about systems and processes and ultimately enable them build careers which depend on extensive knowledge of these disciplines. The intention is to provide a sufficient blend of knowledge so that graduates from this course can analyse current activities and processes within health care delivery systems, identify where improvements can be made in terms of restructuring or the provision of new or additional supports, and in some cases either implement or oversee the implementation of new or extended systems, all the while being mindful of the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain.

Programme of Study


Your programme of study will be an unique blend of the following topics:
• Analysis of health care delivery systems
• Anatomy and physiology
• Ethical and legal issues in health informatics
• Medical imaging
• Software development
• Web infrastructure
• Project management in health care
• Requirements engineering
• Database management systems
• Human computer interaction
• Medical decision support systems
• Intelligent systems
• Data mining
• Telecommunication services

Students will be placed in paid employment for an eight month period in a sector related to their programme. The applied nature of this work placement complements the academic dimension of this course.

Students undertake a substantial individual project in their final year, which integrates and applies their previous learning and deepens their knowledge of some particular application or research area relevant to this course.

Programme Outcomes


On successful completion of this programme graduates will understand the multidisciplinary nature of health informatics and the central roles of health data and knowledge in health care delivery systems.

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and ability to:
1. Analyse current activities and processes within health care delivery systems
2. Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of information technology and of its impact in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of health care
3. Express user requirements for health care information systems
4. Build models of information flows in health care systems
5. Deliver solutions that match strategic health care needs
6. Deploy customisable solutions in an effective manner and
7. Participate in research activities in this discipline.
Overall graduates will be in a very strong position to contribute to the process of change rather than observe and describe it.

Entrance Requirements


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade C3 in two higher level subjects and grade D3 in four ordinary or higher level subjects (including Mathematics; Irish or another language; and English). In addition, applicants are required to hold at least a grade B2 in the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Mathematics, or approved equivalent.

Mature students (in general 23 years of age on the 1st of January of the year of registration) are most welcome to apply for entry to the B.Sc. in Health Informatics programme at the University of Limerick. Each mature student applicant is considered on an individual basis. Academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential for this programme of study are evaluated usually by means of an interview. Further details are available from the Mature Student Office. Mature students must apply directly to the Admissions Office rather than through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Career Opportunities


Since health informatics covers a broad spectrum of applications in the areas of patient care, health education, research and administration there are many opportunities for health informatics professionals to work in different settings within
• Health informatics companies and medical software companies
  e.g. Cerner,   dabl,   Exodus Software,   GE Healthcare,   Helix Health,   iAppLogic,   Intelligent Health Systems,   iSoft,   Lincor Solutions,   Quantum Health,   Spacelabs Healthcare
• ICT-based companies that develop health care software applications as part of their activities
  e.g. Cisco,   Google,   HP,   IBM,   Intel,   Microsoft,   Oracle,   Philips,   SAP
• Pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies
• Hospitals and other health care organisations
• Public health organisations
• Government and non-governmental agencies
• Consultancy companies
• Education and research

Graduates will be qualified for employment in a variety of roles including the development, deployment and management of health information systems; the analysis and management of health care data, information and knowledge using appropriate information and communication technology; and the formulation, planning and implementation of health care IT strategy. Opportunities also exist for graduates to participate health informatics consultancy, education and research. Typical graduate roles include:
• Health Care Project Manager
• Health Systems Developer
• Health/Clinical Information Manager
• Health/Clinical Information Analyst
• Clinical Information Systems Specialist
• Health Information Security Manager
• Human Factors Specialist
• Health Care Webmaster
• Health Care IT Strategist
• Health Systems Trainer
• Quality Improvement Coordinator
• Systems Administrator
• Academic/Researcher

Contact


Course Director: Annette McElligott
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Telephone:          +353-(0)61-202724

Course Structure

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