Postgraduate Courses \ LM635 MSc in Health Informatics


Health informatics is a multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional field. This field focuses on the creation, modelling, management and sharing of health data and knowledge to support data analysis and timely decision making in medicine and health care together with the information science and technology to support these tasks. It is not solely a technical discipline but focuses on the relationship between the technology and its use in real-world settings i.e. solutions are designed in context, taking into account the social, cultural and organisational settings in which computing and information technology will be used in health care sectors. 

The M.Sc. in Health Informatics aims to equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and abilities to:
* Analyse current activities and processes within health care delivery systems.
* Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of health care technology and of its impact in improving the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety and quality of health care delivery.
* Express user requirements for health care information systems.
* Appreciate software engineering methodologies and development paradigms.
* Oversee the delivery of solutions that match strategic health care needs.
* Manage the deployment of customizable solutions in an effective manner.
* Ensure compliance with the standards and regulations governing systems in this domain.
* Participate in research activities in this discipline.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, graduates should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and recurring fundamental concepts of health informatics.
2. Apply the knowledge, skills and insights acquired on this programme to the demands of professional environments.
3. Integrate computing and managerial knowledge and experience with health-related knowledge and experience.
4. Analyse health care information systems and health care management processes and advise on change management and implementation.
5. Assess the use of technology to assist with decision-making.
6. Express user requirements for health care information systems.
7. Evaluate the opportunities and limitations of information technology and of its impact in improving the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety and quality of health care delivery.
8. Formulate, evaluate and apply evidence-based solutions in the delivery of health care.
9. Embrace new technologies that arise in health informatics.
10. Recognise the need for continual learning in informatics skills and knowledge.


This one-year programme comprises three semesters: two taught semesters; in the third semester students complete a substantial dissertation.  The modules and their associated learning outcomes are outlined at the end of this page.  Standards in health care (systems, vocabulary, messaging and security), ethical and legal issues in health informatics as well as issues concerning quality and human-computer interaction will be emphasised throughout this programme.

At least 50% of the material for each taught semester is delivered via distance education. Students will be required to attend 5 in-house blocks each semester. An in-house block comprises a consecutive Friday and Saturday. In each academic year, one series of in-house blocks will be delivered at the University of Limerick (UL) and it is expected to deliver another series of in-house blocks at some other location in Ireland subject to demand.

Entrance Requirements

A Health Care Administrator/Clerical Officer, Health Care Manager or Health Care Professional who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher).
An applicant who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) in a health sciences discipline.
An IT specialist who holds a primary undergraduate degree (2.2 honours or higher) with experience of working in a health care setting.
An applicant with at least 5 years relevant work experience who can satisfy the course admission team that he/she has the ability to complete and benefit from this course. Such applicants shall be required to undertake an interview.


* A grade of C3 or higher in the dissertation is obligatory for the successful completion of the M.Sc. in Health Informatics.


The fees for EU-students in the Academic Year (AY) 2015/6 will be €3,000 while the fees for non-EU students will be €12,500. 

How to Apply

You must apply on-line.  If you are unable to submit supporting documentation on-line please forward it to the
Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Graduate School,
Foundation Building,
University of Limerick,


Course Director: Dr. Patrick Healy
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