Certificate in Practices in Health Informatics

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 30
  • Course Code
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1 year part-time

Course Summary

Medical and Health Information Science primarily encompasses the field of health informatics which is typically defined "as the science of evaluating, implementing and utilizing technology to manage all information related to the patient care delivery process at all levels: clinical, financial, technological and enterprise. It is a multidisciplinary field, drawing from health information and computer science, psychology, sociology and engineering.

With the rise in the use of technology, there is an ever increasing in the healthcare sector to adopt Information and Communication Technology (ICT) n the delivery of their services (such as information systems in personalized medicine, eHealth, telemedical and mHealth (mobile health) systems, etc.) in order to improve services to patients and address structural challenges in the health service. With the current drive for electronic records and information exchange networks, health informatics and information management are the most relevant fields in healthcare efficiency today.

The role of medical and health information science in bridging the gaps between integrating IT systems across the healthcare sector and providing the necessary skills to implement, manage, audit and innovate within healthcare delivery systems has been highlighted as a pivotal building block in the implementation of Slaintecare.

The Certificate in Practices in Health Informatics will give participants the essential skills to attain employment or provide rationale for career progression for those working in the sector and be responsible for maintaining components of health information systems consistent with the medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare delivery system. It will provide a Level 6 Certification of Science qualification in Practices in Health Informatics affording an introductory, applied level grounding in health informatics.

The modules across the 1 year will be delivered innovatively through various modes of online learning techniques. Course materials will be linked to real-world problems in the area of Healthcare delivery and students will learn how to manage and provide evidence-based solutions.

Graduates from this programme will have a strong grounding in all areas of healthcare systems delivery, management, audit and evaluation, governance and regulatory principles. They will also have the data analysis skills necessary to critically appraise areas of process inefficiency and develop alternative frameworks for enhancing outcomes. These skills will be needed globally as the current COVID-19 pandemic will necessitate large-scale systems audit and framework development to combat future potential threats to Public Health.

 

A limited number of places are available on the Springboard+ 2020 programme.  If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under this initiative. If you are in employment, you may be entitled to 90% funding for this programme, under this initiative. You will find this programme available on the Springboard+ website and can submit an application on the Springboard site at www.springboardcourses.ie

Key Course Information

Application Closing Date : 14th September 2020

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a National Framework of Qualifications Level 5 or equivalent and Recognition of Prior Learning.

 

Career Opportunities

The design of this programme is geared towards developing and professional skills and technical qualities to meet the current and future needs of the healthcare sector and its multi-faceted health information system. 

Graduates from this programme will be able to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term healthcare facilities, primary care facilities, home health agencies, insurance companies, government agencies (i.e. HSE. TULSA, HIQA, NCPE), information technology vendors, and pharmaceutical, medical devices and consultancy companies. 

Further Study

This programme offers a Level 6 qualification in Practices in Health Informatics. Students can progress onto the BSc in Health and Medical Information Science on successful completion of this Higher Certificate. The development of Level 8 add-on opportunities involving a substantial work placement are underway. These will include various specialisations in the area of Health Informatics, Big Data Analytics and Health Technology Assessment. 

Did you know?

A recent report, 2020 Global Health Care Outlook from Deloitte, states: Rising health care costs. Changing patient demographics. Evolving consumer expectations. New market entrants. Complex health and technology ecosystems. Health care stakeholders need to invest in value-based care, innovative care delivery models, advanced digital technologies, data interoperability, and alternative employment models to prepare for these uncertainties and build a smart health ecosystem.

Programme Fees

EU Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

€2,500

Fees per annum:

€2,500

Per 10 credit module:

€833

Per 5 credit module:

€416

Non-EU Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

TBC