Higher Certificate in Health and Medical Information Science

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 120
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2 Years

Course Summary


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Studying an online undergraduate programme in Health and Medical Information Science means learning a huge range of employable skills across the wider areas of Science, Health and Medical Informatics, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Economics, Public Health, Philosophy, Programming and Data Analysis.

The modules across the three years 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.

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Key Course Information

This two year, undergraduate, Level 6 degree programme delivered fully online through blended learning techniques, will equip students with an applied understanding of health informatics, eHealth concepts and applications, health statistics and data programming, medical data management and systems evaluation; applied epidemiology; health economics and predictive modelling; as well as a range of other subjects to facilitate a broader understanding of healthcare management, delivery and audit. 

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

QQI Entry Requirements
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or 5N18396 or LCE Maths

Leaving Certificate Entry requirements

  • Minimum Subjects - 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish - O6/H7
  • Maths F2/O6/H7

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 Health and Medical Information Science. 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

Normal full-time undergraduate fees apply for this programme For more information on fees please visit our Fees and Grants page 

Applicants who are eligible for SUSI support, please note that there is an equivalent bursary available directly from IT Sligo. Please contact Louise Kearins for more details.