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New Digital Healthcare MSc, University of Warwick (England)

The Institute of Digital Healthcare, at the University of Warwick (England, United Kingdom), is launching a new Masters programme in October 2012 in Digital Healthcare. Details about the course are at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/wmgmasters/courses/dh/  To find out more, please contact wmgmasters[at]warwick.ac.uk (telephone +44 (0)24 7657 4470). Partial studentships are available; the application deadline for these is the end of May 2012.

The digital revolution has presented significant challenges in the delivery of healthcare for everyone in today’s society. There is a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of designing, using and evaluating these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.

To meet this need staff at the Institute of Digital Healthcare have developed this new innovative course. The MSc in Digital Healthcare will give students the knowledge and skills to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and techniques that underpin digital healthcare. The programme in Digital healthcare will be offered as an MSc with special focus i.e. MSc in Digital Healthcare (engineering) or MSc in Digital Healthcare (clinical) on a full-time or part-time basis.

A unique feature of the new Masters programme is that students will have different backgrounds and 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. Core modules cover areas including Biomedical Engineering, Evaluation and Research Methods, eHealth Technologies, Contemporary Topics in Digital Healthcare, and Informatics & Information/Communication Technologies.

The MSc is ideal for:

  • Graduates with a numerate background (e.g. engineering, physics, computing or informatics) who wish to launch their career in the growing digital healthcare sector.
  • 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.
  • Graduates in the biomedical and/or life sciences who are interested in applying their knowledge and skills in the clinical practice setting will find the course particularly relevant.

Information about the course structure, core and elective modules, learning outcomes and learning styles, and many other aspects is available at the course website; the downloadable summary document also addresses many aspects.




March 30, 2012 - Posted by | education, ehealth, Europe, research, UK | , , , ,

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