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PU5532: HEALTH INFORMATICS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 07 Jan 2022 12:55


Course Overview

We live in a time of ‘Big Data’ with the rapid growth in the digital capture of health information. Health Informatics is the science of data capture, linkage and analysis of large datasets to improve health. The demand for health researchers with training and experience in health informatics is high. For people practicing in Public Health, it is a key skill. It will equip students for any career in health research or public health practice and this course is an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to develop a specialist interest in the field.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Lesley Anderson
  • Professor Corri Black

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The aim of the course is to support students to critically understand the breadth of Health Informatics, the opportunities to utilise health informatics research to benefit public health and healthcare, the legal and ethical challenges and key methodological considerations.

The course covers the core concepts of health informatics research including data sources, data gathering, data quality, ethics and governance, linkage, and data specification. It will prepare students with the core skills and knowledge that will be required to undertake basic data linkage and health informatics research. Exemplars will be used to support discussions of the breath of health informatics research.

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the relevance of health informatics in research and to public health and care
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, confidentiality, data protection and information governance issues relating to Health Informatics Research and population statistics
  3. Identify key data resources for understanding health
  4. Undertake and understand the principles of data linkage
  5. Produce a data specification for a data linkage study

Summative Assessments

Final Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyUnderstand and apply health informatics in research and to public health and care
ProceduralCreateCreate a data specification for a data linkage study
ProceduralEvaluateUnderstand and apply the principles of data linkage
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate key data resources for understanding health
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstand and evaluate the ethical, confidentiality, data protection and information governance issues relating to Health Informatics Research and population statistics

Online Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Formative Assessment

Developing a Research Question

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Resit Assessments

Oral Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyUnderstand and apply health informatics in research and to public health and care
ProceduralCreateCreate a data specification for a data linkage study
ProceduralEvaluateUnderstand and apply the principles of data linkage
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate key data resources for understanding health
ReflectionEvaluateUnderstand and evaluate the ethical, confidentiality, data protection and information governance issues relating to Health Informatics Research and population statistics

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