Graduate Diploma Healthcare Informatics

Course Features

  • Enables students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and utilise tools of medical informatics.
  • Flexible approach to teaching and learning to accommodate busy clinicians.
  • Students who achieve acceptable grades in this programme may proceed to take the MSc in Healthcare Informatics.

Course Overview

Information management and the utilisation of associated technology is becoming a major activity of the healthcare professional. This course is directed at medical practitioners, those in allied professions and also at those working in ICT areas in the health sector.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is primarily targeted towards:
  • Medical practitioners
  • Those working in allied professions 
  • ICT professionals working in the health sector

What Will I Learn?

Course overview

Information management and the utilisation of associated technology is becoming a major activity of the healthcare professional. Our courses are designed to train graduates in medical and allied professions in healthcare informatics.

Course content (30 credits)

Semester 1

  • This course will comprise a taught course run over a number of Saturdays and a number of full days in November and December (dates to be confirmed), self-directed online learning incorporating the HITS Course from ICS Skills / Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland and project work.
  • The semester coursework will comprise six 5-credit modules.

Semester 2

  • This semester will comprise a taught course run over 1 week full-time and 4 afternoons, self-directed online learning, group and personal project work. Successful students can either be awarded the Graduate Diploma or progress to the MSc in Medicine (Healthcare Informatics).
  • The semester coursework will comprise three 5-credit modules and one 15-credit “options” module.

Master of Science (Healthcare Informatics)

MSc (Healthcare Informatics) (30 credits)

  • This course will comprise 5 hours lectures and a supervised research project, the topic for which will be agreed in advance. It will be examined by dissertation. It will be taken either as three-month full time during the Summer or as 2 semesters part-time.

Course content (30 Credits)

Semester 1

This will comprise a taught course run over 1 week full-time and 4 afternoons, self-directed online learning incorporating the HITS Course from ICS Skills / Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland and project work.

Module 1

  • Introduction to ICT: Use of a personal computer, introduction to Operating System, Applications Software (Use of Word processing and spreadsheet software) (5 credits)

Module 2

  • Medical information: Use of pub-med, online databases, e-journals. Introduction to networks, networks in healthcare, Presentation software (5 credits)

Module 3

  • Data, information, knowledge – managing information in healthcare, security, privacy and confidentiality. (5 credits)

Module 4

  • Systems in Healthcare – Administrative, clinical, human resources management, etc. (5 credits)

Module 5

  • Medical records – paper and electronic records. (5 credits)

Module 6

  • Special applications – Radiology (DICOM), Decisions support systems, Expert systems, etc. (5 credits)

Semester 2

This course will comprise a taught course run over 1 week full-time and 4 afternoons, self-directed online learning, group and personal project work. Successful students can either be awarded the Graduate Diploma or progress to the MSc in Medicine (Healthcare Informatics).

Module 1

  • Graphics: Introduction to Photoshop, Image manipulation, (5 credits)

Module 2

  • Databases, Evidence based medicine (5 credits)

Module 3

  • Interoperability, standards. Introduction to XML, HL7. (5 credits)

Module 4

  • Option from eLearning / web development, digital Clinical photography, digital clinical video production, Radiology, Bioinformatics, others (15 credits)

MSc (Healthcare Informatics) (30 credits)

  • This course will comprise 5 hours lectures and a supervised research project, the topic for which will be agreed in advance. It will be examined by dissertation. It will be taken either as three-month full time during the Summer or as 2 semesters part-time. More information >>

Am I Eligible for this Course?

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates should possess a primary University degree in Medicine or in an allied profession, or a primary degree in the area of Information Technology and experience working in the healthcare industry.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.

Application Details

Important dates

  • The next intake for Graduate Diploma Healthcare Informatics is September 2014.

Apply Online

  • Click on the www.ucd.ie/apply link and follow the steps outlined.
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” is Sept 2013 - 2014.
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Healthcare Informatics P/T (Grad Dip in Med) X264. The corresponding fee will be applied.
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section.
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: applications@ucd.ie or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Course Fees

  • EU Fee - €8,000 (Full-time)
  • Part-time and non-EU fee options are available on request.
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.

Last Updated: 9th September 2014

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator

Dr. Pat Felle

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
Epatrick.felle@ucd.ie

Mr Steven Masterton

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6634
Emed.informatics@ucd.ie