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Information Systems (Health Information Management) Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2016
January 2017
Part time 2–3 years September 2016
January 2017

Choose Kingston's Information Systems (Health Information Management) MSc

Information systems, when used effectively, can give a business or organisation the competitive edge. They can also transform businesses, restructure organisations and streamline business processes. This course seeks to address the shortage of people who can operate at the interface of business and IT, and offers the chance to study a spectrum of relevant business and technical subjects.

Key features

  • The career-enhancing programme is designed to build on your previous experience and education and allow you to tailor your learning to suit your individual career development, industry background and requirements of your organisation.
  • An industrial advisory board advises on all aspects of the curriculum to ensure that new concepts are introduced and that the course continues to meet the needs of business and industry.
  • The Health Information Management pathway is more than health informatics, and aims to produce future leaders in health information management.

What will you study?

You will study the design, development and management of information systems to enable you to recognise and accommodate the increased rate of change and instability in the business and information environment created by social, economic, political and technical changes. You will gain an understanding of how information is used within an organisation, who uses it, the nature of the information, how it relates to decision making and how it contributes to organisational goals and objectives.

The effective use of health information systems has the potential to dramatically improve health services. There is a strong demand for well-qualified information professionals in a wide range of health-related settings; this course is designed to produce talented and visionary leaders to shape the future health information strategy and successfully lead health informatics projects and teams. Teaching focuses on the knowledge and skills that will be required by the NHS Information Strategy, preparing you for managerial positions in hospitals, practice management and primary care.

You will develop management and leadership skills by studying the fundamental concepts of business, financial resource management, health information strategy, health information governance, systems analysis and design, analysis and presentation of health data and database design and management. You will have the opportunity to improve your practical skills so that you can plan and manage complex health informatics projects and implement changes within the evolving healthcare environment. Throughout the course you will consider the impact of health information systems upon individuals and teams within the healthcare environment.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, research project/dissertation.

Course structure

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

  • The module focuses on various components of modelling an Enterprise Architecture. It deals with modelling the business and the underlying information and software system to support the business. It follows the object-oriented paradigm for the development lifecycle, and utilises UML as the modelling language. Indicative contents include aspects of enterprise architectures, business analysis, business modelling, business process reengineering, requirements engineering, object oriented concepts and principles and UML.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Critically evaluate and utilise a specific enterprise architecture framework.
    • Apply the principles of requirements engineering to capture, priorities, model and document functional and non-functional requirements, whilst appropriately collaborating with relevant stakeholders.
    • Perform business analysis and business process reengineering to develop business models.
    • Critically evaluate and utilise a software development lifecycle.
    • Apply object oriented development concepts, tools and techniques utilising the UML modelling language.
    • Critically evaluate and utilise resaerch methods, tools and techniques, taking into account legal, professional and ethical issues in the development of information and software systems.
     
  • This core module looks at ways organisations manage, store and secure data. Different approaches and methods will be explored to model data requirements into entity-relationship diagrams, logical diagrams and normalisation.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain the fundamental concepts of data modelling and database design and implementation.
    • Translate process models and systems requirement models into a database design using class diagrams and entity relationship diagrams and write SQL statements for the definition, access and control of data.
    • Evaluate different approaches to the storage and management of unstructured data such as images and multimedia data.
    • Critically asses information governance within the context of different organisations.
    • Describe and deploy data encryption techniques suitable for encrypting, signing and protecting data and highlight their correct usages and understand the principles and techniques of steganography, and how these can be used.
    • Evaluate the security risks presented by computer networks and understand the role of vulnerability assessment tools and other security-related software and be able to put them to use and design and deploy a firewall to secure a network.
     
  • The new health information strategy and the role of contemporary integrated information systems in health are examined in depth. Developing methods and techniques to investigate problematic situations and evaluate health systems to include: ehealth, mobile health and telemedicine applications.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the role of information and communication technology within the context of the healthcare industry and link the information strategy with the healthcare system strategy.
    • Explain the nature of contemporary information technology tools that are able to support the information strategy.
    • Use methods and tools to investigate problematic situations, design solutions to evaluate and design, as well as impact of health information systems.
    • Discuss and compare different coding systems used in healthcare environment and their applicability in managing clinical databases and patient codes.
    • Demonstrate skills and ability to analyze and manage clinical databases.
    • Select and use appropriate statistical tools and software for the analysis and presentation of qualitative and quantitative data.
     
  • This module runs on Saturdays.

    This module is aimed at the practical needs of students from different academic contexts such as, but not limited to computing, science, medicine, biotechnology and the health services who are aspiring team leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs in business within the context of the commercial, public, voluntary, or academic sector.

    The module introduces and uses activities and problem-solving to investigate business topics ranging from finance, accounting, budgeting, and marketing, to organisational management by developing the leadership skills to meet business challenges and cope with its complexity.

     
  • This module constitutes the major individual piece of work of the masters programme where you will carry out a project involving independent critical research, design and implementation (where applicable).

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Select, justify and use effectively the research methods and techniques appropriate for particular cases in order to carry out a literature search and an independent work of research.
    • Critically identify the need to position your research in the wider academic or business context and structure the dissertation format to agreed conventions.
    • Plan, manage and critically evaluate the project using the techniques and tools needed in order to bring it in successfully on time and within resourcing limits.
    • Identify and critically analyse real-world problems or knowledge gaps to which academic concepts and methods can be realistically applied to improve or resolve the problem situation.
    • Apply skills to show an ability to engage in academic and professional communication with others in their field through report and presentation.
    • Present critical awareness in applying appropriate legal, social or ethical obligations and when required, respond to the financial and other constraints of a corresponding business environment.
     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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For further information:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4546
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Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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