The MSc in Digital Health explores how healthcare is being transformed through data analysis and digital technologies. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of digital health principles and practice and learn applied skills needed in digital health roles.
- Introduces key questions and concepts in digital health, providing a comprehensive overview of the field.
- Explores digital health practice and applied skills needed in digital health roles.
- Interdisciplinary character allows you to use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate your studies.
- Integrated training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability.
- Links with National Health Service (NHS) colleagues and industrial partners provides real-world connections to digital health practice.
Digital technology is transforming healthcare. It is helping to make healthcare settings more efficient and better able to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients, thereby improving patients’ quality of life. That transformation is creating a need for professionals who understand existing medical technologies and who have the skills and expertise to develop new technologies, analyse medical data, and inform policy on medical data analysis. Students from the MSc in Digital Health will be able to fill those roles.
The degree covers both the principles and the practice of digital health. Practical components are, in part, taught through hands-on workshops led by digital health researchers. Specific attention is paid to training in bioinformatics and the modelling and analysis of medical data such as patient records and medical images. Theoretical learning is applied to real-world case studies, and you will develop an understanding of practitioner and industry perspectives on digital health. The degree also looks at the ethics and governance of digital health.
The MSc in Digital Health has close links with the Sir James Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis. The Institute brings together researchers from a range of disciplines and builds on St Andrews’ international reputation in digital diagnosis, health data research, and biophotonics. These links will bring you into contact with current digital health research, giving your studies a remarkable richness and depth.
The degree includes an integrated training programme. The training programme connects your academic learning with the development of professional competencies that enhance employability. The training programme brings together postgraduates from all Graduate School Masters degrees, helping you to make new interdisciplinary connections and providing a supportive social aspect to the Graduate School community.
The MSc degree is a one-year full-time programme. Students complete one compulsory module in Semester 1 (September to December) and a second compulsory module in Semester 2 (January to June). Students take one or two optional modules in each semester. The period during June to August is used to complete the summer research project.
The MSc degree involves both independent and group study and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical exercises. Most modules are assessed through coursework including written assignments, case study exercises, and presentations.
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