Digital technologies and methodologies are considered by healthcare providers worldwide as key to meeting the significant challenges in delivering healthcare in today’s society. This has created a pressing need for a bright, well-educated and flexible workforce capable of using, evaluating and designing these technologies, with a thorough understanding of the clinical, engineering, ethical and social constraints surrounding them.
Digital healthcare concerns the development of interconnected health systems to promote the use and advancement of smart devices, new technologies, analysis techniques and communication media to help professionals and patients manage illness, enhance the performance of patient monitoring devices, improve clinical education, manage healthcare risks and promote wellbeing.
The Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, University of Warwick has developed this innovative Masters programme – we believe the first in the world to authoritatively review all these issues and enable students to synthesise them into a comprehensive, coherent and career-advancing experience. The MSc will give our students the skills needed to drive, manage and evaluate the advances in technology and methods that underpin digital healthcare.
You will work in supervised multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex real-world problems. The course will be taught using a flexible framework, with an Engineering Specialism available.
- Graduates with a numerate background (eg. engineering, physics, computing or informatics) who wish to launch their career in the growing digital healthcare sector by developing biomedical and healthcare system engineering skills working with healthcare technology
- 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.
- Those exploring or pursuing a PhD or research career in digital healthcare, eHealth, health or medical informatics, to advance their understanding of the principles underlying these important new technologies and how to study them
|Biomedical Engineering||Evaluation and Research Methods|
|eHealth Technologies||Contemporary Topics in Digital Healthcare|
|Informatics & Information/Communication Technologies|
Digital Healthcare with Engineering Specialism
Highly numerate students wishing to be awarded MSc in Digital Healthcare with Engineering Specialism will need to take the following three modules as core in addition to those above.
|Engineering Core Modules|
|MATLAB Programming||Biomedical Signal Processing|
|Introduction to Physiological Modelling|
In total students take a total of 10 modules. The remaining 5 modules (or 2 for those opting for the Engineering Specialism) should be chosen from the broad selection of WMG Master's modules.
The project is worth 50% of the final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills. For those students wishing to obtain a Master’s degree, the dissertation project will address a current research topic or the evaluation of an emerging technology or method in digital healthcare. For example:
- Developing new neuroimaging diagnostic and evaluation tools for neurosensory rehabilitation.
- The use of monitoring and communication devices supporting people in their own homes.
- The development of new platforms to measure, analyse and communicate health data to support healthcare and promote wellbeing.
- Meeting the information and training needs of clinicians and healthcare technologists.
Expert, highly research-active staff will support students by helping them find a relevant topic to study, draft a project proposal, obtain ethical permission where necessary and provide appropriate supervision for their project. Often the research topic will form part of the existing research areas already active within the IDH, ensuring that the student is working within an existing research team and environment and has access to the resource of the International Digital Laboratory and wider University. The IDH also has close links with many local and distant healthcare organisations and companies, small and large, which are keen to provide projects and co-supervise students.
The course will be taught using a flexible framework, allowing students to either chose an engineering specialism or focus on more complementary management modules from WMG's full portfolio.
Each module will usually last one week and students will learn through active participation. A multi-disciplinary group problem-based learning approach is used throughout the MSc. This means that, after an introduction to the core subjects of each topic area, students will be posed a series of challenges and questions to work on in small multi-disciplinary groups. Each group will be supervised by experienced teachers, and have access to all relevant data, IT, devices and other resources, culminating in an individual report or presentation.
This course will allow an informed assessment of competing digital technologies and understanding of the impacts on healthcare such a technology or service might bring.
If you have questions about this course, you can contact the Admissions Office: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)24 7657 4470