UCL Institute of Health Informatics


Modules and degree structure

Details of each module for this programme are listed below:


Dissertation in Health Informatics: All MSc students complete a dissertation or project looking at an aspect of informatics, normally related to their work. This gives students the opportunity to frame their own research questions and carry out a significant piece of research within a real clinical environment. 

Compulsory modules

Essentials of Informatics for Healthcare Systems: This module provides a foundation for understanding health informatics in the wider health landscape and how it impacts on the delivery of healthcare. 

Principles of Health Data Analytics: The module will guide you through the variety of mathematical and statistical techniques commonly used in research to improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of healthcare processes and systems.

Standards and Interoperability: This module examines the latest internationally recognised approaches interoperability, focussing on the expanding roles for the health record and development of electronic health record architectures.

Health Information Systems and Technologies: Health Informaticians need to participate on the development or procurement of health information systems for use by clinicians; patients, public; other professionals and researchers. 

Optional modules

Personal Health Informatics:This module will allow trainees to reflect on current thinking on citizen-driven informatics and the involvement of citizens as co-producers of health.

Learning Health Systems: The aim of this module is to explore the relationship between evidence, quality and learning health systems in healthcare.

Patient Safety: This module provides an applied overview of the field of patient safety drawing on this multidisciplinary literature. 

Usable Health Systems Design: This unit focuses on introducing key factors to be considered when designing and developing usable and effective systems.

Modern Information Engineering: This module builds on the local support for Software Carpentry at UoM and UCL to provide an opportunity for trainees who seek to understand and make appropriate use of modern programming skills and data management technologies. 

Decision Support Systems: The module addresses how decisions are made in healthcare, why decision-making goes wrong and how technology can help improve the process in various measures. 

Digital Transformation Project: This module will consolidate learning and enable the student to plan or perform a piece of work that will result in a digital transformation.