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Health Informatics programme combines expertise and technology

13 June 2007

The UCL Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME) has created an innovative teaching method for its MSc Health Informatics.

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From September 2007 the programme will be delivered via blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face teaching techniques.Designed to offer optimal flexibility for students, the programme has been created for professionals and decision-makers wishing to contribute to the development of high quality healthcare in a technologically advanced and information rich society.

The blended learning programme means that significant portions of the course are completed online, reducing attendance at UCL from three days per month to three block days per module. Teaching material is delivered in a virtual learning environment comprising tutorials, chat rooms and other web-based tools. Students can also access professional health databases, hold discussions and submit assignments online.

The new format combines UCL CHIME's proven heritage in delivering world-class, industry-relevant teaching with the benefits of advanced, effective learning techniques. Students will be exposed to the breadth and depth of UCL's academic expertise supported by leading edge research. This combination supports the consideration of fundamental principles in the context of emerging theories and applications.

Professor David Ingram, Director of CHIME, explained: "The new programme retains the high standard of academic experience for which UCL is renowned, but without the need to attend every month. Our aim is to make the course more flexible and accessible to a wide range of healthcare professionals. New teaching techniques mean that studying for the MSc can now be combined with existing career or personal commitments."

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Image: Prospective students meeting centre staff at the 2006 open evening