Be at the forefront of the fastest growing specialty in health care and become a professional health informatician

Under normal circumstances, the ASDL course run at St John’s Research Institute in collaboration with Swansea University Medical School, would run in line with the usual academic year of September to September. As an exception, and to allow for students to enrol and prepare, the start date for the next cohort of students wishing to join us from Bangalore will be January 2021. Students will commence studies in January 2021 and undertake the two year part time option, finishing in January 2023.

Course overview

This course is delivered by Swansea University in the UK, exclusively through Active Synchronous Distance Learning (ASDL), for students studying in India.

The MSc in Health Informatics Active Synchronous Distance Learning (ASDL) is allied with the MSc in Health Informatics at Swansea University, which was established in 2001 and has an international reputation for excellence. It is an intensive two year part time course designed exclusively for healthcare professionals and those who want to increase their knowledge and skills in health informatics, and graduates preparing for a career in health informatics.

The distance learning programme will be delivered by Swansea University Medical School’s health informatics teaching team through videoconferencing facilities located in St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore* which will provide active synchronous learning, giving the ‘real-time’ experience of studying in the lecture rooms right alongside students at Swansea University in the UK.

The distance learning programme uses state-of-the-art technologies and has a strong focus on practical experience in the classroom. It is strongly linked with National Health Service organisations and industry within the Life Science sector in the UK.

Students successfully completing the Active Synchronous Distance Learning course and online assessments will be awarded a Swansea University’s MSc degree in Health Informatics.

*This course will be delivered simultaneously to an interactive class room at Swansea University in the UK and all students are required to participate. Using video conferencing facilities allows live interaction between health informatics students studying at Swansea with students studying in India, and enhances the learning experience for both cohorts.

The Active Synchronous Distance Learning (ASDL) classes will be organized at SJRI for 3 weeks in a year for the MSc Health Informatics students.  The Students admitted will need to be physically present for these sessions for an enhanced interactive experience with the Swansea University faculty and other students. The sessions will be organized in a designated digital classroom at SJRI, which has been approved by the Swansea University.

To minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19, SJRI has implemented various safety measures on campus.  These include:

  1. Providing a large well-ventilated classroom, with adequate physical distancing ensuring at least two to three meter physical separation between students.
  2. Ensuring a maximum of five students per classroom.
  3. Frequent disinfection procedures of common areas and touch points such as door and door handles, floors, seats, toilets or any other equipment at the classroom.
  4. Mandatory temperature checks and screening, twice a day.
  5. Mandatory use of face masks or face coverings at all times on campus.
  6. Mandatory use of hand sanitizers before entry into classrooms.
  7. Minimize the use of paper documents during the course and encourage digital applications.
  8. Availability of an immediate quarantine zone, if individuals develop symptoms when in campus.
  9. COVID-19 screening and testing facilities have been setup as per Govt. of India norms on campus.

All other guidelines that may be announced from time-to-time and stipulated by the Central and State Governments in India will apply to St. John’s Research Institute.

The Swansea University’s MSc in Health Informatics delivered through Active Synchronous Distance Learning in India, is a 180 credits postgraduate, UK postgraduate taught master’s programme.

The duration of the distance learning programme is two years part time with minimum attendance requirements for the Active Synchronous Distance Learning sessions and the course runs from September to September each academic year. The course aims to increase knowledge in the domain, to help shape a career path in health informatics, whilst equipping those who want to become a professional health informatician with enhanced skills.

Students must complete 6 modules (5 core and 1 further core module from a choice of two) to earn a minimum of 120 credits in total in Part One and produce a dissertation on a relevant health informatics topic in Part Two (60 credits) to graduate.

Students are required to attend the Active Synchronous Distance Learning sessions facilitated through the Division of Medical Informatics, SJRI in Bangalore for 1 week (5 consecutive days) for each module in Part One. This will be augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after the module. Attendance during Part Two is negotiated with the nominated supervisor (and will be facilitated remotely).

The core modules and the dissertation are compulsory, and must be completed when undertaking the programme. Each module develops students’ research skills in relation to the topics covered.

Module Code Module Name Credits Date
Year One*
PMIM101 Health Informatics in Context 20 January 2021
PMIM401 Systems and Technologies 20 February 2021
PMIM201 Communications and Coding 20 April 2021
*At the end of YEAR ONE, students are expected to complete a Review of the Literature which relates to their chosen dissertation topic.
Year Two*
PMIM501 Knowledge Management 20 January 2022
PMIM301 Using Secondary Health Data 20 February 2022
PMIM601 Health Informatics Research 20 February 2022
** At the end of YEAR TWO, students are expected to complete a publication ready paper which relates to their chosen dissertation, as well as delivering an oral presentation to a small panel of academics. This will be based on the following modules:
YEAR TWO DISSERTATION
PMIM701 Health Informatics Research Dissertation
(Students must have completed PMIM601)
60 January 2021 - November 2022
TOTAL CREDITS = 180

This Active Synchronous Distance Learning course is suitable for current informaticians, those working in the health and healthcare sector, and graduates preparing for a career in health informatics.

Applicants from non-graduates with domain experience are welcome but must be working at a senior level.

Job profiles include but are not restricted to:

  • Health professionals operating within all branches of health care including medicine, surgery, dentistry, midwifery, pharmacy, psychology, nursing, physiotherapists, community health, pharmacists and allied health professionals (Laboratory, Perfusion and Radiographic Technician).
  • Ayurvedic professionals
  • Health information technologists
  • Clinical information managers
  • System developers
  • Dietician and nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Medico Social workers, health economists and biostatisticians
  • Biomedical engineers
  • Hospital managers and administrators
  • Health data analysts
  • Health researchers

Swansea University’s two year part time MSc in Health Informatics ASDL will accept up to 10 students per intake.

£8,588.00 per course (for two years)

  • Only Indian nationals can apply to study Swansea University’s two-year MSc in Health Informatics ASDL. Foreign nationals or non-resident Indians can apply directly to Swansea University to study the MSc in Health Informatics course at Swansea University, UK.
  • A good general understanding of what health informatics is, and experience in the field is preferred.
  • Admission to this course is normally on the basis of UK Honours Degree Grade 2:2 or above or an equivalent qualification (i.e. Bachelor’s degree 50% and above in India) for overseas applicants. Undergraduates of any of the following cognate disciplines should consider applying for this course:
    - Healthcare Professionals / Management / Technology
    - Health Information / Data Management
    - Medical / Clinical Records / Clinical Coding
    - ICT and Computer / Health / Social / Sports Science
    - Health Economics
    - Nursing / Social Work / Care
    - Business Administration / Management and Statistical Analysis
  • Non-graduates are also welcomed to apply. All applications are considered on individual merit, taking into account of any relevant work experience. Should you have qualifications below the required minimum or lack a suitable first degree, please feel encouraged to submit an application if you have at least two years of experience in health informatics or related fields, at a senior level and can demonstrate this within your application.
  • Applicants who are not first-language English speakers must provide one of the following qualifications:
    IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each part), or have obtained 75% and above for All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard 12) from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) or Indian School Certificate (ISC) from Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), within the three and a half years from graduation.

    If you hold one of the approved tests or qualifications listed above which met standard programme requirements, but it was obtained outside the valid period it may still be possible to accept you if you have continued to study or work in the medium of English since taking the test. You will have to demonstrate that you have maintained the level of English, and will require to provide evidence to confirm.

If you wish to study for the Swansea University’s two year part time MSc in Health Informatics ASDL course and find out about your eligibility, please contact Deputy Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics at Swansea University, Judy Jenkins.

Email: j.jenkins@swansea.ac.uk

For any other enquiries about the ASDL course, please contact Head of Marketing, Engagement & Communication, Stephanie Lee.

Email: s.y.h.lee@swansea.ac.uk

About Swansea University

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Swansea University Medical School

Swansea University Medical School is a UK top three Medical School which educates and trains the next generation of doctors, life scientists, health professionals, innovators, educators, researchers and leaders. The courses are built on its excellent research ranked first for the quality of its research environment and second for overall research quality in the UK.

Swansea University Medical School has an outstanding record and world renowned reputation for excellence in health informatics through an extensive tradition of health informatics teaching. It plays a vital role in the research infrastructure for Wales in the UK. It has active collaborations throughout the UK, with links across academia, industry and the National Health Services, as well as many international partnerships.

The Health Informatics programme is based within the award-winning Centre for Excellence for Health Data Research UK, awarded by the Medical Research Council and the Centre for Excellence for Innovative Administrative Data Research awarded by the Economic Social and Research Council in the UK.

About St. John’s Research Institute

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI), is a research institution established in the year 2004 and a part of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore. It was set up with a commitment to pursue excellence in research and to build capacities in health-related research. The mission of SJRI is to make a significant impact on Lifestyle Related Disorders, Infectious Diseases and Cancer in India through research, promotion of evidence-based health care, population health research initiatives and training.

Division of Medical Informatics

The Division of Medical Informatics (DMI) at SJRI envisages to create a Centre for Excellence in Medical Informatics, to drive healthcare innovations using healthcare IT and to improve healthcare outcomes with meaningful use of data. The DMI is also fostering training of healthcare professionals in the field of heath informatics for various certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate courses run by the Academy. The Active Synchronous Distance Learning course delivered by Swansea University Medical School, will be enabled using facilities available at the DMI, St. John’s Research Institute.

The facilities available at SJRI include classroom, laboratory space, learning facilities (physical and digital), research facilities, access to the SJRI network, library, and social and study space.


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