Hands-on in large scale data processing with a special focus on healthcare data
Healthcare, with an already established strong relationship with Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), is continuously expanding the knowledge forefront as new methods of acquiring data concerning the health of human beings are developed.
Processing this data to extract valuable information about a population (epidemiological applications) or the individual (personalised healthcare applications) is the work of health data scientists. Their work has the potential to improve quality of life on a large scale.
MSc Health Data Science course at Swansea University has recognised this trend, and has introduced this one year full-time taught masters programme (three years part-time), designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge required of the Health Data Scientist. The delivery of the programme balances the essential theoretical concepts with a strong emphasis on hands-on involvement by students, to ensure a thorough understanding of the key issues involved in each subject.
This course is now based within the award winning Centres for Excellence for Administrative Data and eHealth Research of Swansea University, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Centre (MRC). This course is delivered in collaboration with high profile staff from the Centre for Health Services Research of the University of Western Australia.
Who should take this course
The course is suitable for those in healthcare with roles involving the analysis of health data, and also computer scientists with experience in working with data from the healthcare domain, as well as biomedical engineers and others.
How to apply for this course
Application is via the University on-line system
For detailed information about the course modules, requirements and how to apply for the course, scholarships and bursaries, please visit Swansea University's Postgraduate Taught Courses or contact Course Lecturer, Athanasios Anastasiou
Students must complete 6 modules of 20 credits each and produce a 60 credits dissertation on a Health Data Science project. Each module of the programme requires a short period of attendance that is augmented by preparatory and reflective material supplied via the course website before and after attendance.
PMIM102 Health Data Science & Scientific Computing in Healthcare
PMIM202 Health Data Manipulation
PMIM302 Analysis of Linked Health Data
PMIM402 Machine Learning Applications in Health Data
PMIM502 Health Data Visualisation
PMIM602 Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
Research dissertation and work-based project internships
NHS and industry internships can form part of the dissertation and work-based project of this course. In partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Wales Informatics Services and Health Boards in Wales, this course is able to offer NHS research opportunities within the NHS Wales Informatics Research Laboratories based at Swansea University. In collaboration with the e-Health Industries Innovation Centre UK, this course offers you a unique opportunity to work with the industries to develop your work-based project that will give you the competitive edge and enhance your future employability.
The internships are beneficial to international students and others who may not have ready access to NHS facilities, and provide invaluable real life industry scenarios that helps you to start networking and making contacts.
Health Data Science is a multi-disciplinary speciality that involves the application of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) to data generated by a variety of sources, including patient generated data, GP systems and Big Data in general.
Health Data Science has the potential to help structure the business of health care more effectively around outcomes, and could transform the practice of medicine.
A Health Data Scientist relies on methods from the basic framework of scientific enquiry to answer research questions about health, and in doing so utilises data analysis. Data Scientists use computational and storage resources to address health related problems.
Health Data Science, although a relatively new discipline within healthcare, will play a significant role in transforming the way in which health care is delivered in the future.
Health Data Scientists are those working in healthcare with roles involving the analysis of health data and also computer scientists working with data from the healthcare domain.
Swansea University Medical School ranked 6th in the UK among all medical schools, up from 11th last year by Complete University Guide 2017.