About the Course

We next expect to offer this course as CPD in academic year 2018/2019.

In this module, students will study the skills required by the professional health informatician including an introduction to information governance, privacy, and the maintenance of confidentiality, data security, legislation, ethical considerations, and current UK and global eHealth strategies. Students will also begin to develop their academic skills in literature searching, the critical evaluation of research literature and reflective practice.

The course covers the following topics:

  • The development of the NHS
  • National Strategies and Policies (past, present and future)
  • Social and ethical implications of health informatics
  • Academic writing 
  • Information governance
  • Professional bodies
  • Searching and evaluating literature
  • Legal issues in health informatics
  • Data security
  • The research process

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the development of the health informatics profession.
  2. Critically analyse the issues affecting individual privacy and the maintenance of confidentiality.
  3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current legislation on data protection.
  4. Critically assess the ethical and social considerations of health informatics projects.
  5. Critically evaluate the impact of current UK and international eHealth strategies.
  6. Apply a framework for evaluating research literature
  7. Apply the principles of reflection in professional practice
  8. Determine the key components required of academic writing

Course Delivered by

Associate Professor Tony Paget

Tony Paget - Lecturer PortraitTony Paget’s background was in psychiatric nursing, but took an early interest in health informatics via participating, then organising the European Summer School of Nursing Informatics through the 1990s. He has been a qualified higher education teacher since 1998 and helped design Swansea University’s successful MSc in health informatics in 1999. He became the course director in 2011.





Judy Jenkins

Judy Jenkins - Lecturer PortraitJudy Jenkins is an experienced and articulate educator. She has been working in academia since 1993, following 10 years in the NHS in a variety of managerial positions and is now a senior member of the health informatics group in the School of Medicine.  Judy holds an MSc in Health Informatics, a PGCE in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.   Her specialist subjects and areas of interest are clinical coding, secondary use of data, leadership and project management, and is module leader for several of the modules on the MSc in Health Informatics which relate to her areas of expertise.

Course Pre-requisites

If you have any queries about the entry requirements, please contact the admissions tutor Judy Jenkins.


Course Credits

The Health Informatics in Context (Module PMIM 101) carries 20 Masters Level Credits and these are awarded on completion of a successful assignment.

However, students who wish to attend for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes only will omit the assessment and be given a Certificate of Completion.

Course Fees

The course fees for EU/UK students for this module are £695.00.

International students please enquire for further details of course fees.

Applications are currently closed.

Contact Us

Course Enquiries:
Tony Paget
Associate Professor & Course Director
MSc Health Informatics, MSc Health Data Science and MRes Health Informatics

Marketing Enquiries:
Stephanie Lee

Data Science Building, Swansea University Medical School, Singleton Park, SWANSEA SA2 8PP, Wales, UK

+44 (0)1792 60 6292