About the Course

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

Data modelling is an integral part of efficient computation because it transforms physical entities (e.g. a Blood Pressure) into computable entities. The modern healthcare environment poses many challenges and opportunities for data modelling from representing simple, spreadsheet-like data like those of the NHS – Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) to more complex situations like those of Clinical Trials.

In this course, students begin their journey from the world of relational databases and SQL and augment their knowledge with additional ways of representing relationships, such as inheritance and complex associations. These concepts are then made concrete through practical work with data models that include (but are not limited to) object-relational, document oriented, XML and Graph based data models. This knowledge is complemented by practical work in contemporary data models used in healthcare such as CDISC-ODM, Health Level 7 (HL7) and openEHR and their relationship with the NHS Data Model and Dictionary.

Learning Outcomes

The course focuses on demonstrating the key principles of data modelling and the broad structural patterns that govern the majority of database management systems in use today. In this way, the expository examples provided are easily transferable to emerging technologies.

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for researchers and other health professionals who have had some experience with relational databases and SQL before but would be interested in getting up to speed quickly with the current state of the art in database management systems that are used in healthcare.

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.

Course Pre-requisites

Basic ICT skills, knowledge of the healthcare environment and some prior experience with SQL are essential for participants to engage with the content of the course. Research experience is desirable but not essential.

Please note that a laptop computer is essential for the delivery of this module.

Course Credits

The “Health Data Modeling” module (PMIM102), carries 20 postgraduate level credits and these are awarded on completion of the module’s assessment.

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 602874