About the Course

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

Students will study data quality and management, secondary uses of clinical data, service improvement and clinical audit. Academic skills are developed and enhanced by an introduction to quantitative research methodologies. Students will be introduced to statistical software such as SPSS.

The module covers the following topics:

  • Policy development in the NHS
  • Risk analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Secondary Data 
  • Clinical Audit
  • Service improvement & process re-engineering
  • Principles of data analysis
  • Using data analysis software
  • Quantitative research methods

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically discuss the importance of data quality and how it can be ensured.
  2. Critically compare common uses of clinical data for purposes other than direct patient care (i.e. secondary uses).
  3. Critically assess the impact of clinical audit in the NHS.
  4. Critically appraise the principles and techniques of service improvement/process re-engineering.
  5. Critically evaluate the main quantitative research methods used in health research.
  6. Critically analyse simple data sets using statistical software such as SPSS.

Who Should Attend

This is a technical course designed for beginners or individuals who may have had some involvement with databases through typical roles in a data analysis environment and are seeking to expand their knowledge and understanding of manipulating healthcare related data through relational databases.

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 Using Secondary Health Data (Module PMIM 301) 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