Master of Science in Digital Health

Master of Science in Digital Health

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Course title Master of Science in Digital Health
Course code PMSCDGHPET1
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Conrad Attard
Stephen Lungaro Mifsud
Delivered by Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
This interdisciplinary postgraduate course exposes students to modern digital technologies that are becoming vital to improve the personal wellbeing and to the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and management of illnesses. Applications on smartphones, wearable sensors and intelligent environment monitoring systems are able to gather personal health data that can be used to facilitate decision-making and in the development of personalised care plans. Healthcare professionals can use this information to support the patients in managing their illness, monitor and support independent living, and deliver therapies. This MSc in Digital Health provides students with the necessary technological expertise together with an understanding of the health landscape to help and support patients, increase staff productivity, management of patient records, reduce errors, extend conventional care, and influence the future of healthcare.

The course is structured in two streams where applicants having a technological background will be introduced to relevant aspects of healthcare, while applicants having a background in health science or life science will be introduced to artificial intelligence, data analysis and programming. A set of core topics is common to both streams and includes group work that will allow students with different backgrounds to learn from a variety of skill sets and apply their knowledge to create innovative digital health solutions.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor’s degree pegged at least at Level 6 on the Malta Qualifications Framework, in an area of study related to health care, ICT or any other area deemed suitable by the Board, awarded by this University or any other higher education institution recognized by Senate
provided that applicants in possession of a degree classified with Third Class Honours or Category III shall be allowed to proceed to the research component subject to the attainment of an average mark of at least 55% in the taught component.

The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the results of an interview conducted for the purpose.

Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
The M.Sc. in Digital Health is a multidisciplinary programme that seeks to give an understanding of the theory, practice and the current trends of modern digital healthcare systems. By the end of the programme the student will be able to:

- propose and advise stakeholders on digital health systems and strategies,
- critically evaluate and develop health policies for digital health,
- evaluate the legal issues surrounding digital health projects and systems
- assess the validity of a digital health system, and manage digital health systems efficiently through problem-solving approaches,
- become a valid asset and a person of reference to any team working on the design, execution, evaluation and maintenance of digital health strategies or projects,
- use effective communication skills adept to boardroom meetings as well as public speaking in digital health,
- handle personal health data confidentially and ethically, while maximising links with professionals from various fields in healthcare, management and research.

Students who have completed the Bachelor's degree within a technology area or health sciences or life sciences and who now wish to pursue specialization in the field of digital health.

Professionals who are working in areas that would benefit from the modernisation of health care delivery.
Graduate professionals who are working in leadership and policy influencing positions within the health and social environment areas. Graduate professionals with a drive to influence technology that may improve health and wellness at a micro-level.

On completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to either embark in lucrative career opportunities and career growth paths within the ICT, healthcare and industry or pursue a research career in academia or within other Research and Development establishments. Career opportunities include healthcare project manager, health data manager, consultant in health/healthcare systems, data analyst, health systems and service designers, application and systems developer, informatics manager, UX designers, clinical information manager and quality assurance manager. Health and medical professionals will find this course invaluable to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their interventions using established and developing technologies while situating themselves in positions that may influence policy.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 16 June 2021

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