University College London has re-launched its MSc Health Informatics for those involved in healthcare IT using e-learning techniques.

The Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education (CHIME) at UCL, which runs the course said that from September 2007, the programme will be delivered via blended learning to offer maximum flexibility for students.

The blended learning programme allows for significant portions of the course to be completed online. Teaching material is delivered via a virtual learning environment comprising tutorials, chat rooms and other web-based tools. And students can access professional health databases, hold discussions and submit assignments online.

David Ingram, director of CHIME said: “The re-launched MSc Health Informatics retains the high standard of academic experience for which UCL is renowned, but without the need to attend every month. Our aim is to make the course more flexible and accessible to a wide range of healthcare professionals. New teaching techniques mean that studying for the MSc can now be combined with existing career or personal commitments.”

The MSc is designed for those like clinicians and IT or IS professionals and decision-makers who are interested by the development of high quality healthcare in a technologically advanced and information rich society, according to CHIME. It also said the course will cover many of the health informatics challenges currently being tackled by national electronic health programmes across the globe, like the NHS national IT programme in the UK.

Students will study clinical information and healthcare record systems, evaluation methods, the creation of online educational resource and health knowledge management and decision support systems, among other areas.

A limited number of part-funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) studentships are available to UK or European Union students. Applications for the September 2007 intake need to be submitted by 31 July.

For additional information visit the Centre’s website.