Introduction

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) jointly with the College of Computing and Information Sciences -Makerere (CoCIS) most especially the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) are offering a Masters degree in Health Informatics (MHI) as a fulltime program. The program is designed for individuals who desire to be trained to identify constraints in health information flow, design innovative automated systems to solve them in the shortest time possible in order to inform decision and policy making.

 

The Program Mission and Goal

Mission: To produce practical, gender sensitive health Informaticians who are able to evaluate health systems, and develop innovations to improve information management and utilization in health.

Goal: To produce gender sensitive graduates with skills and competences in application of information and computer science to improve health practice.

Core Competences for the graduate of MHI Program should include:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in basic principles of informatics as applied to different domains of health.
  • Analyse and evaluate health information systems and processes to improve health care.
  • Develop and support solutions to address health issues using technology.
  • Design and undertake gender sensitive research in health informatics and disseminate findings.
  • Analyse, use, interpret and disseminate data/information to improve decision making.
  • Integrate gender, ethical, legal, economic, health policy, and behavioral factors into the application and promotion of health informatics
  • Recognize the language, terminology, ontology, acronyms, coding, and classification systems of healthcare and health informatics.

 

Who can apply?

The program is open to both Ugandans and non-Ugandans, whether living within Uganda or outside the borders of Uganda, who fulfill the minimum admission requirements and should preferably be graduates from Universities recognized by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

 

Admission requirements

  • A degree in any health sciences related field and a demonstrated interest in computing such as a short course, diploma, degree or a working experience in health information systems.
  • A degree in computing field or related degrees such as mathematics, statistics, engineering and geography and demonstrated interest in health.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in any other field but with an additional training in health or computing. The training must have been done in an accredited institution and the trainee must have passed. The course for the additional training should have assigned credit units.
  • Strategies will be undertaken to encourage and enroll female students in the programme.

 

MHI programme duration

The MHI training will take two academic years, consisting of four semesters and one-recess term.  Each semester is 17 weeks, of which 15 weeks are used for teaching and two weeks for examinations.  There will be a recess term taking 10 weeks after the first year.

The students will start with the cross over courses at the beginning of the first semester. These are intended to bring the students of different backgrounds, at par. Those with an IT background will study health care courses and those with a healthcare background will take the basic IT courses. These will be followed by core courses. In second year, students will select from 2 tracks Public health informatics and general Health Informatics.

 

Types of courses

The program consists of didactic courses, practicum and dissertation. The courses in first year will all be compulsory while in second year students will select tracks.

The courses offered are:

Core courses

Year I Semester I

Introduction to Health Care & Health Systems

Introduction to Information Technology

Foundations of Health Informatics

Information Systems Development

Principles of Public Health

Applied Epidemiology I

Research Methods in Health Informatics

Year I Semester II

Applied Biostatistics I

Health Information Systems

Health Informatics Standards and Terminology

Enterprise Architecture for Health Info. Systems

Gender, Law, Ethics, Equity, Policy and Governance in relation to informatics

Scientific Writing & Communication Skills

Year I Recess Term

Practicum and Field Report

Year II Semester I

Track Specific Courses

Track 1 – Health Informatics Track (General)

Clinical Informatics

Security in Health Information Systems

Advanced Programming

Health Analytics

Clinical Decision Support Systems and Workflows in Health

Seminar Series I

Track 2 – Public health informatics track

Applied Biostatistics II

Applied Epidemiology II

Health systems Management and health Informatics

Occupational health and Informatics

Environmental Health and Informatics

Seminar Series I

Year II Semester II

Dissertation

Seminar Series II

 

Elective Courses

In addition to the track specific courses, trainees will elect to take any course of their choice from courses offered in any track

 

Mode of Delivery

A multifaceted approach will be used, employing mainly those methods that encourage a student-centered approach, active learning and acquisition of practical competencies. Integration of knowledge with practical skills and the transfer of concepts from one situation to the other will be emphasized.  Professional identities, Attitudes and Teamwork skills will be developed by working as members of multi-professional teams with graded responsibilities. Competencies will be developed through practical exposure and discussions (experiential learning), reflecting on their own experiences and role modeling.

Other teaching and learning methods shall include; Didactic lectures; tutorials and small group discussions; Seminars and Large group presentations; practical sessions and computer/skills laboratories; Computer Assisted Learning & Practicum Attachment.

 

Staffing

The programme will be run on a multidisciplinary basis using specialists from within the School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT) and outside Makerere University. For example, under Norwegian NORHED health informatics collaboration the two Schools at Makerere University will work with Moi University in Kenya and University of Bergen to share staff who will teach different courses. SPH plans to continue utilizing existing expertise in the entire College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and Ministry of Health (MoH).

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are: Ug. Shs. 5m/= per year for Ugandans, or US $5000 per year for foreign students. Makerere University reserves the right to revise tuition fee rates whenever found necessary. In addition to the tuition fees, students must also meet all other expenses related to: registration fees to the university, examination fees, library and administration, travel and accommodation, a personal computer, stationery, books, field studies, and research costs for the dissertation.

 

How to apply:

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Makerere University School of Graduate Studies, or downloaded from their website.

Contacts: 

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics,

Makerere University School of Public Health,

P.O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda.

Tel. 256-414- 543-872

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