Part-time online Master: Biomedical Informatics and Data Science

Would you like to continue your education as an expert at the interface between medicine and computer science? The Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and the MIRACUM consortium will be offering the new continuing education online master’s course “Biomedical Informatics and Data Science” from October.

Qualified medical computer scientists are in great demand in all healthcare facilities and the healthcare industry. For this reason, the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and the MIRACUM consortium are offering the new continuing education online master’s program “Biomedical Informatics and Data Science” at. The course is aimed at graduates with a first university degree (bachelor, diploma) in medical informatics, medical documentation, informatics, bioinformatics as well as natural and life sciences or a completed state examination in human, veterinary and dentistry.

Lifelong learning

Irrespective of the course of study, constant further training is necessary in the healthcare system for future demanding qualified activities in IT. This is especially true because of the rapid methodical and technological developments as well as because of the often missing medical knowledge, without which a successful conception, development and introduction of typical medical applications is hardly possible. Without further training, one quickly loses the professional connection these days. For this reason, certified online further education courses in medicine, computer science, medical computer science and bioinformatics will also be offered from the winter semester 2020/21.

The new course is divided into five majors: Medicine, Computer Science, Medical Computer Science, Biomedical Data Science and Management & Social Skills. Internationally recognized lecturers from patient care as well as research and teaching teach the latest methods, techniques and developments.

Master’s degree in Medical Data Science at a glance:

  • Diploma: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Standard period of study | credits: 4 semesters | 90 ECTS
  • Admission requirements: University degree in a relevant field or state examination in human medicine + at least 1 year of professional experience
  • Language: German
  • Organizational form: part-time / 90% online
  • Tuition fee: €17,900.00
  • Next application deadline: n / A
  • Start of studies: winter semester
  • Place of study: Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and online

target group

This advanced master’s degree is aimed at working graduates of medical informatics, medical documentation, informatics, bioinformatics, medicine and natural and life sciences from a medical-related environment who want to expand their skills for technical and professional reasons. Perhaps they would like to work as experts in individualized patient care or in supporting medical and biomedical research. Or they would like to take on management tasks in a managerial position in the future. However, the course is also suitable for all those who want to gain further academic qualifications (e.g. doctorate).

Study part-time

In order to ensure a high degree of compatibility between family, work and further education and to reduce absences from family and work to the bare minimum, 90 percent of the studies are carried out online and 10 percent in the form of attendance. Due to the low synchronous proportions during the online phases, the students can design their learning activities flexibly and largely freely.

The online-based self-study takes place with the help of numerous small multimedia and interactive learning units, which include, for example, lecture recordings, videos, e-scripts, podcasts and self-learning controls. The active application and deepening of knowledge is promoted through continuous individual and collaborative work on learning and exercises as well as through joint exchange in the learning group. The courses are not organized as classic lecturer and input-oriented courses, but support an intensively supervised learning process in extensive personal initiative in a variety of ways.

study structure

The curriculum comprises five majors. Compulsory and elective modules are offered in each major. All modules are worth 5 ECTS points. In four of the five majors, 15 ECTS credits must be achieved. Exceptions to this are the master’s thesis and the master’s colloquium with a total of 30 ECTS points.

The course starts with a complementary introduction for students with different backgrounds, either medical or IT. Graduates with a computer science background and from medical documentation achieve achievements in the “Medicine” module group, but no achievements in the “Informatics” module group. Graduates with a medical background perform in the “Computer Science” module group, but do not perform in the “Medicine” module group. Graduates from the natural and life sciences draw up their curriculum in consultation with the course director. In doing so, all module groups, depending on the previous study, are to be sufficiently taken into account.

In the further course of their studies, the students use the wide range of compulsory electives including project work in the major for individual profile development. Depending on the professional background, there are different courses of study.

Graduates from medical informatics and medical documentation carry out their project work and an elective subject with a focus on “Biomedical Data Science”. Bioinformatics graduates complete their project work and an elective subject with a focus on “Medical Informatics”. Graduates from computer science, medicine and the life and natural sciences in a medical-related environment can choose between the focus areas “medical computer science” or “biomedical data science” for their project work.

job prospects

The course provides you with an overview and a fundamental understanding of topics and trends to promote individualized patient care and the support of medical and biomedical research and their impact on organizations.

You deal with current and relevant concepts, methods, techniques and tools of biomedical informatics and data science in a more in-depth and scientifically sound manner. You will acquire new knowledge and be able to apply it in a practical and evidence-based manner to solve complex problems and in the context of patient care. In addition, they deepen and expand their methodological skills in the area of ​​management and social skills.

During the course of your studies, you will develop your professional attitude towards the subject and you will be prepared to make a contribution to the further development of the subject in science and practice. The course enables you to gain further academic qualifications (e.g. to meet the requirements for doing a doctorate) and prepares you to take on strategic and managerial tasks in the healthcare sector in the future.

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