Study part-time: Master’s degree in medical informatics at UMIT Tirol

Would you like to continue your education and become an expert in digitization in the healthcare sector? From autumn 2021, the Tyrolean private university UMIT will be offering the continuing education master’s degree in medical informatics.

Qualified medical computer scientists are in great demand in all healthcare facilities and the healthcare industry. For this reason, from autumn 2021, UMIT Tirol will be offering the new advanced master’s degree “Medical Informatics” at. The course is aimed at graduates with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

The past year has once again impressively demonstrated the enormous opportunities of digitization in the healthcare sector. Applications such as virtual visits to the doctor, mobile health apps, intelligent and networked patient files or “AI” for decision support are essential for sustainable health care. New powerful methods of analyzing health-related data enable deep insights for medical research (“data science”). These developments will sustainably advance the healthcare system of the future and change healthcare.

Medical informatics is the key discipline for these developments and thus much more than “computers in healthcare”. It describes how medical information and clinical knowledge is created, how it is shared and how it is used meaningfully in patient care and research. Medical informatics drives the development of healthcare significantly and is as important today as anatomy and pathology were in the last century.

5 reasons for studying at the private university in Tyrol

  1. The UMIT Tirol can do medical informatics, and has been for 20 years – the graduates work in top positions nationally and internationally.
  2. It brings science and practice together – the students benefit from a broad network of cooperation partners from industry, healthcare and research.
  3. Students are not numbers, but part of a motivated team – students learn and teach in small groups with committed students and teachers and maintain direct contact with each other.
  4. Students are on the safe side – the quality of the course has already been checked and officially confirmed by the European Federation of Medical Informatics, the European Society for Medical Informatics. State accreditation by AQ Austria has already been applied for.
  5. The private university thinks outside the box – English as the language of study, opportunities for a semester abroad at partner universities and renowned teachers offer excellent national and international career prospects in diverse, exciting and future-proof professional fields.

Master’s degree in Medical Informatics at a glance:

  • Diploma: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Standard period of study | credits: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Admission requirements: University degree in a relevant subject + admission interview
  • Language: English
  • Organizational form: blended-learning (classroom days + online)
  • Tuition fees per semester: €490.00
  • Next application deadline: n / A
  • Start of studies: winter semester
  • Place of study: UMIT TIROL and online-supported

target group

The following group of people can be admitted to study medical informatics:

  • Bachelor graduates in medical informatics who now want to continue their education in a scientifically oriented manner and with the ability to do a doctorate;
  • Bachelor graduates in computer science who see their professional future in the healthcare sector and are therefore now looking for scientifically sound training in medical computer science (with the ability to do a doctorate);
  • Bachelor’s graduates from mechatronics, medical technology or comparable technical or engineering subjects who see their professional future in the health care system and therefore want to continue their education in medical informatics on a scientific basis and with the ability to do a doctorate;
  • Bachelor’s graduates from natural sciences or economics subjects (such as medicine, physics, biochemistry, psychology, business administration, law) who have already completed an additional postgraduate course in computer science or medical technology and now want to continue a well-founded scientific education in medical computer science with the ability to do a doctorate.

An admission interview is held with all applicants, which serves to clarify previous experiences, motivation and personal goals as well as to get to know each other and provide personal advice.

Study part-time

The course combines fixed weekly attendance days at UMIT TIROL with online-supported study phases. The course is therefore easily compatible with part-time work or family commitments. The Tyrolean private university UMIT TIROL values ​​intensive training and close personal contact between teachers and students. Therefore, a maximum of 30 students are admitted per year.

study structure

The primary language of study is English. Optional subjects in the 3rd semester are held in German and English. In the first two semesters there is a well-founded technical and methodical training in the following central subject areas of medical informatics:*

  • Clinical Information Systems
  • Health Data & Decision Science
  • Health Networking and TeleHealth
  • biomedical technology

In the third semester, the individual professional deepening and profile development takes place. A wide range of individually selectable courses from a wide range of UMIT TIROL or our international partner universities are available for this purpose (in module 14). In the practical project (module 15), a concrete practical problem is worked on using the methods learned in cooperation with a healthcare facility or a health IT company. For this purpose, the private university can fall back on its broad cooperation network – including, for example, the Tirol Kliniken. In the fourth semester, the master’s thesis is written and defended.

job prospects

The Master’s degree enables graduates to take on a wide range of professional activities with various employers, for example in public and private health facilities, in hospitals and nursing and social facilities, in the health IT industry (software, hardware, medical technology), in health IT consulting companies, in Social insurance institutions and statutory health insurance institutions, in universities and research institutions, at manufacturers of medical devices, in health authorities, in the public sector and in public administration.

An important core task for graduates is the solution of relevant problems from practice or research through analysis, conception, introduction and evaluation of modern IT solutions in the health care system as well as their support and continuous further development according to the state of practice and research.

Depending on previous qualifications, individual technical specialization and professional experience, the professional opportunities lie in IT project management or team or department management in healthcare facilities or in healthcare networking, in requirements engineering, solution engineering or product management, in software quality assurance, sales or customer management , in approval and quality management of medical devices, in advising healthcare facilities, in clinical data analysis, in research and development departments and in the participation or management of academic research projects. For the best possible employability of the graduates, the qualification profile is geared to the international comparability of the training, but of course also takes into account the regional and national context.

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