Msc Medical Informatics 2014-2016

Master Medical informatics


Educational institute
Medical Informatics
2 years
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The programme

Study Programme

A Medical Information specialist is familiar with all the basic medical subjects, the way in which a doctor reasons and acts, the methodology of medical-scientific research and the organisation of healthcare. 
The Medical Information specialist distinguishes himself from other information specialists and information scientists through his knowledge of medical processes, care organisation processes and his insight into the specific role and meaning of information in the healthcare sector. 
The medical information specialist is an expert in the field of information analysis, information representation, system design, and implementation and evaluation of information systems, and in lesser extent in the field of the development of advanced technologies on which information systems are based.

A medical information specialist is a skilled consultative partner of information and communication technologists as well as doctors and nurses, and thus acts as an essential bridge between the two divergent fields of medicine and informatics.

Bachelor/pre-Master Profile 
A Bachelor of Medical Informatics or someone who passed the pre-Master is able to use methods and concepts of informatics to solve problems in healthcare:

  • He/she can identify problems in the provision of information and can use medical information techniques to solve these problems.
  • He/she is familiar with the processes that exist in healthcare and can determine which information is needed for the implementation of these processes.
  • He/she can model and record these processes in a computer system. He/she has the skills to design systems, which contribute to diagnosis and therapy by means of decision support, error recognition and patient logistics.

Keywords are: analysis, design and application.

Master Profile 
A Master of Medical Informatics uses and creates methods, knowledge of methods and concepts within the field of medical informatics to solve problems in healthcare, and also to improve and introduce innovations in healthcare:

  • Compared to a Bachelor of MI, a Master has more knowledge of the three fields of Medical Informatics (medical, care information and informatics). A Master is aware of the most important recent developments.
  • A Master not only possesses more knowledge, but also has more insight into the three fields of Medical Informatics. Therefore a Master can be deployed better for more complex issues and problems in healthcare.
  • A Master can develop new methods for the evaluation of existing information systems and the development of new information systems, records, coding systems and standard vocabularies.

Keywords are: analysis, design, application, evaluation and innovation.

Field of activity of a Medical Information specialist 
The Medical Informatics Master’s programme focuses on the practice of care providers, medical-scientific research and (the organisation of) healthcare. Therefore, Medical Informatics is unique because this medical approach is stronger than in other informatics programme.

A Medical Information specialist is largely involved in the development and application of methods and techniques of informatics, which make the use of information in healthcare safer, faster, more efficient and more effective.

The following activities are examples of the work carried out by a Medical Information specialist:

  • Designing systems, which can support doctors and nurses in their decisions concerning diagnosis and therapy, minimising the chance of medical errors due to misinformation. The systems can also be applied for patient logistics.
  • Supporting doctors in conducting medical research, or conducting one’s own research in the field of information provision, with regard to decision-making support for diagnosis and therapy or with regard to the quality of medical and nursing practice.
  • Working on setting up and managing medical records, which can be used for e.g. sustaining and evaluating the quality of the care.
  • Updating coding systems and standard vocabularies, which doctors use to record findings, diagnoses or therapies.
  • Developing and managing the knowledge databases of decision-making support systems.

Medical Information specialists work for e.g. healthcare institutions, software companies, the pharmaceutical industry, research institutes, healthcare automation services, information provision services, insurance companies and government and semi-state-controlled healthcare institutions.

Whereas doctors care for patients, medical information specialists ensure optimum information provision throughout the healthcare setting.

The Master's in Medical Informatics study programme

The 2-year, MI Master's programme taught in English started on 1 September 2006. You can take the Master’s programme by transferring from the MI Bachelor's programme or from another related study programme you then might need to complete the (individual) pre-Master's programme.

Master's in Medical Informatics Profile 
A Medical Information specialist can generally be characterised as an information specialist who is involved in solving problems in healthcare and medical practice, where information plays a key role.

The activities of a medical information specialist can be divided into two categories The first category concerns the application of information methods and techniques to healthcare, in which the concept of ‘information’ plays an important and complex role. The objective of these activities is usually very specific and includes the support of care providers in their work.
In the second category of activities the emphasis is on researching the role, location and meaning of information in healthcare and clinical practice, with the aim of increasing the understanding and insight of this. The results of medical-informatics research are essential to the successful completion of the first type of activity, especially in the long term. It could be said that the first activity category fits in with the work at the level of (at least) a Bachelor. The second category fits with the work of a medical information specialist at Master’s level.

Summary of programme 
The focus of the Master’s programme in Medical Informatics is the improvement of the results and quality of medical practice and advancement of the effectiveness of the healthcare process. Within the healthcare domain, the Master in Medical Informatics mainly studies issues in the field of:

  • medical practice (in particular medical decision making and the support of information systems in this) and/or patient-oriented issues
  • healthcare organisation & process: in particular the use of information technology in the organisation and design of operating processes in patient care, care chain logistics.

The Master’s programme consists of a number of modules. 6 EC are awarded for each module. The common part of the programme consists of 8 modules (core courses) and 2 multidisciplinary internships. In the discipline-specific electives (in-depth study), students select two modules (elective courses), after which they carry out their scientific research project (scientific research & Master thesis). The curriculum of the Master’s programme is shown in the figure below.

Year Semester Course EC 
1  Core courses  
  Current issues in medical informatics I 
  Knowledge representation & reasoning in medicine 
  Advanced data analysis in medicine  
  Biomedical information systems engineering 
  Internship I  
 Core courses  
  Biomedical research & evaluation methodology  
  Organisational settings of healthcare  
  Healthcare logistics & information systems  
  Information & process modelling in healthcare  
  Internship II  
Elective courses  
  Quality and costs of healthcare 
  Synthesis of knowledge in medicine 
Core courses   
  Scientific Research Project & Master thesis    48 
total number of EC for Master’s programme 120 

It is mandatory for the student to collect 12 EC with the electives. There are three different ways to achieve this:

  • To follow the module 'Synthesis of knowledge in medicine' (6 EC) and the module 'Quality and costs of healthcare' (6 EC);
  • To follow the module 'Synthesis of knowledge in medicine' (6 EC) in a more in-depth format. To achieve 12 EC, the student needs to request written permission from the Examination Board for this.
  • To create one's own way of achieving 12 elective EC. The student needs to submit a motivated request to the Examination Board, before August 1st (if the student starts the Master on September 1st) or before January 15th (if the student starts the Master on February 1st). This request needs to include an extensive account of the proposed manner to achieve the elective credits.