New course coming soon*: MSc Applied Digital Health
This MSc is a one-year, full-time course, designed to teach the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation in the fast-growing area of digital health.
*The running of this course is subject to University approval for the course being obtained
multidisciplinary and expert led
This applied, interdisciplinary MSc is led by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS), capitalising on the existing breadth of internationally leading digital health research in the department. In addition, the course draws on the expertise of faculty from across the University to create an interdisciplinary learning experience, spanning medicine, social science, engineering, artificial intelligence and data science.
The course is further enriched by linking to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford & Thames Valley Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), which is hosted by NDPCHS (led by Theme Lead John Powell, Academic Director for this MSc), as well as the NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and IVD Cooperative and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Center.
Who is this course designed for?
Aimed at early or mid-career professionals, entrants to this course will come from a wide range of backgrounds, including clinical medicine, public health, medical sociology, psychology, statistics, computer science and engineering. While no pre-existing knowledge is assumed, you must have an interest in both the social and technical aspects of digital health.
This course consists of eight compulsory modules, each spanning a two-week block, and a dissertation. The academic year is split into three terms of eight weeks, however, assignments are not restricted to term time only.
The content will take a broad perspective on digital health, equipping students to be future researchers, policymakers, technology specialists or health practitioners. Wherever their particular interests may lie, we believe course graduates will be well placed to do pioneering work in the digital health sector.
1. Foundations of Digital Health
2. Clinical Informatics for Trials and Health Surveillance
3. Harnessing Big Data to Improve Care
4. Remote Monitoring and Digital Diagnostics
5. Supporting Health Behavior Change using Digital Tools
6. Digital Transformation of Primary Care
7. Economics of Digital Health
8. User Focused Design and the Lifecycle of Digital Health Innovation
Each module focuses on a different way that digital health can be used to address the challenges facing twenty-first century healthcare. These solutions include clinical informatics for better surveillance of care quality and public health; harnessing electronic health data to improve diagnosis and prognosis; improving outcomes via remote patient monitoring and digital diagnostics; using digital tools to facilitate physical and cognitive behaviour change; implementing more efficient and effective models of primary care; reducing the cost of care.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- discuss the drivers, enablers, barriers and challenges to digital health innovation, using real-world examples
- summarise the state-of-the-art in digital health tools – including digital therapeutics, digital diagnostics, artificial intelligence, learning health systems and those that facilitate automated care pathways or improved patient (self)management – and both explain and critically evaluate the theories and techniques that underline them
- identify and formulate a response to the ethical, policy, regulatory and practice challenges facing digital health
- explain in detail the need for user-focused development, meaningful evaluation and successful implementation of digital health tools, and propose appropriate methods, actions and processes to meet these requirements
- describe and apply key qualitative and quantitative research methods used study of digital health care and the evaluation of digital tools, as well as identify the strengths and weaknesses of those research methods
The teaching is delivered via a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, self- directed learning and study, with all theoretical learning underpinned by real world case-studies.
*Applications for courses offered for admission in 2022-23 are opening soon.
First meeting: October 2022
Duration: 12 months full-time
How to apply
To apply for this course you will need to submit an application using the online application form, which will be available soon.
Funding & Scholarships
The University expects to be able to offer around 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2022-23. Applicants will automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if they fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit applications by the relevant December or January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential.
Visit the University’s dedicated Funding pages, for more information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources.
Digital Healthcare Research
Digital healthcare is a core research theme across the department, building on digital-first community care, involving people being increasingly cared for in their own homes, monitored by wearable devices and using online consultations and smartphone apps for health advice and to check symptoms.