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Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Data and Informatics

Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Data and Informatics

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Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Health Studies Health Informatics

Course type


Course Summary

Cambridge is a world leading centre for innovation in electronic patient and clinical trial data. This is underpinned by an extensive and vibrant community of clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and commercial and public sector organisations. There is a recognised shortage of the appropriate technical and practical skills in the workforce to effectively utilise the opportunities presented by healthcare data.

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to provide an introduction to the research skills, governance and innovation needed to work successfully with healthcare data. In addition students will be equipped with the skills necessary to understand how healthcare data relates to populations, health conditions and clinical outcomes and learn how to work with healthcare data in an effective manner.


The programme has been developed by a network of partners with unrivalled experience in healthcare informatics to create a world-leading training environment.

Aims of the course

The programme will develop individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to understand and critically evaluate electronic healthcare data and its application for healthcare research.

The course will:

  • Provide professionally relevant teaching and learning of the knowledge and skills at the forefront the successful understanding and utilisation of electronic healthcare data.
  • Develop healthcare data experts with the necessary expertise, and originality of application, to pursue and expand their roles in the rapidly evolving environment of healthcare data.
  • Promote a comprehensive understanding of the practical and ethical considerations relevant to healthcare data and informatics.
  • Ensure a systems-based approach to the critical analysis and development of improvements in healthcare systems.
  • Provide work-relevant learning around the current problems, best-practice, challenges and potential solutions in the use of healthcare data.
  • Create a professional network of like-minded individuals as leaders in the field of healthcare data.
  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge to make value-based judgements around how to extract, refine, and structure data to permit effective healthcare research.


This is a 40 credit unit, the largest in the programme, and delivers all of the health informatics training needed for students to be able to independently design and execute queries of raw electronic patient record data. The practical aspects of the unit will focus on the Epic system but the theoretical components will take a platform agnostic approach to covering data structures and healthcare database design. Students completing this unit will be competent in the use of the programming and scripting languages which are used globally to analyse healthcare data. Faculty will be drawn from clinical informaticians, researchers, and commercial sector software experts. Masterclasses will explore the practical aspects of patient level data extraction and analysis.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course are expected to have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or equivalent. It is preferred that an applicants first degree be in a subject relevant, or related to, life sciences, medical sciences, computational or data science.