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PGCert Health Data Science (Online)

University of Manchester

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Who this course is for

For the data professional who wants to add value to their team by upskilling in data knowledge, techniques and reporting by studying this flexible 100% online qualification while continuing to work and fitting this study around their work and other commitments.

Bring around a change in big health data reporting and meeting the need for more health data scientists in an increasingly data-led health environment.

What you will learn

  • Bring together the technical, modelling and contextual skills to be a successful health data scientist.
  • Apply these skills to real-world problems, harnessing the potential of health data.
  • Understand the importance of the patient and the governance surrounding working in the healthcare environment.
  • Use case studies provided by existing work and research at the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) and focus on large and complex health datasets in environments that safeguard patient confidentiality.

Where and when you will study

This fully-online, part-time PGCert means you can study from anywhere in the world and fit it around your day-to-day life.

You will complete four taught units in 12 months and learn through a mix of interactive teaching and have plenty of opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers. You can choose to undertake single CPD units one at a time, or complete all four to receive your PGCert.

How it will benefit your career

  • Design treatments and allocate resources based on analysis of health and related data.
  • Report on data with more clarity and understanding and develop techniques to support your career.
  • Use skills and knowledge acquired through the course in your job from day one to start advancing in your role and beyond.
  • Practise applying your skills in real-life scenarios through our simulation platform, and be prepared for a range of situations.

Coursework and assessment

The course is delivered entirely via online learning, including assessment. Each module of the course runs over 10 weeks, with a nominal 15 hour per week of student work. There are short podcasts, activities and quizzes, interspersed with discussion activities, where you'llcontribute to a discussion board.

The course has been designed to fulfil the aspirations and needs of all sectors that by developing a world-class health informatics workforce that is integral to multi-professional teams with the technical, methodological and communication skills to be able to deliver high-quality, innovative healthcare delivery, in a range of settings.

Each week during a 10-week module consists of:

  • An overview of the material, presenting the learning objectives for the week (video).
  • Explanatory material (3h of student activity/week) in the form of video lectures, papers/articles, the course text, and links to further resources.
  • Exercises (4h/week). These are a mixture of formative/summative tasks with discussion of these required in the discussion boards. Feedback will be given in the weekly tutorial.
  • Discussion (2h/week). Students are encouraged to discuss the exercises and material in the forums where tutors will facilitate peer learning, providing feedback/input where necessary.
  • Formative Questionnaire. This is to gather students' questions and highlight misconceptions ready for the tutorial.
  • Tutorial (1h/week). Students will video conference with their tutor in groups of 6-8 to discuss and give/receive feedback.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,000overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 35 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    182 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.68 74%



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