Postgraduate study

Global eHealth (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

The term eHealth describes a diverse field concerned with the application of ICT to support the organisation and delivery of healthcare services and to enable citizens to manage their own health and wellness.

eHealth has become a priority area for the international healthcare sector and is attracting considerable global investment. This interdisciplinary programme introduces eHealth in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

It is aimed at a wide audience, including health professionals, policymakers, NGOs, researchers, eHealth vendors and ICT practitioners. The programme is unique in addressing the topic from a truly international perspective, including a consideration of low and medium income economies.

Our online learning environment is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with classmates and tutors from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics and eHealth
  • Health Informatics - Core Technologies and Systems
  • Global eHealth
  • Medical Informatics (Health Data Science)
  • Managing Change
  • Telemedicine and Telehealth
  • mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings
  • Public Health Informatics
  • The Business of eHealth
  • The Ethics and Governance of eHealth
  • Patient and Consumer eHealth
  • User-Centred Design
  • Research and Evaluation in eHealth

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who wish to advance their knowledge through postgraduate-level study, without the time or financial commitment required to undertake a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. Courses are spread across the academic year with the majority taking place over 5-weeks.

Successful completion of PPD courses leads to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. You may take courses worth up to 50 credits via the PPD study route or you may decide to transfer your credits towards obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert. 60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip. 120 credits) or Masters degree (MSc. 180 credits including dissertation). Qualifications are awarded twice per year, depending on your date of completion.

In addition to courses, students wishing to obtain an MSc are required to complete a formal dissertation, based on a piece of original research using methodologies suited to the technology, context and questions under investigation.

This executive-level programme aims to develop interdisciplinary knowledge and strategic skills in eHealth applications, delivery, research, innovation, leadership and policy. It does not provide technical training in software development.

  • Academic and commercial research in eHealth
  • National or private healthcare sector - clinical and non-clinical leadership in eHealth
  • Academic or commercial research and innovation in eHealth
  • eHealth industry - strategy, design, evaluation
  • International health and development agencies - eHealth strategy, deployment and evaluation
  • Government - eHealth policy, management and governance
  • International health agencies or NGOs - planning, analysis, delivery, evaluation

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in the field of clinical and allied health sciences, informatics, health policy, psychology, allied health sciences or a relevant related subject.

We may also consider applicants with alternative qualifications, or equivalent professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

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Further information

  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG