The aim of the Medical Informatics Master's Programme is a scientific training that makes it possible to design and conduct IT projects in the varied fields of biomedical research, medicine and health care.
Depending on their focus of study, students will specialise in the field of bioinformatics, neuroinformatics, clinical informatics or public health informatics. Graduates of the following programmes are the target audience:
- Bachelor's programme in medical informatics
- Bachelor's programme in informatics with a focus on medical informatics
- Another equivalent programme at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary academic institution
Graduates of other programmes in informatics may be admitted if they complete additional courses.
Graduates of the Master's Programme acquire a well-founded core competence in informatics, with a special emphasis on the essential methods applied in bioscience, medicine and health care. Depending on their focus, they will acquire the competence that enables them to design, develop and integrate systems into the research or work process, in close cooperation with bioscientists, neuroscientists, physicians or health care specialists.
The Focuses of the Medical Informatics Master’s Programme
The training focuses on practical, research-relevant, medical or clinical problems. An essential element is the imparting of communicative skills to deal with these problems together with scientists of other fields. The environment of the Medical University of Vienna is especially well-suited for that.
The academic training ensures that graduates are primed for current and future tasks in the field of bio- and neuroscience, medicine and health care and can acquire at any time new methods in medical informatics.
The Structure of the Programme
The following mandatory modules have to be completed by students of Medical Informatics:
- Area of Application
- Interdisciplinary Informatics
In addition they will choose one of the following core subject combinations, at the beginning of their studies:
- Clinical Informatics
- Public Health Informatics
In the framework of their selected core subject combination, students can complete a project. This should offer the opportunity to obtain the relevant qualifications not just by taking courses, but by practical work on a project of importance to medical informatics.
Out of the requirements of the project, the students will gather the necessary knowledge to bring it to completion. This occurs partly through mentored self-directed study, partly by taking courses - always after consultation with the advisor. The master's thesis and master's seminars are also integrated into the project work. That means that students will normally also use the results of the project as basis for their master's thesis.