The determination of concrete core subject combinations enables students to specialise in their studies.
The core subject combinations (KfK) constitute a decisive part of the Master's Programme in Medical Informatics, because students determine a clear focus for their scientific work. The KfK are divided into different blocks:
- Clinical Informatics
- Public Health Informatics
Each of these blocks comprises 24 ECTS and consists of lectures and related tutorials. While part of the core subject combinations is already completed in the first semester, the majority of these courses take place in the third semester.
Selection of Core Subject Combinations
Core subject combinations can only take place if at least 5 students are interested. If at least seven students are interested, they are guaranteed to take place.
In order to make it easier for students to choose their KfK, a series of lectures with several speakers will be held in the first of every winter semester, where the aims and content of this KfK will be presented. The students have to announce their selection of one of these KfKs until a certain deadline. As a result the students will be notified as soon as possible on which of these KfKs will actually take place.
Projects as an Alternative to the KfK
In the framework of their selected KfK, 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 prerequisite for taking part in projects are relevant practical skills (i.e. coding, software engineering etc.) and advisors willing to provide guidance to the students.