Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Data: Informatics, Innovation and Commercialization (2020-21) | Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) skip to content

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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. 


Unit details

Course Units and Teaching Weeks

Unit 1: Research skills, governance and innovation (20 Credits)

Unit 1 provides the landscape to understand the breadth of patient level data in the healthcare and economic landscape in the UK and globally. It provides knowledge of the technical, legal, and ethical infrastructure which guides all research, commercial development, and healthcare quality improvement. Furthermore, it introduces key concepts from subsequent parts of the course to allow students to develop their thinking around systems engineering, statistics and data visualisation, and innovation. Students will be taught by a faculty of experts from genomics, clinical medicine, informatics, statistics, business, and engineering. Masterclass sessions will use case studies to examine the impact of healthcare data.

Teaching week: 5th - 9th October 2020, Madingley Hall and the Wellcome Genome Campus

Unit 2: Data structures, storage and queries (40 Credits)

Unit 2 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.

Teaching weeks:

Week 1: 11th - 15th Jan 2021, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Week 2: 12th - 16th April 2021, Cambridge Biomedical Campus


Important note: Please be aware that these dates are provisional. Whilst we do our utmost to keep to the dates and venues detailed above, these may be subject to change.


Venues for Teaching Weeks

Madingley Hall

Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The Wellcome Genome Campus



Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

28 Sep 2020 to 31 Jul 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

20 May 2020

Course fee

Home/EU: £5,000
Overseas fee: £9,000

Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

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