Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)
M.Sc. Health Care IT
Medicine as high-tech-business
Modern medicine can be seen as a high-tech-business: Doctors and other health professionals are increasingly relying on software or technical devices to enhance the outcome for their patients. To make this possible, experts in Health Care IT are vital in providing the required skills in medical engineering and image Processing/health informatics. At the Master degree study program ‘Health Care IT’ both areas are an integral part of education.
Technical aspects of Health Care IT
The program focuses on many technical aspects of Health Care IT, including Mobile System Development and Software Development. Active and Assisted Living (AAL) is another core element of the program that enables students to face the challenges of an aging society. They also learn about Software Consulting, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Device and Medical Device Development.
Additional to theoretical input, students at the Master degree study program ‘Health Care IT’ receive hands-on training in specialized laboratories. There they work in small groups. In general, the program values personal support and mentoring. Teachers welcome their students with an open door policy.
Within the master degree program Health Care IT, students can concentrate on one of the following two areas of specialization: Medical Engineering and Image Processing focuses on topics in the area of medical engineering research and development. A special field of interest in this context is medical imaging systems and the resulting medical image processing. This career field provides an especially interesting interface between technology, organization and medicine. The second area of specialization is Health Informatics. Students receive a broad, yet specialized, view of the implementation of information technology and engineering as well as the organizational structures and processes in the healthcare sector.
The Master degree study program “Health Care IT” enables graduates to successfully face the challenges in the healthcare sector. Equipped with technical and medical knowledge they are sought-after by a wide variety of potential employers in the health care industry. The program also prepares them for upcoming social issues like Active and Assisted Living (AAL) and Instrumental Activities of daily Living (iADL), which become more and more important as we are moving towards an aging society.
Students benefit from practical trainings in dedicated laboratories and work there in small groups. Two areas of specialization allow them to further deepen their interests: Medical Engineering and Image Processing or Health Informatics can be chosen over the course of the degree program. Thanks to strong cooperation with the Health Care sector, the program is able to invite professionals and experts as guest lecturers
Key learning outcomes
Graduates of the master degree program Health Care IT are able to:
Job & Career
- comprehend, analyze and remodel processes in medicine, nursing and Management,
- develop and implement QM systems in healthcare,
- retrieve their detailed knowledge of the conception, design and functionality of healthcare information systems in order to design such Systems,
- describe the interaction of economics success, technology , processes and quality in healthcare,
- plan and use indicators for the implementation of corporate guidelines in the areas of procurement, planning an d development,
- present functioning, theoretical principles and technical implementation of medical devices,
- list application possibilities of mobile systems in healthcare and analyze, conceptualize and design applications of such Systems,
- design, implement and evaluate medical studies in cooperation with medic.
Depending on the previous education (Bachelor of Medical Information Technology or a different IT Bachelor program) of our graduates, the career fields and qualification profile of a Health Care IT graduate will naturally vary. Characteristically for this Master degree, the following qualifications, skills and knowledge fall in the following areas:
- Informatics and medical informatics
- Medical engineering
- Healthcare telematics
- Healthcare economics
- Hospital Management
- Process analysis & optimization in Health Care
- Project management, change management
- Business management methodology
Technology / IT
- Medical specialized vocabulary
- Understanding of medical decision-making (diagnosis, therapies), clinical pathways
- Understanding of care processes and care standards
- Knowledge of generic hospital processes and information requirements of medicine, care and administration.
- Quality management
- Data analysis and evaluation
- Statistics (SAS, etc.)
- Basic understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
- Clinical trials and studies
- Understanding of the requirements in the areas of scientific research and logistics.
Access to further studies
- Development of an IT strategy and comprehension of the specific demands in hospitals (scaleability, high accessibility, integration, etc.)
- IT architechture
- Interface standards (HL7, DICOM. IHE, CEN, etc.)
- Medical engineering and medical devices
- Management skills for IT supervisors
- Knowledge of professional it processes (ITIL or ITPM – such as planning, operation, SLAs, etc.)
The successful completion of the master program in turn qualifies the graduate to undertake a doctorate according to § 6 FHStG (4) FHStG stands for Fachhochschul Studies Act).
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)
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Since its inception, the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and intensive cooperation with industry and science, CUAS students are sure to have a future-oriented education.
CUAS lives the model of immediate practical relevance. Principal and part-time employees, as well as guest lecturers from industry, ensure interdisciplinary, internationally oriented university education. Currently 36 degree programs are offered in the fields of technology, health, and social affairs, as well as economics.
7 Reasons to Study at CUAS
Face to face
We are known for our open and family atmosphere. At our university, great importance is attached to the personal coexistence of students, employees, and professors. Small working groups enable individual support.
We are a university with an international orientation. CUAS cooperates with more than 160 universities worldwide. Infinitely cosmopolitan, located at the intersection of three cultures in the Alps-Adriatic region, very close to Italy and Slovenia, it offers local and international students excellent conditions for multilingual studies.
The combination of study and practice ensures the quality of teaching and research, our many international guests and part-time teachers from industry and business provide this. Cooperation’s with regional and foreign companies not only ensure a practice-oriented range of courses but also guarantee scientific knowledge.
Future orientation and sustainability
Innovative courses of study at the cutting edge make CUAS a showcase for sustainable research and development. Promising topics in all areas of study play an important role.
Unique nature, culture, and way of life
Studying in Carinthia is fun! The university is immersed in idyllic mountains, valleys, and lakes. There is a vast selection of sports and leisure opportunities at any time of the year. The picturesque Carinthia landscape ensures a unique quality of life around your studies.
Creative, young, and dynamic atmosphere
In addition to their studies, young, dynamic networks provide perfect opportunities to gain a foothold in the start-up sector. Think-centers, incubators, attractive innovation workshops, and many events bring together students from CUAS and entrepreneurs from the region and enable them to get to know each other at an early stage for future joint projects.
The combination makes it
Where and above all, what you want to study wants to be well thought out. CUAS makes a choice very easy: Here, you will find the unique combination of a wide range of exciting and practice-oriented studies and a quality of life that is unparalleled.
In-service training is the key to personal career planning. As a student at CUAS your curriculum is organized in such a way that you can reconcile your studies and jobs.
CUAS is a dynamic and dialogue-oriented university with regional roots and international orientation. It works in the fields of health and social affairs, technology, and economics. Its core tasks are in the areas of study and teaching, applied for research, knowledge transfer, and further education.
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CUAS was founded in 1995 in the legal form of an association as a carrier of the University of Applied Sciences study programs in Carinthia. The seat of the association was in Spittal an der Drau. Since the beginning of 2002, the University of Carinthia - Charitable Private Foundation has been the sponsor and maintainer of the University of Applied Sciences degree programs.
The private foundation is financed by contributions from the federal government, the state of Carinthia, and the communities of Villach, Spittal / Drau, Klagenfurt, and Feldkirchen. In addition, the membership fees of the association, which has become one of the 15 founders, as well as donations and proceeds from events, contribute to the financing of the operation of the organization.
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