Sydney Uni launches master's degree in health tech innovation

The University of Sydney has launched a new master's degree in health technology innovation that will bring together engineers, IT specialists and health professionals.

The Master of Health Technology Innovation (MHTI) degree is the first new course to emerge from the university's Charles Perkins Centre, a $385 million research and education hub designed to translate the work of the university's researchers into real-world solutions for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Charles Perkins Centre academic director Steve Simpson said the course exemplified the centre's mission to bring disciplines together in innovative ways to deliver teaching and research that transforms health.

“The new professional degree will benefit doctors, scientists, information technology experts and engineers with a bias toward biomedical innovation, equipping them with the skills to apply technologies in innovative ways within the health domain,” Professor Simpson said in a statement.

Offered in association with the university's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the course aims to produce graduates skilled in the use of new or emerging health technologies, the faculty's associate dean, David Lowe, said.

"We recognised an overlapping need in biomedical innovation and through this course we are aiming to create leaders in an emerging field, where medical expertise, engineering innovation and biotech innovation work hand in glove," Professor Lowe said.

"Imaging techniques and information technologies have been a driving force behind modern biomedical research and the delivery of high quality, personalised medicine, but there is an enormous opportunity in health technology beyond imaging and telehealth.”

The university says multiple disciplines can be integrated into the MHTI program framework through the creative approach of the Charles Perkins Centre.

The course is expected to attract prospective postgraduate students who possess science, undergraduate information technology, engineering, medical science, health science or nursing qualifications.

Foundation subjects include fundamentals of neuromodulation, object-oriented design, design of networks and distributed systems, database management systems, information technologies and systems, software development, information technology for health professionals and epidemiology methods and uses.

Specialist subjects include biomedical engineering technology, biomechanics and biomaterials, applied tissue engineering, statistical natural language processing, mobile computing, cloud computing, usability engineering, enterprise healthcare information systems.

The two-year full-time degree begins in July.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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