Objective(s) of a study programme:
The programme will educate specialists, having knowledge of public health and informatics, capable of designing, developing and deploying software for solving healthcare issues. The graduates will have a solid knowledge of programming and information systems; will know the challenges, terminology, and organizational aspects of healthcare. Through specializations, the program will allow to focus on developing e-health information systems and data analysis; or deepen the biomedical knowledge and specialize in developing personal mobile IT health solutions.
Underlying Conceptual Basis:
A1 Understanding of the key concepts and ideas of the field of information systems;
A2 Understanding of the fundamental subjects that the field of information systems requires or is based on;
A3 Understanding of the basics of biomedicine, bioengineering, electronics, applied mathematics and other science theories;
Analysis, Design and Implementation:
B1 Skills in formalization and specification of the real-world problems whose solutions involve the use of informatics;
B2 Knowledge and skills required to model activities of enterprises and to perform detailed business analysis;
B3 Knowledge and skills required to analyze enterprise needs, specify information systems development and modernization requirements;
B4 Knowledge and skills required to design information systems and databases, prepare the design documentation;
B5 Knowledge and skills in programming, testing, integrating, administrating and installing user interface, business logic and database components of information systems;
B6 Knowledge and skills required to create multidimensional data warehouses and analyze the data stored in them;
B7 Knowledge and skills required to plan and manage information systems’ development, installation and expansion projects;
B8 Knowledge and skills required to audit and evaluate information systems’ projects as well as operational information systems;
B9 Skills and abilities to apply information technologies (CASE tools, database managements systems, prototyping and programming environments, business modeling packages, etc.) for the solution of domain problems.
B10 Skills and abilities to analyze and evaluate problems related with application of information technologies and computer systems development, knowledge about new and significant informatics engineering research and development problems, and abilities to select and implement appropriate solutions for them;
B11 Knowledge and skills to choose and apply appropriate process models and programming environments for the traditional as well as new applied informatics projects;
B12Skills and abilities to apply the knowledge and understanding for the formulation and solution of biomedical electronics and electronics problems, applying known methods;
Technological and Methodological Skills:
C1 Skills in combining theory and practice by selecting appropriate methods and tools to solve tasks, that may arise during the development and operation of information systems;
C2 Knowledge and skills required to plan and conduct practical research, examine experimental results;
C3 Theoretical understanding of state-of-the-art software and hardware technologies and tools, and the skills required to use them;
C4 Abilities and skills in domain-specific literature analysis and the recognition of the need for life-long learning;
Other Professional Competences:
D1 Skills required to communicate effectively with colleagues, (potential) clients, information systems users and general public on any information systems related issues;
D2 Skills required to systemically evaluate various tasks and situations, define their parameters, and break them down into smaller tasks at the same time providing suggestions on how to solve them;
D3 Skills in evaluation of engineering solutions with regards to ethics, social, legal and security requirements;
D4 Skills and abilities required to work effectively both individually and in a team, assign tasks and responsibilities, manage projects and their teams;
D5 Skills and abilities to understand principles of population health and their influencing factors, to evaluate health disparities and their significant social and economic factors, to identify priority health problems of the society and its groups;
D6 Skills and abilities to understand and define the modern world, national and local health policy principles, the influence of political decisions on lifestyle and health of the population;
D7 Skills and abilities to work in workshops and laboratories.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Lectures, laboratory works, practical works and individual works, individual and group consultations, analysis of literature sources, seminars, discussions, debates, search, reflection, problem solving, case study, error analysis, theoretical modeling, written works, project preparations, presentations, demonstration, individual as well as team work.
Study programme is accomplished by final degree project.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The criterion proportional cumulative grading ten-point scale to assess knowledge, abilities and skills is applied. The learning outcomes of the programme and its modules are evaluated during intermediate semester reporting (written essays, studies, midterm works, projects and their reports, laboratory work reports and oral defending, etc.). The final grade consists of intermediate evaluations and final exam grades.
Final degree project is defended at the public meeting of qualification committee of the study field, which is approved by the Rector‘s order, and consists of KTU and LSMU members.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
General education subjects consist of 18 credits; core subjects of study field consist of 192 credits; final practice consists of 18 credits; final thesis is worth 12 credits. 66 credits from 240 (27,5 percent) are taught by LSMU and 174 credits (72,5 percent) include KTU taught modules.
Students are studying the following core subjects of study field: mathematics, information technologies, physics, object-oriented programming fundamentals, digital logic basics, medical ethics, theory of probability and statistics, data structures basics, databases, fundamental epidemiology, algorithm design and analysis, software engineering, computer networks and internet technologies, fundamentals of medical informatics systems, economic fundamentals of healthcare, data warehousing and business data analysis, health education, general and health law basics, social medicine and public health history, healthcare management and quality, data analysis, etc.
The programme includes professional practice (18 credits).
Deepen the knowledge in the study field, by selecting specialized study subjects (30 credits) from alternatives of KTU specializations;
Select core subject of study field (3 credits) from alternatives of LSMU study modules;
Select general education subjects (6 credits) from alternatives of KTU common study modules;
Freely select subject (3 credits) from study modules of any study field.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Joint study programme.