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Course summary

Data is revolutionising the way health and social care is delivered. The demand for health and social care professionals with data science skills is unprecedented. This flexible online programme is aimed at:

  • people working in health or social care or computational roles who are interested in starting a career in data science
  • graduates who are seeking to develop data science skills that can be applied in health, social and care services
What you will learn By studying the degree you will:
  • gain knowledge of the fundamentals of data science
  • develop expertise in accessing, interpreting and integrating data-intensive research into practice
  • build the knowledge and skills to engage effectively with data-driven approaches to health and social care
  • learn a range of skills, tools and understanding to use the transformational power of data to improve health and wellbeing and the management of care systems locally and globally
Why Edinburgh By choosing to study with us you will:
  • be joining one of the top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • benefit from our strong track-record of Data-Driven Innovation (DDI)
  • become a student of the prestigious Usher Institute (part of the University), which is a world leader in DDI and one of five DDI hubs in Edinburgh and South East Scotland
  • be able to customise your learning experience by selecting optional courses delivered by our world-renowned experts and leaders across the University
  • have access to modern, intuitive fully accessible and responsive technology tools and systems
  • benefit from access to real-world data through DataLoch, a cutting-edge repository of health and social care data
  • join our vibrant, evidence-led cross-disciplinary community of academics and researchers
  • be part of a cohort of international students focused on shaping the future of health and social care
About the Usher Institute and the DDI programme At The Usher Institute public, private and third sectors collaborate to enable data-driven advances in health and social care. Our DDI programme develops innovative and financially sustainable models of health and social care that improve lives, through the application of data science. The Institute draws on:
  • Scotland’s world-leading health data assets
  • well-established governance and data-sharing protocols developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Scottish Government
The Usher Institute has also become well-recognised for its contribution to the COVID-19 response, which includes:
  • conducting research
  • advising the Scottish and UK governments
  • providing global public health advice and data
Using real world data DataLoch provides the programme with access to:
  • real life and synthetic datasets
  • best practice protocols
  • database management pipelines
  • application programme interface codes
These cover healthcare and social services. We use the data and resources for:
  • teaching (including case studies, problem-based learning activities and assignments)
  • when you’re undertaking your research project in the final year of the degree


See the University of Edinburgh website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on the University of Edinburgh website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

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Data Science for Health and Social Care (Online Learning) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS