Health Care Technology
Health care delivery is changing rapidly. Digital technologies are having an enormous impact on individual health and society’s well-being. New innovations are needed to solve the future challenges of health care delivery.
Health Care Technology master’s programme gives you the skills and interdisciplinary knowledge to implement new technologies in health care and provides practical examples of health care innovation and digitalization.
You get skills and knowledge for implementing new innovative technologies in health care
The studies include best practices of e-health implementation from Estonia and abroad and provide you the relevant change management skills to contribute to health care systems’ improvement.
There are many great examples, where digital and e-health services operate well and bring value. For example, the Estonian digital prescribing system provides seamless prescription management to the whole population and the country-wide EHR connects 100% of all health care providers for efficient patient data sharing. There are also growing digital health start-ups, of which a number have been founded by previous students of Health Care Technology master’s programme.
Experience and examples of countrywide e-Health implementation in Estonia
There are a lot of possibilities for better use of new technologies in health care. Human society is only doing its first steps in implementation of digital technologies and AI in health care. Secondary data use is at a low level and new services for better personalization, prevention and earlier detection of diseases are needed fast.
This is the reason why this curriculum exists. You will be the one to help to change healthcare! You will acquire the knowledge about health systems, managing change and digitalizing health care for better value. You might co-found new digital health start-up, continue to do a PhD, start working as a hospital Chief Innovation Officer or start leading a nationwide health-tech cluster. These are a few examples of what are alumni are doing.
LEVEL OF STUDYMaster's
STUDY LOAD120 ECTS (view curriculum)
MODE OF STUDYFull-time study
Health Care Technology (HCT) is a unique Master’s programme in Europe that provides interdisciplinary knowledge on digital technologies, innovation and change management of health care. It relies on the best practices of health care digital transformation and e-health innovations from Estonian e-health system and international successes.
The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
- General Studies (18 ECTS)
- Basic Studies (24 ECTS)
- Special studies, including internship of 6 ECTS (31 ECTS)
- Free choice courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (30 ECTS)
Why this specialty?
- Skills and knowledge for implementing new innovative technologies in health care.
- Experience and examples of countrywide e-health implementation in Estonia.
- You learn to understand how healthcare, IT and medicine interact.
- Most of the lectures will take place in the Business and Innovation Centre Mektory.
- Events and have site-visits help you to get first-hand experience from different healthcare, medical and digital health companies.
Examples of relevant courses
Basics of e-Health
The course provides knowledge about electronic data reflecting human health in the health care system. Gives overview of electronic health care services and creates an understanding of the structure of health data and application limits of e-Services in health care. Gives an overview of digital and analogue processes in health care. Introduces different international e-Health experiences.
Evaluation and Financing in Healthcare
To provide an overview of the methods of financing, remuneration and reimbursement in healthcare in connection with evaluation. The course will explore the different evaluation methods that are relevant in the design of health information technologies. The course will help students to design, plan, and conduct independent evaluations of health care technologies. The course also provides practical abilities of economic evaluation methods in health care, and how economic evaluation can be applied to the health care sector to make informed decisions.
Healthcare Data Systems and Analysis
Healthcare data systems and analysis course goal is to introduce students to different data systems used in Estonian healthcare organisations (including central registries and integrations systems) and hospitals. How are the data systems created, what is their purpose, how the systems are integrated, and do they satisfy the end user. Also the different hospital and other healthcare data systems structure, user interface and to see the pros and cons of different data systems.
Medical Law and Ethics
The course gives students depth knowledge of the medical law and ethics. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of other areas of law related to medical law and ethical issues in medicine. Students are given the opportunity to understand and critically evaluate ethical questions in medicine.
Medical Imaging and Signals
To give students knowledge about physical and chemical bio-signals and their registration. To introduce signal registration and analysis processing methods and equipment. Giving overview of imaging methods in health care. To teach different steps of data flow starting from the registration of bio-signals to presentation of image in user understandable mode.;Practical introduction to different imaging and signal processing methods in health care institutions. Introduction to basic models of image, graphs and image series filing, saving and presentation systems in health care. To introduce the use of different signal and image processing methods from the point of view of the clinical question or examined organ system. Also to give overview of the contraindications of the use of diagnostic methods in medicine.
Servicing and change management at health care enterprise
A student having successfully completed the studies has got a systematic overview of the functioning of the health care system on all management levels (quality, strategic, financial and human resource management), and of the objectives of health care marketing and demand. A student is able to apply one’s knowledge and skills to practical work. The course gives students a practical understanding of the different workflow management methods in a healthcare organization. A comprehensive overview of the different methods used will ensure an equal understanding of the relevant processes and their subsequence. The course aims to give students the ability to use a variety of methods to identify the essence of a problem, define what needs to change in order to achieve the desired result. In addition, the students will understand how to assess the costs and benefits of a planned change, as well as how to define if and why a change in a specific process is needed; Finally, the course will give an overview of the methods that support the successful implementation of changes in a health care organisation.
Research in cooperation with public sector and industry
Many research projects of the curriculum are done together with governmental institutions, industry partners, health tech companies and others. Different institutions have suggested the following areas of research subjects.
- Health care process optimization
- Healthcare quality systems
- Value based healthcare
- Care integration
- User experience of information systems
- Evidence based automatic algorithms
- Decision support systems
- Tele-medicine and tele-monitoring
- Digitalisation of population screenings
- Digital prescribing systems
- Drug-to-drug interaction monitoring systems
- Evaluation of e-health services
This list is far from being exhaustive, but provides a direction of what are the areas of expertise needed in the healthcare field. You will get important input from a number of courses on selecting your thesis methodology and methods.
Interactive learning methods
Many of Health Care Technology lectures take place in the Mektory Innovation and Business Centre. In addition to classrooms, HCT students can use the Mektory eHealth Lab. In addition there are 2 interactive learning methods, which help you to get in touch with different industry players.
e-Health Meet-up is a series of events, which started from the cooperation between TalTech and Estonian Connected Health Cluster in the beginning of 2017 with the purpose of bringing together companies and students who are looking for internship opportunities. The wider purpose is to give a larger overview of the field of Health Care Technologies. It’s a great chance to meet a range of experts within the healthcare field and learn about how healthcare and information technology intersects in the transformation of healthcare delivery and management in their work-life.
During the meet-ups, 2-3 presenters from different e-health companies (public sector, start-ups etc.) will introduce their workflow, success-stories and challenges. The students will also have a possibility to engage in a discussion with presenters to find solutions to the presented challenges.
Health Care Technology Hackathon
HCT Hackathon is an interdisciplinary collaboration event between TalTech students and representatives from the health care technology field. The event gives participating students the opportunity to test and implement the knowledge they have gained during the lectures.
Students will form groups to find solutions to problems raised by relevant experts working in the field (the problem owners). With its clear focus and carefully prepared structure, hackathon enables students to commit themselves to an intense period of focused work on the problem. Throughout the day, the student-teams receive coaching from different experts.
During the studies, we put a lot of effort in connecting you to different industry partners, digital health companies, government institutions and start-ups.
A high number of our alumni have started work or have interned in digital health companies, IT-companies developing applications and systems in healthcare, in government institutions, in start-ups or in healthcare provider organizations.
Most of the jobs are involved in changing the current processes of health care and digitalising health care delivery for improved quality and access. Many of our alumni are working in or have co-founded digital health start-ups. This shows the need for innovation and new technologies in healthcare.
"Studying at TalTech was one of the best choices of my life. I graduated cum laude from the Health Care Technology. The programme is based on real examples, the students are shown how IT affects the health care system and they study how to build an e-health environment and implement Telemedicine solutions step-by-step. I was also able to participate and develop different projects, the most successful of which was “LifeInU”, a home-monitoring system for pregnant women. This project of ours was very successful and won the Tallinn Tech MEKTORY competition, which gave my group members and I the possibility to go to Silicon Valley, United States."
Nino Chaligava, Georgia
Alumna of the Health Care Technology programme
"Health care technologies is a growing industry area, which continuously needs new resources! EU eHealth initiatives, national patient data archives, data sharing across organizations and country borders is here to stay. In this programme you will learn how health care technologies look like in different European countries and even beyond. At the end of the programme you will be ready to apply related jobs in the industry, public sector or research. We welcome you to join!"
Hanna Pohjonen, PhD
Associate Professor at the Department of Health Technologies
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Health, Social, Natural Sciences, IT, Public Administration, Economics or Law.
Please provide following:
- Clearly defined motivation to study in health care technology master's programme;
- HCT specialisation: logical, analytical and comprehensive analysis of e-health developments of a specific country (or countries) that the candidate chooses to take as an example;/li>
- Possible Master's Thesis topics or research interests in health care technology;
- Grammatically fluent and correct English.
Grading scale: 0-5
NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.
The aim of the interview is to understand your academic potential, motivation and suitability for your chosen course.
- Questions are composed to assess your:
- problem-solving abilities;
- intellectual flexibility, communication and analytical skills;
- motivation to study;
- abilities of methodical and creative thinking.
The length of an interview vary between 10-12 minutes and will be conducted by the specialists in the programme.
Grading scale: 0-5
Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. Online interview will be conducted only to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation. The maximum score for the online interview is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 7 points is admitted.
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