Outline of the studyprogram

Introduction to the course
The basis of medical information sciences lies in the daily practice of medicine or health care. First of all, the study provides basic knowledge of the anatomy and functions of the human body, clinical pictures, treatment methods and physicians' working methods. In addition, the MI student is taught how to handle equipment and how to apply programs and methods for storage, analysis and presentation of medical data by using information systems. During the study, basic information subjects are taught as well as the speciality subjects artificial intelligence, software engineering and image processing. The financial, ethical, legal and management aspects in health care are also dealt with. With the thus acquired knowledge, the MI graduate is able to contribute to medical-scientific research, diagnostics, and the treatment and prevention of disease. He or she may also be able to play a role in the organisation of a health-care institution.

An outline of the study program
Methods of acquiring and processing knowledge in a form enabling purpose-oriented conclusions to be drawn, constitute the heart of the course. It also includes an intimate knowledge of methods and ways of thinking common in decision analysis and (bio)statistics, as well as knowledge of and insight into the methods of efficient, information technology-based information processing, analysis and storage.

For this reason, the course also pays ample attention to elements from computer science. However, the mere fact that the study concerned is a medical study program in the AMC-UvA goes a long way to show that here computer science is one of the auxiliary sciences rather than a main objective of the course. It would neither be expedient for the medical informatician to make diagnoses or attend to the treatment of patients, nor is it the objective of the course for him/her to ultimately have the capability of developing computer software or patient monitoring systems. Yet, in both cases, the medical information specialist is the indispensable link between practical (= curative) Medicine and the world of information engineers that have graduated from technical universities and the relevant schools of higher vocational education.

The alumni are equipped to work as experts in the rapidly growing field of medical information technology and sciences. They are familiar with the medical language and way of thinking, and sufficiently versed in information sciences, to create links that were not achievable before.

Bachelor Medical Informatics
More information regarding the bachelor Medical Informatics and the admission requirements can be found on www.amc.nl/mi and www.studeren.uva.nl/mi.

Master Medical Informatics
More information regarding the bachelor Medical Informatics and the admission requirements can be found on www.studeren.uva.nl/ma-medical-informatics.