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Postgraduate Course: Ethics and Governance of eHealth (GLHE11036)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryDivided into 5 sessions, each lasting a week. Most will contain written materials and presentations, accompanied by guided reading in the form of links to journal articles with problem-based learning questions
Discussion of the content and reading materials will be posted to an online forum, along with students┐ answers to the PBL questions. Discussion boards will be moderated by the course tutors.
Students will be expected to produce a 2000 word essay by the end of the course.
Course description This course introduces the ethical, legal and regulatory context of eHealth. It considers key ethical principles in healthcare research and how ethical principles have been adopted in the field of ICT. Ethical dilemmas in eHealth research and practice are presented with reference to examples of eHealth interventions and projects in which the exchange, sharing and linkage of data from systems and devices create risks for trust, privacy or patient safety. Subsequent lectures introduce students to the key principles of information governance and responsible innovation, with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the ways in which patient data are being re-used for medical research. This will cover UK, European and wider principles and regulatory devices for the protection of personal data privacy, technological standards for cyber-security and international medical device directives. These will be set within a broader consideration of the ethical and societal implications of ICTs for wellness, health and science, with reference to national and global contexts, As part of their assessment students will be expected to undertake a forensic assessment of a selected health IT programme from one or more of these perspectives.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Collated forum postings: 30%

Essay: 70%
Feedback Formative feedback will be given throughout the course through the discussion boards. Summative assessment feedback is also provided via LEARN at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Debate and discuss the key ethical challenges facing eHealth at the current time.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic legal and regulatory environment surrounding different types of eHealth innovation or research problem
  3. Evaluate and assess the ethical and societal issues affecting projects in this area
  4. Develop the capacity to offer advice to others about the legal and regulatory implications of their projects.
Reading List
Book: Carlisle et al (2012) eHealth Ethical, Legal and Governance Challenges. Springer.
Currently free to download on an individual user basis:

Journal of eHealth Law and Policy

Specific journal articles to be selected nearer the time of course delivery.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Can list and explain core ethical principles for medical practice and research
Can translate these to the context of eHealth, drawing on principles from the ICT sector in addition to the above.
Is aware of the main oversight bodies for ethical compliance in eHealth research and practice and the laws and penalties affecting data users.
Is able to judge the need for a new product to comply with relevant medical device directives and what is required in terms of design or data management.
Shows an interdisciplinary perspective on eHealth ethics and governance, drawing on concepts from social science, philosophy, law and technology studies.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning.
Study Abroad No study abroad option
KeywordsHealth Information Governance,eHealth,Ethics
Course organiserDr Claudia Pagliari
Tel: (0131 6)50 9464
Course secretaryMs Gayle Fitzpatrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
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