I first heard about the MSc in Digital Health Systems at the University of Strathclyde through an acquaintance. My interest was immediately piqued, as this course seemed to combine my interests in technology and in health. I was also particularly keen on this specific course due to the reputation of the University of Strathclyde’s Computer and Information Sciences’ department. After researching the domain more thoroughly, I came across the Digital Health and Care Institute for Scotland and their work in innovation, enterprise and academia.
The MSc in Digital Health Systems’ close link with the Digital Health and Care Institute was an important factor in deciding to enrol in this course. Working with such an organisation would give me opportunities not only to meet and learn directly from individuals in the field but could also develop connections and a network within the institution. For example, I had a fantastic and educational experience attending the 2019 Digital Health and Care Fest in November.
Being on this course has enabled me to explore how disruptive technology can improve the way we deliver healthcare. Every day I learn about new research and innovation in this field, and how it is applied in practice. With a broad spectrum of classes, we study how products are designed, planned and deployed. Being a Psychology graduate with a keen interest in health Psychology, I am happy to be studying a digital health course that teaches us about the importance of keeping the patient at the centre of the design and implementation processes. Furthermore, having worked for a digital health start-up I was interested in my classes teaching me about the theory, practises procedures involved in developing a digital health project from start to finish. The teaching and academic staff are outstanding, motivating and are keen to engage in discussion about their own field of interest as well as topics that interest the class more broadly.
This course in Digital Health Systems was the best decision for my personal and professional development. I believe this course and the Digital Health and Care Institute studentship are fantastic opportunities that are preparing me for the next stage in my life. As I wish to continue studying or working in digital health, I am excited about this healthcare revolution, and how I can be a part of this interesting future.