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Cert in Building Digital Healthcare Communities - Springboard

Certificate in Building Digital Healthcare Communities - Springboard+

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements: NFQ Level 7 or equivalent, be working as qualified clinicians, allied health professionals and administrative staff in health care environments.

Credits: 30

Places: 24


Free to unemployed applicants. €300 for employed applicants. (10% of full fee)

For full eligibility criteria please see

Why Study?

  • The programme is for anyone interested in using digital technologies as a catalyst toward improved healthcare.
  • Students will be introduced to the concepts, strategies, technologies and standards, which will drive the proposed electronic health care (eHealth) initiative in Ireland.
  • The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the underlying strategies and technical elements involved in eHealth, and to enable these students to take a leadership role in the implementation of an eHealth environment.
  • The focus will be on that aspect of the overall eHealth Ireland strategy which sees healthcare moving from the acute hospitals into community setting; the so-called Stay Left Shift Left strategy.
  • The programme seeks to give a grounding in ehealth strategy, systems, and processes to people involved in community and remote healthcare scenarios, and enable them to formulate plans for promoting, monitoring and facilitating healthcare delivery through digital technologies.
  • The programme is aimed at community healthcare workers, from the public, private and the voluntary sectors, who are interested in using digital technologies as a catalyst toward improved healthcare delivery. Moreover, the programme will also be of benefit to solutions providers and developers as they engage with the concept of digital healthcare ecosystems.

Approved under Springboard+ 2021,  open for applications on 

Programme Modules

eHealth Systems & Implementation: (5 Credits) (Semester 1) - download module details here (PDF)

  1. Electronic information systems
  2. ehealth ecosystems
  3. Cloud and mobile eHealth technologies
  4. Change management in health care environments
  5. ICT project management

eHealth Strategy & Data: (5 Credits) (Semester 1  - download module details here (PDF)

  1. Data concepts
  2. Healthcare data sources, data presentation
  3. Data collection activities, coding and standards
  4. Data safeguarding, legal and ethical responsibilities
  5. eHealth strategy
  6. Case studies – ongoing strategic eHealth initiatives

Telehealth Technologies: (10 Credits) (Semester 2) - download module details here (PDF)

  1. Telehealth-monitoring/diagnostic-system components
  2. Telehealth devices
  3. Health and wellness apps
  4. Cybersecurity safeguarding
  5. Healthcare analytics

The Digital Healthcare Community: (10 Credits) (Semester 2) - download module details here  (PDF)

  1. Digital media and society
  2. Understanding the digital community lifecycle
  3. Digitally integrated care, systems, pillars and processes
  4. Ethics and legal Issues for digital healthcare communities
  5. Quality, patient safety, risk

Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

  1. Exercise a critical knowledge and understanding in the use of current and emerging telehealth technologies in a remote healthcare setting.
  2. Inform the design of health & wellness and monitoring solutions in specific remote situations giving regard to legal and ethical health information considerations.
  3. Evaluate the requirements for ethical data analytics in a remote healthcare scenario and its contribution to the overall healthcare solution.
  4. Have a critical understanding of the digital community lifecycle, and the legal and ethical requirements around digital healthcare communities.
  5. Critically evaluate and apply process/workflow models to scenarios where healthcare moves from in-person to remote provision whilst ensuring patient safety, public patient involvement and healthcare quality.
  6. Apply use cases to analyse and demonstrate remote healthcare solutions across different health and social care scenarios with cognisance to both a national and global perspectives.
  7. Exercise independent judgement in the planning and implementation of healthcare systems, using standard project management techniques.

Essential Information: 

The programme is delivered online over two consecutive semesters, a total of 26 weeks.

Student engagement will be primarily through the GMIT online learning environment where the content will be delivered through online video/slide presentations, documents, two-way discussions/tutorials and interactive practicals.

This programme is delivered entirely online. The participants will engage with a suite online learning resources delivered using synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery as required.

Lecture notes, video materials, live weekly tutorial sessions, blogs, chats, online messaging, e-tivities, and webinars will form aspects of the delivery approach.

As this is a part-time programme it is recognised that potential students will come from diverse healthcare settings, and as such will bring their own unique experiences and challenges to the learning environment.

In this context, online class discussions/blogs around digital health/eHealth implementations, telehealth technologies and systems and existing and emerging digital communities will be very much encouraged to facilitate a shared learning experience.

As the area of eHealth and telehealth continues to evolve, case studies detailing areas of best practice will be employed with guest lecturers contributing in their specific areas of expertis.



Application Process

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Springboard+ Fees - FREE for those classified as unemployed.

The Springboard+ Fee for employed participants is €300.


One year over two semesters.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2021-2027


Contact Us

School:                            School of Health Science, Wellbeing & Society

Department:                    Department of Health Science, Wellbeing & Society

Head of Department       Justin Kerr

Programme Chairs         Brian Mulhern  and Richard Holmes


Contact person for applications

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road

085 805 3691 from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2021-2027