Postgraduate Institute of Medicine
University of Colombo
Applications are called from international students for the
MSc in Biomedical Informatics
Commencing 1 October 2018
Applications Close on 31 July 2018
Selection Examination on 27 August 2018
The MSc in Biomedical Informatics programme in the University of Colombo was established in 2008 in collaboration with the University of Oslo with funding from Norad administered by the Norwegian Center for International Corporation in Higher Education. The programme has produced 120 graduates in the 6 batches that have graduated so far. There are 55 in training in the 7th and 8th batches.
The overall objective of the course is to produce leaders in biomedical and health informatics who could spearhead the development of biomedical and health informatics in the health system of Sri Lanka. It is aimed at medical and dental graduates who plan to take a career as biomedical and health informaticians. In Sri Lanka, Biomedical and Health Informatics is recognized as a medical specialty. Graduates of the MSc course are appointed as Medical Officers or Dental Surgeons in Health Informatics in the National Health Service of Sri Lanka depending on their background. Thereafter, they have the option of reading for a MD in Health Informatics which makes them eligible to be board certified as consultants.
The MSc course is a 2 year full time course. The prospectus of the course can be downloaded from http://pgim.cmb.ac.lk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BMIprospectus-29.11.2013.pdf.
There is a strong emphasis on exposure to health care settings, and as such from the second semester of training students spend 40% of their time experiencing health informatics in practice in the national health service of Sri Lanka. The students have the opportunity to experience how the health services in Sri Lanka, which is known to be providing high quality universal health coverage in spite of low investment, are organized and delivered. Therefore the course offers an unique opportunity for those from around the world to obtain experience within the National Health System of Sri Lanka.
The applicants have to sit a selection examination. The examination is a multiple choice examination that covers basic knowledge in information and communication technology and health systems. The examination will be administered online to overseas applicants.
The course fee is USD 9000. The University of Colombo does not provide accommodation for postgraduate students. The living costs in Colombo and suburbs range from USD 300 to USD 500 per month depending on the type of accommodation the student prefers.
Examination Circular is available at http://pgim.cmb.ac.lk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Circular-58.pdf
Application forms can be downloaded from http://pgim.cmb.ac.lk/index.php/applications/
If you have any questions please contact Dr Achala Jayatilleke, Secretary of the Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics that administers the course on firstname.lastname@example.org.