Digital Futures in Health and Social Care (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

Course code L45D

What is special about this course?

This CPD Digital Futures in Health and Social Care (SCQF level 9) course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the changing nature of health alongside the use of digital technology. 

The module content will help you to understand how and why we are moving towards digital technologies in healthcare, and equip you with the ability to critically analyse the use of these technologies within health and social care.

Digital futures looks specifically at issues such as big data, surveillance, privacy, ethics, interoperability and information governance. Using a multi-discipline approach of sociological, psychological and political theory, you will gain the ability to understand and apply your learning to case studies and technology thoughout the module.

This module is particularly useful to anyone in employment in areas such as health and social care, wishing to learn about their digital work environments.

Special features

  • Fully online and offers real flexibility in terms of learning and content
  • Deals with the very current theme of digital health 
  • Explores issues that you are currently experiencing within your work space
  • Our VLE allows you to study this module from anywhere in the world with support from the lecturers
  • Looks at current technologies as well as those that may be used in the future

Entry requirements

  • An SCQF level 8 qualification or equivalent eg a DipHE or HND
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

CPD Award

You will study the following topics as part of this module:

  • Barriers to digital integration 
  • Big data
  • Drivers and enablers of digital technology in healthcare
  • Ethical issues surrounding digital health
  • Human centred design
  • Partnerships in health and social care
  • Thinking about digital health - political economy approach 
  • Thinking about digital health - political: sociomateriality and the biopsychosocial model 
  • Thinking about digital health - political: surveillance and privacy 

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of live and recorded video-conference lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 15 weeks @ 9-13 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI Perth.

Start date

  • January


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


External scholarships and financial support may be available.

This module qualifies for Upskilling funding, you may be able to apply for this subject to availability - please contact the college for further details.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this qualification can be shown to current and future employers as evidence of Continued Professional Development in the field of Digital Health and Care, and enable progression within your chosen career.

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