CS800 – Health Information Governance

Credits 10
Level 5
Semester 2
Prerequisites N/A
Availability Possible elective
Contact Lectures: 10 | Tutorials: 10 | Labs: 0
Self-study: 50| Group project: 30
Assessment Individual class test 20% and group project worth 80%.
Resit Individual assignment
Lecturer David McMenemy

General Aims

This module aims:

  • to ensure that the student is aware of the legal, ethical, social, and professional issues commensurate with professional practice within a digital health and care setting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students will:

  • Appreciate the characteristics of modern health data management.
  • Be able to form a sound basis on which to practise within the digital health and care space with a due regard for legal, ethical, and social issues.
  • Recognise and appreciate the professional aspects of other health and care classes within the curriculum, and how those aspects influence practice.


  • Professional Competence: codes of practice and competence; the role of the professional body; ethical practice; appreciation of business practices and change management; duties to client, employer and public; professional responsibilities; involvement in continuing education and professional development.
  • ICTs and society: the information society; impact of ICTs on society; cybercrime; digital evidence.
  • General and Specific Statue Law: including reference to, but not limited to, intellectual property law, Freedom of Information, Data Protection Act, Computer Misuse Act, Health and Safety legislation, Industrial relations legislation, Public liability, Employer liability.
  • Management of health data and records in the digital age.

Recommended Text/Reading*

* This list is indicative only – the class lecturer may recommend alternative reading material. Please do not purchase any of the reading material listed below until you have confirmed with the class lecturer that it will be used for this class.

Pandora’s Box: social and professional issues of the information age. Adams, Andrew A.and McCrindle, Rachel J. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. 2008 | Stocked at Amazon(Other retailers are available)

Information technology law.  Lloyd, Ian.  Oxford University Publishing, 2017.

Health Information systems: architecture and strategies.  Winter, A., Haux, R. & Soringerlink, 2011.

Digital health: Critical and Cross-disciplinary perspectives. Lupton, Deborah. Routledge, 2017.

Professional Issues in Information Technology. Bott, F. 2nd ed. British Computer Society. 2014.