The MS in Biostatistics with area of concentration in Health Data Science is designed for students with a background in calculus, some experience with a programming language, and a strong interest in public health and data science. The HDS concentration emphasizes biostatistical theory and statistical computational methods for analyzing, processing and interpreting large-scale data sets so that students are prepared to clean, store, manage, manipulate, visualize and process high dimensional data as well as be effective statistical collaborators in interdisciplinary studies; and lead the design and execution of studies.
Addressing the rising need for health care analytics, our HDS concentration provides cross-disciplinary and necessary training for graduates of our program to be in high demand. In fact, Glassdoor ranks data scientist as the #1 best job in America for 2019 and Forbes magazine states “IBM Predicts Demand For Data Scientists Will Soar 28% by 2020. Here are just a few employers with open positions for health data scientists found on a recent search on Indeed, Glassdoor and ZipRecruiter:
Typical median salary ranges were $56,000-$125,000.
Students with the health data science concentration will master the core MS in biostatistics competencies and will also be able to:
40 credits, including:
MS-HDS Schedule (PDF)
MS-HDS Degree Requirements Worksheet (PDF, 2019-20)
Student Handbook (PDF, 2019-20)
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"The proliferation of master’s and doctoral programs in data science and analytics continues, seemingly due to the insatiable demand of employers for data scientists." - Amstat News, 2019
Applications for fall admission are due by April 1 for international applicants and July 15 for US applicants.
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