Health Data Analytics (MS)

Master of Science in Health Data Analytics  (HEDAMS)
Unit: School of Public Health and Information Sciences (GH)
Department: Health Management and Systems Sciences
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The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has approved this program to be offered at the University of Louisville. The intended first term for enrollments currently is Fall 2019. Interested individuals should contact the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences for more information.

Program Information

The Master of Science in Health Data Analytics program will educate and trains public health graduate students in data analytics using the most recently developed techniques for Big Data, data mining, and algorithmic analysis.

Competencies

The MS in Data Analytics Program focuses on four key competencies:

  1. Public health knowledge
  2. Data warehouse development for health data analytics
  3. Health data analytics
  4. Translation of data analytics into actionable knowledge

Curriculum

The curriculum has four main components:

  1. Public health foundations
  2. Principles of data warehouse construction (i.e., creating Big Data from little data)
  3. Advanced analytics (i.e., Big Data analytics, data mining)
  4. Master’s thesis based on original research using health data

Admission Requirements

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has approved this program to be offered at the University of Louisville. The intended first term for enrollments currently is Fall 2019. Interested individuals should contact the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences for more information.

The MS program is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in biostatistics, statistics, mathematics, computer science or a related discipline and have competency in college-level calculus, statistics, regression analysis, as evidenced by transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended by the applicant.

This program is available to both part-time and full-time students; however, the part-time student must be cognizant that courses are offered on an alternating basis, usually every two years. Part-time students must pursue the recommended course sequence as courses are available.

The following are additional requirements for admission:

  • Graduate application submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies 
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • At least two letters of recommendation written within past twelve months, submitted via the Graduate School website
  • Students are asked to submit a current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Submission of GRE Quantitative section score to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  • All postsecondary transcripts (requires foreign credential evaluation if not from accredited U.S. institution)
  • Statement of goals (i.e., general research interests)
  • Admission interviews by the HMSS Health Leadership Committee are required and are in addition to your application for admission. An interview provides the HMSS Health Leadership Committee an additional source of information and perspective about your potential fit for the University of Louisville.
  • If candidate’s primary language is not English, one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 250 (after conversion for test type)
    • Passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville
    • Degree from an accredited U.S. institution

Retention and Completion 

On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least twice each semester with his or her advisor. The faculty advisor works with the student to develop a program of study and serves as academic mentor and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate school.

Program Requirements

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has approved this program to be offered at the University of Louisville. The intended first term for enrollments currently is Fall 2019. Interested individuals should contact the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences for more information.

There are 41 total credit hours in this curriculum, broken down as follows:

  • 35 credit hours of required coursework
  • 3 credit hours of thesis research
  • 3 credit hours of project management (practicum/internship)

To graduate, students must successfully complete the 41 credit hour curriculum and thesis, and have an overall 3.0 GPA in program coursework.  All courses within the curriculum are required and there are no electives.

Coursework

PHEP 622Population Pathology3
PHMS 636 Leadership in Health Information Management (course pending)3
PHMS 638 Data Security and Electronic Health Records (course pending)3
PHMS 639 Health Data Analytics Practicum (course pending)3
PHMS 640 Master's Thesis Research in Health Data Analytics (course pending)3
PHMS 641Data Mining I3
PHMS 642Data Mining II3
PHMS 643Data Management in Health Service Research3
PHMS 682Population Health Information Management3
PHPH 523Public Health in the United States2
PHST 661Probability3
PHST 662Mathematical Statistics3
PHST 691Bayesian Inference and Decision3
PHST 710Advanced Statistical Computing I3
Minimum Total Hours41