FAQs

Master of Science in Health Data Analytics

  1. What GPA do I need to enter the program?

    There is no required GPA for admission into the Master of Science in Health Data Analytics program.

    However, students in the program will need to maintain a 3.0 to graduate.

    Grades in previously taken courses relevant to the degree (math, statistics, etc.) will be a strong indication of student success in this program.

  2. What GRE score do I need to be accepted into the program?

    While there’s no minimum GRE to apply to the program, a strong quantitative background is recommended.

    Therefore, successful students will typically score above the 40th percentile in the quantitative reasoning section of the test.

  3. I want to enroll part-time. How long will it take me to complete the program?

    Since certain courses are only offered in the Fall or Spring semesters (see Course List [hyperlink] for details), part-time program students will take around 4.5 years to graduate.

  4. What is the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Examination?

    In addition to receiving your master’s degree, the CHDA certification from the American Health Information Management Association boosts your professional credentials and reputation as a health data expert.

    Completing your master’s program with UofL will effectively prepare you to sit for this exam, but it is by no means a requirement for graduating from the program.

  5. Where and when will I complete the Practicum component of the program?

    The practicum is an exciting component of the program that allows you to get hands-on learning experience in the health data analytics field.

    The practicum will be completed at a location of your choice, within your local community (note: you can complete your practicum with your current employer, but the work completed cannot be part of your day-to-day job tasks).

    Full-time students will complete the practicum during the summer between their first and second year in the program (part-time students should speak with an enrollment counselor for more information).

  6. How does this program differ from the online Master of Science in Biostatistics program also offered from the College of Public Health?

    Health Data Analytics and Biostatistics are both viable degree options for a career in healthcare data information analysis.

    At their core, both programs deal with analysis and interpretation of healthcare data with innovative tools like machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics.

    The differences are in how the data is manipulated, structured, and analyzed. Biostatisticians will typically work with clean data sets, looking for answers to specific, targeted questions related directly to the research project.

    Data Analysts take a broader look and are typically responsible for data cleansing and preparation. Data analysts analyze information to explore connections and insights that might not yet be identified.

    In other words, Biostatistics is a more theory-based, whereas Health Data Analytics includes ‘data wrangling’ and looks at population level health and outcomes.

  7. Can I transfer graduate-level credits from another university?

    You can transfer up to six credit hours from another regionally accredited university.

    However, to be accepted, the content in the courses you have completed must closely match the required courses for the master’s in Health Data Analytics at UofL.

    The program will consider your transfer coursework when you submit your application.


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