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About the Program

The Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences views health data analytics as the wave of the future in public health and medicine. We recognize the need to educate and train students in practical application of health data analytics (big data, big data science, data mining, and data warehouse technologies) to real world problems in public health and medicine to meet an immediate and rapidly increasing demand for professionals with these critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

The Master of Science in Health Data Analytics (MSHDA) is designed for professionals working in the healthcare industry or seeking a career transition who want to understand the intersection of healthcare tools and informatics with patient care and service.
• Learn to use data analytics methods and tools to solve the challenges faced within the healthcare industry
• Develop actionable procedures for data insights implementation and evaluation
• Learn from world-class faculty with extensive applied experience
• Complete your degree in as little as three semesters

Program Details

Our MSHDA program of study is designed to train students in fundamentals of public health, data warehouse/database creation and management, compliance with federal codes and regulations regarding PHI, and advanced analytics skills. MSHDA courses draw from real world projects gathered from the local healthcare industry. Healthcare management is information-intensive data-centric. All required courses include the use of data, information, research methods, or technology, focus on the translation process: numbers -> data -> information -> actionable analytic results. 

 The program is available in an online format only. 

Graduates of the MSHDA program will have a solid foundation in the principles and issues in public health from a population health perspective, and understand how to bring empirical data analysis to bear on critical issues.

To graduate, students must successfully complete the 33 credit hours curriculum and capstone: 27 credit hours of required coursework, 3 credit hours of capstone coursework, and 3 credit hours of project management through practicum/internship. In addition, students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in coursework.

Hear from MSHDA student Stephen Fry about the value of earning a degree in this field and why you should choose UofL to continue your education.

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. Application of program competencies towards solving real-world problems in the MSHDA Capstone project

The MSHDA is designed to be completed in 1.5 years on a full time basis. Courses are offered 100% online to accommodate students who work full‐time. 

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