The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Data Science (HDS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago introduces students to a more technical subject matter and move them beyond “knowing about” the subject to developing experience actually working with healthcare data. HDS requires a unique set of skills that combine deep business and quantitative abilities applied to solve clinical and research challenges. Students build key competencies in data analytics applied specifically to healthcare. The HDS concentration addresses a job market gap and prepares students for the data analytics profession.
The competency-based approach incorporates a focus on active learning through hands-on assignments. Students are engaged to “learn how to learn” through experiential learning applied to real-life scenarios. This prepares students to be independent thinkers and researchers that use creative, critical and computational approaches to solve new problems they encounter. The HDS concentration empowers students to become more expert, regardless of their level, by choices they make themselves in a new field that is still developing. Collaboration is encouraged and everyone learns more when interacting and contributing together. The HDS curriculum will enable students to:
- Work on solutions that support innovation in healthcare
- Learn how to identify key questions to help them define new problems
- Design their own unique solutions
- Develop solutions from initial ideas to completion and implementation
- Build an intellectual toolkit of ideas and tactics that meet new industry demands
- Assemble a portfolio of completed projects in their specific area of interest