What Skills Will You Develop With a Master of Science in Healthcare Analytics Degree?
To earn your Master of Science degree in Healthcare Analytics, you will complete the 8 courses listed below for a total of 32 credit hours. The Healthcare Analytics degree has 6 analytic core competency focused courses which are common with the general Business Analytics program, i.e., are cross-utilized across topical focus areas (e.g., healthcare, sports analytics), while 2 topical immersion courses are developed to address the unique considerations of healthcare. The course progression has been developed to allow you to advance through fundamental, intermediate, and advanced program levels.
Introduces the key concepts, common data collection approaches, sources and methods of epidemiology and population-based health research. For all methods, issues associated with healthcare data quality control, validity and reliability will be covered. Medical insurance, vital records, epidemiological research data and other major sources of public health data will be discussed. This course will introduce students to common and newly emerging data collection sources and methods used in epidemiological research. It will also introduce students to the challenges corporate America is undergoing due to the increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the workplace, and what population health strategy solutions are implemented to mitigate cost and facilitate optimal population health (for self-insured and fully insured companies). The course will also prepare students to manage the collection and storage of biological specimens, understand the fundamental concepts and methods of biostatistics as applied predominantly to clinical research and public health analyses. Clinical trials will also be addressed.
Students will develop a capstone project that will include collecting, analyzing and developing insights from healthcare data in an aspect of healthcare that is of interest to them. Faculty will work to pair students with partner companies or institutions to supply data and business challenges to use as the foundation of the capstone project or students can develop a research plan individually with their employer or another business, organization or institution. The Capstone experience will also provide to students critical skills needed to succeed in the healthcare analytics workforce today and to ensure they succeed and are valuable in the workforce today and in the future, as the healthcare business evolves, such as understanding of optimal project management skills, process and performance improvement techniques (Lean), and leadership skills.