One Arkansas university will now offer a new degree track in health care data analytics.
The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will roll out a new Master of Science degree track in Healthcare Data Analytics, starting in the fall of 2020. The program will be a two-years and require 36-credit hours.
According to a UAMS news release, this program marks the first degree program of its kind in Arkansas. The degree program will be through UAMS’ Department of Health Policy and Management.
During the program, students will be trained in “analytical, informatics and computational skills” necessary to succeed in the health care analytics field. Students will be trained in data aggregation, data mining, forecasting, data management and more.
“The program will give students access to unique and real health care data,” Clare Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, said in a statement. “Ultimately, the program will teach students the skills needed to independently analyze health care data.”
Courses will consist of both in-person classes and online classes and will be drawn from multiple departments, including the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine.
According to Mandana Rezaeiahari, an assistant professor in the department, the new master’s degree program will serve as a pipeline for a growing sector in the health care field. “We’re so excited to begin offering this program in Arkansas. This new program in health care data analytics is a great opportunity to meet the demand for information in this field,” she says.