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The Master of Science in Health Data Science is a fully accredited, 36-hour graduate program that launched in the fall of 2022. It is the first in the region focused on producing graduate-trained health data scientists with the high level of biostatistics and computing skills required to advance in the fast-growing field of health care analytics. This online and in-person program requires flexibility to accommodate working professionals seeking advanced health data science training.

Due to the advent of new technologies, a large amount of data is being generated in health care industries. For example, new sensor technologies have dramatically increased the frequency and reliability of the data being generated by individual patients. Therefore, there is a high demand for expertise in tracking, managing, analyzing and interpreting the high volume of data being generated. In addition, interdisciplinary research is a point of emphasis in academia, government and industry.

KU’s health data science master’s degree program is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce. “Data Scientist” has been ranked as one of the top jobs in the U.S. over the last several years. The recruiting website Glassdoor annually ranks the best jobs in U.S. based on three criteria: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction and the number of job openings. “Data Scientist” ranked as the #3 best job in 2022. A few examples of potential employment venues include academia, government, hospital, biotechnology, insurance company, pharmaceutical company and consulting.

This program can be completed in-person, online, or a combination of the two.  

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  • May 1: summer application deadline
  • August 1: fall application deadline
  • January 1: spring application deadline

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KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Biostatistics & Data Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1026
Kansas City, KS 66160