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New BUSPH Program to Meet Growing Industry Demand

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has announced the launch of the Population Health Data Science (PHDS) program. This move comes as the public health industry increasingly emphasizes data-driven decision-making to address complex health challenges.

The PHDS program, set to begin in the fall of 2023, aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to use data to solve public health problems. The program will focus on data analysis, statistical modeling, machine learning, and data visualization, all of which are key skills in the growing field of data science as it relates to public health.

The demand for data scientists in the public health industry is rapidly growing, with many organizations looking to leverage the power of data to drive better health outcomes. The need for professionals with expertise in data science is particularly acute in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted the importance of data in responding to public health crises.

Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of BUSPH, explains that the new program is designed to meet this growing demand for data scientists in the public health industry. “Data science is rapidly transforming the field of public health, and there is a pressing need for professionals who can leverage data to improve health outcomes,” says Dr. Galea. “Our new program will equip students with the skills they need to make a real impact in the industry.”

The program will also develop industry partnerships to spark collaborations that address emerging scientific questions and challenges within the field. “We hope the PHDS Program will help serve as a bridge connecting students with data science faculty and industry affiliates who can provide mentored projects and internships,” says PHDS Program Director Debbie Cheng, professor of biostatistics.

The launch of the PHDS program at BUSPH is a significant step forward for industries in general, as it seeks to leverage the power of data to drive better health outcomes. As the world continues to evolve, programs like this one will be essential in meeting the growing demand for professionals with expertise in data science.

Learn more about the program here.

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