BS in Health Data Science

Advance human health with data science

Health data science is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary field requiring a diverse set of skills to extract knowledge and insights from data. Health data scientists will be at the center of an estimated $300 billion value added to the American health sector annually by big data and analytics.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Data Science features an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates biostatistics, computer science and informatics that will create an attractive package for employers working with health data locally, nationally and internationally. Students may receive a minor in computer science from the Department of Computer and Information Science.

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Hi! My name is Logan Harris. I was born and raised in Fort Wayne and graduated from Homestead High School. I am an alum of the BS in Health Data Science. I gained a great number of skills from the program from learning to think statistically to problem solving and of course programming, but I think the best part of the degree was the diversity. No one came in with the same background, but we were all successful, and we surely didn’t end up in the same place. This is one degree that can open up a plethora of doors no matter where your interests lie. Whether it’s in business to biology and everything in between, I’m sure there will be an application in the field that you love. 

 

Now of course, the big question is, is this program right for you? I certainly had that same question myself, but I can confidently answer yes; if you love working with data and you enjoy problem solving, then you will have a blast in this program. Additionally, not many of us came in with much more than a glimpse into programming and our mathematical backgrounds varied widely. With the small class sizes and the great professors, I’m sure that you will succeed in this program!   

All of the topics we learn in the program apply to real-world problems.

Rebecca Gorman, Health Data Science Alumna

Curriculum

To complete this degree, you will take a combination of general education courses, health data science major and core courses, electives, and/or a minor in computer science that together total at least 120 credits.

Health Data Science Curriculum

Competencies

Upon completing the Bachelor of Science in Health Data Science, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate computing knowledge and “hacking” skills (data capture and visualization)
  • Analyze results using appropriate biostatistical methods (analytical skills)
  • Think critically and creatively to solve problems and discover meaning in large data (open-mindedness, curiosity)
  • Conduct biostatistical analyses in an ethical and responsible manner (professionalism)
  • Effectively communicate results of analyses to non- experts (communication, “story telling”, presentation skills).

Admission criteria

Ready to get started? You must first apply to IU Fort Wayne

If you are currently attending IU Fort Wayne and want to pursue one of our majors, please meet with Danielle Dickow (ddickow@iufw.edu) to declare or change your major. Minimum admission criteria to the school and program:

  • 12 credit hours completed
  • 2.5 prior term GPA
  • 2.5 cumulative IU GPA
  • Completion of English 13100 with a grade of "C" or higher

Apply to the Fairbanks School of Public Health

Please note you will be leaving the IU Fort Wayne website to complete the application on an IUPUI hosted site. You will be redirected back to our IUFW page upon submitting your application to the school.

Direct Admission Criteria

Once you’ve been admitted to IU Fort Wayne, you are eligible for direct admission to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health if you meet the following minimums:

  • 2.8 high school GPA and 1,000 on the SAT (19 on the ACT)

or

  • 3.0 high school GPA without submission of SAT or ACT scores

If you are admitted to IU Fort Wayne but are not admissible directly to the school of public health, you can be admitted as a pre-public health student until the following minimum criteria are met:

  • 12 credit hours completed
  • 2.5 previous term GPA
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of ENGL 13100 with a grade of “C” or higher

Students in the school of public health must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

Questions? Contact our Admissions Counselor.

Intercampus Transfer

If you are transferring to IU Fort Wayne from another IU campus, you may pursue one of our majors if you meet the following minimum criteria:

  • 2.5 previous term GPA
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

Students in the school of public health must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

External Transfers

If you are transferring to IU Fort Wayne from another university, please e-mail Danielle Dickow ddickow@iufw.edu for more information.