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Learn the analytical, technical, and healthcare knowledge and skills you need to improve healthcare quality, delivery, and efficiency using Big Data. 

Overview and Distinctions

Overview

Experts estimate that there are over 14 billion devices currently connected to the internet. They are all generating data, data that can be used by organizations to create better products and services, become more efficient, more effectively serve their customers, better target their marketing and communications, and develop new innovations. And, while nearly all industries are being impacted by the rise of Big Data, few have the potential to benefit from Big Data the way that the healthcare industry does.

Not only can Big Data improve efficiencies and profits for healthcare organizations, but it can also lead to vast improvements in patient care and public health overall. But, in order for the healthcare industry to benefit from Big Data, it needs people who can make sense of that data, recognize patterns, identify new opportunities, solve problems, and communicate what they've learned to management and healthcare practitioners.

The people who turn Big Data into knowledge in the healthcare industry are called healthcare analysts, and you can become one through D'Youville's Bachelor of Science in Health Analytics. You'll learn how to apply statistical and computer science skills to address complex problems by analyzing the data generated by a wide range of technologies.

What You'll Learn

You'll gain valuable knowledge about a wide range of topics spanning human anatomy to law to ethics to the business of healthcare and statistical analysis, and you'll learn how to communicate your insights to a wide range of audiences. You'll understand how to apply what you've learned to become a vital part of the healthcare industry in a wide variety of settings ranging from hospitals to nursing homes to insurance companies.

Perhaps most importantly, you'll learn what you need to know in order to become a part of the exciting and rapidly-growing healthcare analytics field as soon as you graduate.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • You'll be immersed in a curriculum that gives you a solid grounding in medical terminology, pharmaceutical treatments, the human body, and the diseases and conditions that affect it.
  • You'll gain a broad understanding of how the changes in the healthcare system are impacting business, law, and practice.
  • You'll gain both theoretical and hands on experience using cutting-edge technologies to collect, organize, store, and analyze data.
  • You'll learn how to use critical thinking, analytical skills, and statistical methods to predict outcomes and identify opportunities.
  • You'll understand the principles of management and how what you as a healthcare analysts impacts the business side of healthcare.
  • You'll learn the written, visual, and oral skills necessary to effectively communicate your ideas and insights to a wide range of audiences.
  • You'll gain real-world experience and grow your resume through hands-on internships in the industry.
  • You'll lean and work collaboratively with students from a wide variety of allied health fields through D'Youville's expansive and highly-respected academic offerings.
  • You'll receive personal attention from our thoughtful, caring faculty, many of whom are practicing professionals.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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BCBS Scholarship & internship

D'Youville is a proud partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, offering a Health Analytics BCBS Scholarship to help you fund your degree. This scholarship is good for four years and includes a guaranteed two-year internship with BCBS.

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Courses

Explore Courses in Health Analytics

Population Health — HAPH 306

Learn about the social determinants of health, as well as the public health versus clinical approaches to managing the health of communities. Explore the community health assessment process with an emphasis on the need and utility of a data-driven approach to decision making.

Introduction to Health Analytics — Coming Spring 2021

Explore techniques in health analytics and gain an introduction to the tools of the profession and your eventual career. Learn how data can be used for improving health at a population level through common tools and techniques. Build upon the expertise of experienced health professionals to learn analytics software, tasks, and workflows.

Health Information Management — HAPH 406

Discover the policy and legislative influences that have encouraged the rapidly paced adoption of health information technology (HIT). Explore the function, benefits, and challenges of widely-used HIT systems like electronic health records, telehealth, and mobile health.

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Careers

Careers

Your bachelor's degree in Health Analytics can lead to an entry-level career in a variety of healthcare settings from hospitals to HMOs to long-term care facilities.

A Health Analyst's role

This is what analysts do: they turn data into information and information into useful knowledge. As a Health Analyst, you'll tap into the vast sea of data being created every day by technologies ranging from websites to networked medical devices in order to provide insights that can impact the entire healthcare field.

Health analysts have the unique opportunity to make a real difference where they work by helping their organizations focus on best practices, areas of improvement, and opportunities for innovation. As a Health Analyst you'll help drive growth, point out where processes and procedures can be improved, identify opportunities for improving patient care, and provide the knowledge your organization needs in order to predict (and act on) the inevitable changes the future will bring.

Career Outlook

In a recent study, the McKinsey Global Institute predicted that by 2018 the United States will need nearly 200,000 people with deep analytical skills. And no wonder: according to consulting firm EMC, the current digital universe consists of around 6 trillion gigabytes of data, and that number’s doubling every two years. In fact, at the current rate of growth, the amount of data available to humanity will reach somewhere around 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020…in other words, 44,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data or almost 1.4 billion times the amount of data estimated to currently reside in the Library of Congress.

That's a lot of data. But data by itself isn't good for much. In order for data to become information that humans can use to create knowledge, it has to interpreted. Data that has been interpreted becomes meaningful to people, and once it means something it can be used to expand our knowledge of the world, improve our lives, and create new ideas and innovations that can literally change the world.

Because Health Analysts have the potential to use their skills and knowledge to bring positive change to the organizations they work for, their employment opportunities are nearly unlimited. As a Health Analyst you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a diverse range of health-related organizations in a wide variety of industry sectors such as: 

  • Healthcare providers
  • Nursing homes
  • Medical groups
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Industry consultants
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Advertising and marketing agencies
  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Facilities planners
  • Higher education
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies

Internships

Internships

When you graduate with a BS in Heath Analytics from D'Youville, you'll be able to hit the ground running for your new career because you'll already have acquired real, practical experience in the health analytics industry from the two internships you'll complete as part of our career-oriented curriculum.

Not only will you gain the practical experience that will help build your resume and impress potential employers, but you'll have had the experiences you need in order for you to decide where you want to fit in the field of health analytics.

As a student in D'Youville's Health Analytics program, you'll have the opportunity to explore a number of healthcare industry settings including insurance companies, hospitals, and research opportunities. Through your two internships you'll gain a better understanding of your employment options, enjoy a chance to network with potential employers and industry contacts, and gain an understanding of the many organizations that make up the healthcare system, all in real-world settings. 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and two years of science.
    • A minimum math average of 85%

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Why Study Health Analytics or Health Services Management at D’Youville

Melissa Borodzik, Health Analytics major, and Samuel Baron, Health Services Management major, describe their experience at D’Youville and how small classes, one-on-one instruction, and professors with real-world experience have prepared them for careers in the Health Services Administration field.

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