Health Data Sciences

About the Major

Health data science is a rapidly growing, 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 to create an attractive package for employers like Eli Lilly, FitBit, and IU Health that work with health data locally, nationally, and internationally. Many students in the major complete an internship which increases their employability after graduation.

Studies and abilities this major develops include: biostatistics, computer programming, management, communication skills, analytical skills, understanding of diversity, and knowledge of the health care industry.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Probability in health data science
  • Introduction to biostatistical computing
  • Discrete computational structures
  • Data mining
  • Computer and information ethics
  • Media applications

Possible Careers

  • Bioinformaticist
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Scientific database curator
  • Scientific informatics project leader
  • Senior research associate


Where could I work?

  • IU Health
  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Eli Lilly
  • Inovalon
  • Indiana Biosciences
  • Research Institute
  • BioCrossroads
  • Center for Disease Control
  • FitBit

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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