Public health is a data-driven field. As the number and diversity of data sources relevant to public health rapidly increases, so too does the demand for public health data scientists with expertise in collecting, managing, visualizing, and analyzing complex health data, and with the skills to communicate results to stakeholders and policymakers.
Job prospects for data scientists are excellent, with Glass Door reporting a median base salary of $108,000.
What Do Public Health Data Scientists Do?
This program is ideal for students who are seeking new roles as public health data scientists in government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations in the public health and biomedical fields, as well as working professionals already employed in such organizations, who would like to use data more effectively to advance their missions.
Many of these organizations are smaller in scale and have fewer resources at their disposal than the tech giants. Thus, students will be equipped to:
- Understand potential sources of bias in data sources relevant to public health;
- Formulate data-driven questions using existing data sources;
- Organize, assemble, and process raw data;
- Apply appropriate analysis tools and prediction models;
- Communicate results clearly and succinctly; and
- Ensure reproducibility throughout the data analysis process
Furthermore, students will receive solid, core training in public health, resulting in a truly interdisciplinary experience.
Examples of Positions Held by Public Health Data Scientists
Typical job titles include:
- Public health analyst
- Public health data analyst
- Clinical research data coordinator
- Clinical research data analyst
- Study coordinator
- Clinical research associates
- Clinical research coordinator
- Other positions that are required to set up databases, explore data, and/or create data visualizations
Nearly all graduates of our biostatistics MS and MPH programs are employed immediately after graduation. They obtain jobs locally, nationally and even internationally.
Local employment opportunities are plentiful, and include public research institutions such as:
- University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
- Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
- Mayo Clinic
- Hennepin County Medical Center
- United Health/Optum
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Boston Scientific
- North America Science Associates (NAMSA)
As one of the top biostatistics programs in the world, the Division of Biostatistics at the U of M School of Public Health is widely recognized and respected by researchers and employers, providing our graduates distinction in competitive career environments.