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What is a Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics?

Drexel Dornsife's Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics is a full-time undergraduate degree program that prepares students to work in data-intensive health applications and health science research.

Through their coursework, students learn the statistical analysis and computational skills necessary to handle large and complex data problems.

The program is interdisciplinary, and students are exposed to present-day scientific problems that provide context and motivation for the development of skills in statistical computing, data visualization, and scientific communication.

Students graduate with the requisite tools to serve as essential team members in a variety of data-driven research and industry settings.

What Makes the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program Unique?

Real-world immersion and hands-on practice experiences are key components of the program. Experiential learning through Drexel's signature Co-op program enhance your skills and understanding of the public health industry.

CEPH accredited bachelor's, masters, and doctoral programs in public health

Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The school ranks as the top graduate school of public health in Philadelphia.

Additional benefits of the Bachelor’s in Health Data Analytics program at Drexel University include:

  • State-of-the-art resources: Students have access to Drexel resources for enhanced student success.
  • Individualized attention: Experience direct attention and connectedness of a close undergraduate cohort.
  • A sense of community: Drexel is located and deeply-engaged in the city of Philadelphia, where students can build lifelong relationships with highly motivated, diverse peers.
  • Highly developed coursework: An interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes statistical analysis, computing, data visualization, scientific communication skills, and real-world applications.
  • Award-winning faculty: Drexel Dornsife faculty conduct population health research in communities across the United States and the world, focusing on areas including epidemiology, biostatistics, global health, health policy, and health economics.
  • A renowned program: U.S. News & World Report ranked Dornsife the #1 graduate school of public health in Philadelphia and the school is tied for #19 in the country. 

Learning Outcomes for Drexel Dornsife’s Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics Degree

Students in the Health Data Analytics degree program learn to:

  • Understand data in context, using information about data collection, study design, and scientific domain knowledge to build understanding of measured variables
  • Manage and manipulate complex datasets
  • Apply advanced statistical analysis methods appropriately
  • Create data visualizations and communicate findings to a broad audience
  • Work collaboratively as part of a research team

To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics program, request more information to speak with an academic advisor today.

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Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the Bachelor's in Health Data Analytics degree, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Completion of high school curriculum that will best prepare them for freshman-year studies at the college level
  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics Application Requirements

In order for your application to be reviewed, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Undergraduate admission application
  • Application fee
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Financial aid information, completed FAFSA form

Standardized test scores are optional for most applicants.

Drexel Dornsife Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate tuition and fees can be found on Drexel Central website.

image of graduation cap showing 99.7 percent of first-year students were offered financial support from Drexel

In the 2020–2021 academic year, Drexel offered financial support to 99.7% of its incoming first-year students. The average scholarship and grant aid offered to the first-year students was $34,203, which includes federal, state, and institutional aid.

Steps on how to apply for financial aid and the different resources available to you can be found on Drexel Central.


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Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics Curriculum

Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the Dornsife School of Public Health, students take courses in biostatistics, information science, public health, mathematics, epidemiology, and additional scientific disciplines of their choosing.

As students progress through the major, they gain deeper analytical skills through coursework, co-op experience, and senior capstone project.

Students develop a course of study that builds their knowledge in areas including:

  • Statistical Inference and Statistical Computing
  • Research Methods
  • Data Curation and Data Mining
  • Information Visualization

Bachelor of Science in Health Data Analytics Required Courses

The Bachelor's in Health Data Analytics degree program requires four years of structured coursework, consisting of required core courses and electives in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and in other academic units across Drexel University.

Core public health courses in the program include:

  • PBHL 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBHL 301 Epidemiology in Public Health
  • PBHL 210 Biostatistics 1 or PBHL 312 Public Health Data Analysis
  • PBHL 211 Biostatistics 2
  • PBHL 215 Introduction to Clinical Research
  • PBHL 335 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
  • PBHL 340 Advanced Biostatistical Analysis
  • PBHL 400 Introduction to Statistical Inference

Students can choose from a number of elective courses in social sciences and public health, as well as a number of free electives. A senior capstone experience completes the degree.

Public Health Minors

Drexel undergraduate students may pursue a minor in order to broaden their range of knowledge in the field of public health. Minors include:

  • Public Health
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Public Health
  • Health and Social Justice

To learn more visit Undergraduate Public Health Minors.

Practical Experience Through Drexel Co-op

The Drexel Co-op is a key component of the curriculum and provides students with professional employment experiences. Students graduate prepared to make real-world contributions to population health or pursue a professional or other graduate degree.

Degree Requirements for Dornsife's Bachelor's Degree in Health Data Analytics

In order to receive a BS in Health Data Analytics, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 180 credits, including required courses in general university education, physical and life sciences, social sciences and public health
  • Pass three writing-intensive courses (two in a student's major and the third in any discipline)
  • Completion of senior capstone experience

What Can You Do With a BS in Health Data Analytics?

The BS in Health Data Analytics degree prepares students for jobs requiring data analysis skills in a variety of settings.

Some fields in which health data analysts work include the following:

  • Health Informatics
  • Clinical Research
  • Hospital and Healthcare Systems
  • Health Policy
  • Drug Development
  • Insurance
  • Government Agencies

A degree in health data analytics can lead to a promising career in a field full of opportunity and potential.

During her time at Dornsife, Rachel Seitz, MPH ’20, “realized that data informs policy and that I love data.” After working with data in the classroom and in practical settings, she planned for a career that “allows me to use data and policy together.”

Learn more about what you can do with a public health degree and the benefits of studying public health in Philadelphia.

Post-College Employment for Drexel Graduates

Drexel Dornsife provides a world-class education that equips students with the skill set to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

In a post-graduation survey of alumni, 94 percent of Drexel undergraduates were working or enrolled in graduate or professional education, while 93% of those working full-time were satisfied with their position.

Out of co-op participants working full-time, 47.8% had received a job offer from a former co-op employer.

View more Drexel graduate statistics from the One-Year-Out Alumni Survey of the 2019 graduating class.

BS in Health Data Analytics Salary Ranges

In May 2021 the median annual wage for statisticians was $95,570. For health information managers it was $101,340, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Overall employment of statisticians and health information managers is projected to grow over 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Furthering Your Public Health Education with a Graduate Degree

Majoring in health data analytics also enables students to take the prerequisite courses needed for graduate programs in biostatistics, epidemiology, or other quantitative fields.

View Graduate Public Health Degrees at Dornsife


Contact


Rachel Benjamin-Bannett, MSW, LSW
Academic Advisor
rb3383@drexel.edu

Lucy Robinson, PhD
BS in Health Data Analytics Program Director
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
lfr32@drexel.edu