Health Data Science and Biostatistics Diploma Program

The University of Calgary offers a professionally-oriented diploma that begins with a Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Analytics. Then, students are allowed to choose between three unique specializations in Data Science and Analytics to prepare you for a job in these emerging fields: Data ScienceBusiness Analytics and Health Data Science & Biostatistics. Each specialization takes place over a four-course semester and will end in the student gaining a Graduate Diploma.

The Diploma in Data Science and Analytics with a specialization in Health Data Science & Biostatistics will provide the skills necessary to advance precision medicine and precision public health. You will learn how to use various modern analytic techniques including machine learning, natural language processing and data visualization and how to apply these skills using "Big Data" in health.

The Health Data Science and Biostatistics specialization classes are being held in the Centre for Health Informatics for the winter semester as of January 2020. Students take courses in Advanced Statistical Modelling, Machine Learning for Health Data Science, Big Data in Health, and Advanced Exploration and Visualization in Health.

 

What do you learn?

  • Modeling binary outcomes
  • Poisson regression and negative binomial regression
  • Modeling in the non-independent/clustered data setting
  • Catching and modelling non-linear relationships in linear model setting
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Basic Neural Networks
  • Sequential Data Modeling
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Ethical and explainable machine learning
  • Understanding health research methods and epidemiology
  • Understanding the purpose and features of health datasets
  • Using and analyzing various datasets
  • Practicing oral and written communication skills in presenting health data analysis
  • Visualization development
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Visualization techniques and tools
  • Health data visualization
  • Narrative, visual presentations of analytic results

Students in the Health Data Science program have access to the Centre and are quickly immersed in the Centre’s culture of learning and teamwork throughout their studies. By being in the Centre, students have the unique opportunity to interact, network with, and gain knowledge from leaders in the field of health data science on a daily basis. The development of education programs such as this helps to create a pipeline of well-trained students into research at the Cumming School of Medicine or into industry careers.

HDSB Students

Winter 2020 Semester

During the first semester of the program, twelve students enrolled in the Health Data Science and Biostatistics specialization. 

Check out their bios!

If you would like to learn more about the other specialization options, click here.