Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) announced a new graduate program for training data scientists in the healthcare industry. The Healthcare Data Science program will serve working professionals with an educational background and/or experience in science, engineering, computing, mathematics, nursing or public health.

The Healthcare Data Science program is taught by faculty from SLUCOR, which has specialized in analysis of large datasets since it was founded in 2003.

"Data scientists are among the most in-demand employees in the healthcare industry," Thomas Burroughs, professor and executive director of SLUCOR, said in a statement. "Although the healthcare system is creating an unprecedented amount of digital data today, leaders are struggling to turn ‘big data' into usable information to improve patient care and health system efficiency. Data scientists are a key to transforming the healthcare industry."

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SLUCOR has led major funded research for improving the quality of medical care across the United States by focusing on big data, said Philip Alderson, vice president of medical affairs. "The new Healthcare Data Science program is an opportunity to leverage SLUCOR's expertise and experience to train tomorrow's leaders in health care," Alderson said.

The SLUCOR faculty includes nine primary members and 21 affiliate faculty members who are trained in statistics, research methodology, analytics, data management, economics, public health and a variety of medical subspecialties. SLUCOR faculty members have extensive experience working across the healthcare industry, including hospitals, medical groups, health plans and pharmaceutical/biotech companies.

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