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Health Analytics (BS), 4-Year

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Learn the analytical, technical, and healthcare knowledge and skills you need to improve healthcare quality, delivery, and efficiency using Big Data. 

Overview and Distinctions

Overview

Experts estimate that there are over 14 billion devices currently connected to the internet. They are all generating data, data that can be used by organizations to create better products and services, become more efficient, more effectively serve their customers, better target their marketing and communications, and develop new innovations. And, while nearly all industries are being impacted by the rise of Big Data, few have the potential to benefit from Big Data the way that the healthcare industry does.

Not only can Big Data improve efficiencies and profits for healthcare organizations, but it can also lead to vast improvements in patient care and public health overall. But, in order for the healthcare industry to benefit from Big Data, it needs people who can make sense of that data, recognize patterns, identify new opportunities, solve problems, and communicate what they've learned to management and healthcare practitioners.

The people who turn Big Data into knowledge in the healthcare industry are called healthcare analysts, and you can become one through D'Youville's Bachelor of Science in Health Analytics. You'll learn how to apply statistical and computer science skills to address complex problems by analyzing the data generated by a wide range of technologies.

What You'll Learn

You'll gain valuable knowledge about a wide range of topics spanning human anatomy to law to ethics to the business of healthcare and statistical analysis, and you'll learn how to communicate your insights to a wide range of audiences. You'll understand how to apply what you've learned to become a vital part of the healthcare industry in a wide variety of settings ranging from hospitals to nursing homes to insurance companies.

Perhaps most importantly, you'll learn what you need to know in order to become a part of the exciting and rapidly-growing healthcare analytics field as soon as you graduate.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • You'll be immersed in a curriculum that gives you a solid grounding in medical terminology, pharmaceutical treatments, the human body, and the diseases and conditions that affect it.
  • You'll gain a broad understanding of how the changes in the healthcare system are impacting business, law, and practice.
  • You'll gain both theoretical and hands on experience using cutting-edge technologies to collect, organize, store, and analyze data.
  • You'll learn how to use critical thinking, analytical skills, and statistical methods to predict outcomes and identify opportunities.
  • You'll understand the principles of management and how what you as a healthcare analysts impacts the business side of healthcare.
  • You'll learn the written, visual, and oral skills necessary to effectively communicate your ideas and insights to a wide range of audiences.
  • You'll gain real-world experience and grow your resume through hands-on internships in the industry.
  • You'll lean and work collaboratively with students from a wide variety of allied health fields through D'Youville's expansive and highly-respected academic offerings.
  • You'll receive personal attention from our thoughtful, caring faculty, many of whom are practicing professionals.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

 

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver
Dean's 80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500

*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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BCBS Scholarship & internship

D'Youville is a proud partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, offering a Health Analytics BCBS Scholarship to help you fund your degree. This scholarship is good for four years and includes a guaranteed two-year internship with BCBS.

Apply for the Scholarship

Curriculum

Curriculum

Health Analytics
Degree: B.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:
Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
CSC 120

Computers & Electronic Health Records

This is an introduction to the fundamental ideas of computers and their role in society. Students learn of the historical origins of computers, the development of computers since WWII, their uses and impact in society, emerging technologies, and the implementation of computers: operating systems, software applications, the Internet, and an introduction to some elementary programming: e.g., HTML, SQL (Databases and Electronic Health Records), advanced spreadsheet formulas. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are a digital version of the paper charts in the clinician's office. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) focus on the total health of the patient by focusing a broader view of all aspects of a patient's care. This course has a great deal of emphasis on databases including practical hands-on experience using (EMR/EHR) software.

Prerequisites: MAT-101 or achieve a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT-101 material.

3.0
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

3.0
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO 107. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107

1.0
BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

3.0
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO 108. This course consists of three hours of laboratory a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-108

1.0
PHI/RS

PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201
3
MAT

MAT 122 or MAT 125

Choose one elective from MAT 122 or MAT 125
3
Total 23

Humanities requirements:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 204

Logic & Practical Reasoning

This course is a study of formal reasoning methods through informal fallacies, class logic and introduction to propositional logic.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
RS 214

Challenges of Death

This course examines the ways in which death challenges human meaning and action. Topics such as the meaning of suffering and death,challenges of death to morality,psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
PHI 312

Bioethics Seminar

This course analyzes ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences. Problems discussed include choices for life or death, allocation of resources, human experimentation, reproductive technologies and professional-client relationships.

Prerequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

3.0
PHI 336

Problems in Professional Ethics

This is an interdisciplinary course that examines how sociopolitical conditions have contributed to the self image and value crisis in the health professions. A variety of problem-solving techniques are studied in order to offer alterative social policies that would reconstruct the identify of the professions.

Prerequisites: Phi-201 or RS-201

3.0
SPE 201

Public Speaking

This is an introduction to speaking before groups and includes techniques of speech preparation and delivery,adapting to the purpose of the speaking situation,and practice in various types of oral presentation in a comfortable workshop atmosphere.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 15

Social Sciences:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY

PSY 101 or PSY 203

Choose one elective from PSY 101 or PSY 203
3
SOC

SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102
3
HIS

HIS 103 or HIS 111 or HIS 203 or HIS 204

Choose one elective from HIS 103, HIS 111, HIS 203 or HIS 204
3
PSC/ECO

PSC 201 or ECO 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from PSC 201, ECO 201 or ECO 202
3
Total 12

Electives:

Course Number Course Name Credits
Electives

Three Free Electives

Choose three electives.
9
Total 9

Subtotal: 59

Major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
CSC 151

Introduction to Programming I

This is an introduction to computer programming using a modern language: program structure, procedures, functions, loops, if-then-else, arrays and records.

Prerequisites: MAT-101 or achieve a placement test score indicating mastery of the MAT-101 material.

3.0
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prerequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course from PHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L or be a pre-pharmacy student.

4.0
MAT 124

Intermediate Applied Statistics

This course continues and expands the material present in MAT 123. The course will cover hypothesis testing for variances, symmetric versus asymmetric distributions, non-parametric methods for one, two or multiple samples, measures of association, multifactor analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. The material focuses on the application of known methods. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.

Prerequisites: MAT-123 with a minimum grade of C.

4.0
MAT 220

Applied Regression Analysis

The course covers the ideas behind, application of, and evaluation of regression processes, which are used to explore the relationships between variables. This course will cover simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, regression diagnostics, use of qualitative variables as predictors, transformations of variables, collinear data, and logistical regression. The material focuses on the application of known methods. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB, or SAS.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: MAT-124 and achieve a minimum grade of C.

3.0
MAT 222

Statistical Computing

Students will learn about various types of relational database programs and understand the fundamental aspects of SQL (Structured Query Language). This course covers database concepts, design concepts, database administration, and web-based databases. Students will receive an introduction to the SAS programming language with a focus on manipulation, summarizing, and basic statistical analysis of large data sets.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: Mat-123 and achieve a minimum grade of C, 1 CSC course - CSC-151 is prefered.

3.0
MAT 224

Biostatistics

This course provides an introduction to common experimental designs in the health sciences, such as clinical trials, case-control studies, and cohort studies, and the statistical methods used in those studies, including odds ratios, relative risk, logistic regression, longitudinal analysis, and survival analysis. Emphasis is placed on practical data analysis in biology and medicine. The course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: Mat-220 and achieve a minimum grade of C

3.0
MAT 228

Applied Statistical Inquiry

The course will cover the process of statistical inquiry, including defining the problem, hypotheses development, selection of appropriate variables, test selection, interpretation of results, and reporting of conclusions. Large data sets will be employed to explore the methods presented in class. Group projects and oral presentations will simulate real life job experiences in the analytics industry. This course will employ one of SPSS, MINITAB or SAS.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mat-220 Mat-222 Mat-224 and achieve a minimum grade of C

3.0
HSM 110

Introduction to Public Health

Public health aims to prevent and treat disease and to promote and protect health through strategies that engage the community. This course will examine the history of public health as well as core areas of public health including assessment, assurance and policy development. Students will learn about health promotion and disease promotion and disease prevention of communicable and non-communicable disease social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, environmental health and health policy.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
HSM 203

Medical Terminology

This course applies medical terminology including word components (root word, prefix and suffix), medical abbreviations, pathologies and diagnostic tests. Students also learn how to conduct a chart review, interpret admission notes, surgical reports, discharge summaries, and understand the components of a SOAP note.

Prerequisites: None

1.0
HSM 210

Introduction to Healthcare Systems

This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of health care systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
HSM 318

Resource Management in Health Care

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of managing health care resources and to the methods used to analyze and evaluate the use of resources in delivering health service. The objective will be to expose students to approaches to cost containment and to the need for partnership with clinical providers to achieve success in providing effective and efficient care. Students will develop and understanding of well-established methods of resource management along with emerging and developing methods such as value-based payment and accountable care organizations.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
HSM 320

Health Services Internship

Under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty, students complete approximately 80 hours of fieldwork in the area of community health and health education. This course includes one hour of weekly seminar.

Prerequisites: HSM-210

2.0
HSM 406

Health Information Management

This course will cover the policy and legislation influences that have encouraged the rapid paced adoption of health information technology (HIT). The course will describe the function,benefits,and challenges of widely used HIT systems such as electronic health records,telehealth,and mobile health. The role of HIT in cost,quality,and satisfaction improvements,as well as provider value based payment will be defined.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: HSM-210,

3.0
HSM 408

Health Insurance

This course provides students with an overview of diverse financial systems within American healthcare,focusing on reimbursement methods and payment systems and how they affect providers and payers. It also reviews major insurance programs,federal health care legislation,legal/regulatory issues,diagnosis and procedures coding systems,and the impact of coding on reimbursement,compliance,and fraud and abuse.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
HSM 410

Health Care Policy and Law

This course develops students'knowledge and understanding of the development and impact of policy and law in the US on healthcare organizations.Specific emphasis will be given to principles of law, policy and the U.S. legal system including laws and policies related documentation,privacy,security,release of health information,liability,consent,and malpractice.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: HSM-210

3.0
HSM 413

Quality Improvement in Healthcare

This course introduces students to the principals of clinical quality and performance improvements as applied in the health care setting. Specific topics inlcude the use of evidenced-based, measurable standards,work steps for improvement,and value based payment systems. Students will investigate models used to improve the process of health care delivery,as well as examples of successful clinical,cost and satisfaction performance improvements.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: HSM-210 HSM-325

3.0
HSM 414

Project Planning & Management

This course examines the phases of project and management in health care organizations. Students will learn how to use a systems approach to integrate local, state and federal health care mandates and professional standards in setting reasonable goals, determine a time line and budget. They will learn how to lead and facilitate team of support staff, professionals and allied health professionals through the work plan. They will learn to present the project verbally and in writing using a variety of presentation formats.

Prerequisites: HSM-406

3.0
HSM 420

Health Services Management Internship

This course provides students with a managerial internship/field work experience at a healthcare setting. Students will apply course work knowledge and skills to a health services management problem through the completion of a major project at a targeted organization that is negotiated between the student,preceptor,and HSA department.
Offered in: Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: HSM-473, All major coursework except HSM 472 and 473

2.0
BIO 117

Drugs and Disease

What exactly is a heart attack? Why does aspirin health prevent strokes? Why are anti-depressants associated with suicide? This basic course will answer these questions while providing an overview of common disease states and the drugs used to treat them. Disease states of the major organ systems will be covered as well as the most commonly prescribed drugs in America. Prerequisite: None: however, basic knowledge in biology is recommended; not eligible for elective credit in the major.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
SOC 400

Social Epidemiology

This course focuses on social epidemiology,the factors determining the occurrence and distribution of disease,health defects,disability and death among groups. The interdisciplinary nature of epidemiological theory,statistical measures commonly used,and an analysis of the distribution of health care in the United States are studied.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
MGT 305

Principles of Management

This course focuses on the nature and theory of management. It emphasizes the functional application of the basic principles of management to realistic business situations.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
MGT 318

Information and Communication Tech Mgt

The course explores the role, meaning, background and theory of MIS in the organization and focuses on planning, implementation, effect and challenges of management information and communication technologies.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305, CSC-110 or CSC-151. Not applicable to ADVANCE students. See instructor for requisite override.

3.0
Total 64

Total: 64

Minimum total credits for graduation: 123

Careers

Careers

Your bachelor's degree in Health Analytics can lead to an entry-level career in a variety of healthcare settings from hospitals to HMOs to long-term care facilities.

A Health Analyst's role

This is what analysts do: they turn data into information and information into useful knowledge. As a Health Analyst, you'll tap into the vast sea of data being created every day by technologies ranging from websites to networked medical devices in order to provide insights that can impact the entire healthcare field.

Health analysts have the unique opportunity to make a real difference where they work by helping their organizations focus on best practices, areas of improvement, and opportunities for innovation. As a Health Analyst you'll help drive growth, point out where processes and procedures can be improved, identify opportunities for improving patient care, and provide the knowledge your organization needs in order to predict (and act on) the inevitable changes the future will bring.

Career Outlook

In a recent study, the McKinsey Global Institute predicted that by 2018 the United States will need nearly 200,000 people with deep analytical skills. And no wonder: according to consulting firm EMC, the current digital universe consists of around 6 trillion gigabytes of data, and that number’s doubling every two years. In fact, at the current rate of growth, the amount of data available to humanity will reach somewhere around 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020…in other words, 44,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data or almost 1.4 billion times the amount of data estimated to currently reside in the Library of Congress.

That's a lot of data. But data by itself isn't good for much. In order for data to become information that humans can use to create knowledge, it has to interpreted. Data that has been interpreted becomes meaningful to people, and once it means something it can be used to expand our knowledge of the world, improve our lives, and create new ideas and innovations that can literally change the world.

Because Health Analysts have the potential to use their skills and knowledge to bring positive change to the organizations they work for, their employment opportunities are nearly unlimited. As a Health Analyst you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a diverse range of health-related organizations in a wide variety of industry sectors such as: 

  • Healthcare providers
  • Nursing homes
  • Medical groups
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Industry consultants
  • Health Information Exchanges
  • Advertising and marketing agencies
  • Medical equipment manufacturers
  • Facilities planners
  • Higher education
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies

Internships

Internships

When you graduate with a BS in Heath Analytics from D'Youville, you'll be able to hit the ground running for your new career because you'll already have acquired real, practical experience in the health analytics industry from the two internships you'll complete as part of our career-oriented curriculum.

Not only will you gain the practical experience that will help build your resume and impress potential employers, but you'll have had the experiences you need in order for you to decide where you want to fit in the field of health analytics.

As a student in D'Youville's Health Analytics program, you'll have the opportunity to explore a number of healthcare industry settings including insurance companies, hospitals, and research opportunities. Through your two internships you'll gain a better understanding of your employment options, enjoy a chance to network with potential employers and industry contacts, and gain an understanding of the many organizations that make up the healthcare system, all in real-world settings. 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the bachelor's degree in Health Analytics must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

Admission Criteria
A combined SAT score of 1170 (or ACT 24) and;
High school average of at least 87% and;

High school rank in the upper one half of the class, and;

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing in the bachelor's degree in Health Analyticsstudent must:

Good Academic Standing
Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and;
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and;
Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the student's major.
*Courses with a grade below C must be repeated, but may only be repeated once.

Transfer Students

Transfer student applicants to the bachelor's degree in Health Analytics, must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Note: Find out how many credits will transfer to D'Youville by using our Course Equivalency Database

Why Study Healthcare Administration at D'Youville

Melissa Borodzik, Health Analytics major, and Samuel Baron, Health Services Management major, describe their experience at D’Youville and how small classes, one-on-one instruction, and professors with real-world experience have prepared them for careers in the Health Services Administration field.

 

Meet the Faculty

Read the personal stories of the teaching professionals at D'Youville and learn how they apply their real-world experiences to your education.

Renee Cadzow, professor of HSA

our faculty

"What's most exciting about this field is the opportunity to effect positive change to improve the health and well-being of our communities."

read her story
Kathleen Curtin, professor of HSA

our faculty

"I try to stay in touch with the realities of patient care and share those stories with students." 

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