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DSBA & HI Information Session Wednesday, August 15

August 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
UNCC Center City Building Room 902

This session is for people interested in the Professional Science Master's degree and/or the Graduate Certificate in either Data Science and Business Analytics or Health Informatics. Information about the course of study will be available. A brief overview of the application process, funding, fellowships and financial aid will be provided, followed by a Q&A period.

The UNC Charlotte Center City address is 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. The UNC Charlotte City Center Building does not have visitor parking. Metered on-street parking is available and several public parking decks are near to the building.

Fall 2018 Health Informatics & Analytics Orientation and Town hall

August 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Student Union room 267


This event will provide important information for both new and continuing students in the Health Informatics & Analytics graduate programs. Faculty and staff will share program updates, course information, internships, upcoming events, and more. The DSI Student Organization will also share a calendar of events and encourage you to get involved! All new students are required to attend.

The Popp Martin Student Union is number 69 on the Main Campus Map.  

We look forward to seeing you in August!

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Fall 2016 Data Science Initiative Town Hall/Orientation

Date Published: August 24, 2016

On Saturday, August 20th new and continuing students from both the Health Informatics and the Data Science and Business Analytics programs attended the Fall 2106 Data Science Initiative.

A special welcome to the 2016 Summer/Fall HI Cohort and let us introduce you to the newest HI students:

Welcome by Faculty and Staff
The day kicked off with program updates and overviews from Dr. Hadzikadic (DSI), Dr. Saunders (HI), Dr. Wilson (DSBA).  
Josh Hertel and Carly Mahedy concluded the welcome session.  The topics discussed included graduate assistantships,
Internships, the fall Industry Advisory Board meetings, the 2017 Frontier Analytics Conference and more.  
We will keep you updated on all these activities and events via e-mail and Facebook.

HI Student Advisory Board

Members of the Health Informatics Student Advisory Board talked about the SAB's role and invited HI students to get involved with SAB projects activities and events.
To learn more about the HI SAB mission or to get involved with SAB events and projects click on the links below:

They also facilitated a fun networking activity, that (possibly? maybe?) included some singing!

The day ended with students breaking into program groups for Q&A with the program directors.

Academic Resources and Upcoming Events Handouts
To keep you connected and up to date we have assembled electronic copies of the day’s hand-outs. They include information about upcoming events an academic calendar, academic and professional resources,social media links, upcoming events.
Please take a moment to click on the links and download the handouts you find helpful:

Upcoming Events:

Click on the links below for more details:

  • The Art of Networking
    • Sponsored by the Graduate School 
    • Tuesday, September 20, 2016  
    • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Premier, Inc. Corp. Headquarters in Ballantyne
  • Analytics Frontiers Conference 2017
    • Mark your calendar & bookmark the website
    • March 28-30 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Uptown Charlotte
    • The conference will have opportunities for Data Science Initiative students to plan and participate in next year’s conference
  • HIMSS17 Conference in Orlando
    • Opportunity for Student Members to serve as program assistants at the HIMSS17 Annual Conference in Orlando (all expenses paid)

Thanks to all who attended and we missed all of you who could not attend!
Have a great fall semester!

2016 Virtual Hackathon

Date Published: June 8, 2016

According to the study released in 2014 by the Equality of Opportunity Project at Harvard*, Charlotte, NC was ranked 50th of 50 metropolitan areas with respect to upward economic mobility. This means that children born into lower income families in the Charlotte area have the least chance of being able to move to a higher income bracket as compared to all other metropolitan areas studied.

This summer, we are running a virtual hackathon for mobile apps and games that address this problem. Submissions should give a voice, or provide a service, to the underprivileged people of Charlotte. Entries should have the potential to qualitatively change the lives of their users for the better. Fully developed apps and games are encouraged, although prototypes will also be accepted. The deadline for the submissions is on August 1, 2016. Winners will be announced at the Summit for Social Good in Charlotte, NC on August 17-18, 2016.

The Partnership for Social Good at UNC Charlotte is part of the university’s Data Science Initiative. The DSI is seeking a data driven approach to tackle this problem. We believe a high quality mobile application or game has the potential to both positively influence the lives of its users through educational or other means and enable analysis of data that will better explain the problem and lead to more effective policies.



First Health Informatics PSM Student Graduates

Date Published: December 13, 2013

The Colleges of Computing and Informatics, Health and Human Services and Graduate School are pleased to announce the first graduate from the new Health Informatics Professional Science Master degree.  Casey Rassau will receive her PSM degree at the December 2013 commencement ceremony and heads off to a position with BlueCross Blue Shield in Durham, North Carolina.

Casey Rassau, first HI PSM graduateThe Health Informatics PSM degree began at UNC Charlotte in the Fall of 2012 and is structured to provide students with the skills and knowledge to evaluate, modify, and implement medical information systems as well as educate others in their use.  As part of a larger interdisciplinary initiative between the College of Computing and Informatics CCI, and the College of Health and Human Services CHHS, cutting edge programs such as the HI-PSM provide students with career training and advancement within the health care and technology industries.   “I appreciated the fact that UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics PSM was the perfect combination between two of the most dominant career fields,,” explains Rassau.  “Information Technology and Healthcare”.

The former East Carolina University undergraduate (class of ’11) found in the HI PSM degree a program that met her niche criteria.

“I have always been set on having a career in the health care industry,” says Rassau.  “But after completing my undergraduate degree at ECU I quickly realized that my skill set might be a better fit in the business side of health care rather than the clinical side. Initially I considered pursing a Master’s degree in Business or Healthcare Administration. I kept thinking to myself I wanted a degree that was dependable and would contribute to my career right out of graduation.”

As the program’s first graduate, Rassau showed exemplary understanding and commitment to the profession.

“Casey demonstrated a dedication to her studies and a depth of understanding that are needed for the important, emerging field of health informatics,” comments Dr. William J. Tolone, Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Computing and Informatics. “The diversity of thought that she and her Health Informatics classmates brought to my course were a valuable benefit to all in the class.”

In addition to meeting the requirements of a 2-year master’s program, the HI-PSM also requires a real-world capstone project which places students in the workplace with industry leaders, thus resulting in well-rounded graduates who are positioned to improve the quality of health care in the Charlotte region and beyond. 

Rassau completed her capstone with BCBSNC over the summer of 2013 and has since been working for the health care insurer on a part-time basis while completing her degree.  She’ll start there as a Business Analyst, full-time, right after graduation.

“This is an exciting time for our colleges and the university, “ said Yi Deng, Ph.D., Dean, College of Computing and Informatics.  “Through innovation and collaboration we are developing cutting –edge curriculum that is producing the talent to meet the 21st Century needs of business and industry.  I would like to personally congratulate Casey and wish her the best of luck.”

 Having the Health Informatics PSM degree from UNC Charlotte, a niche mix between the two major industries of computing and health care, gives Rassau the balance she needs to achieve her career goals. 

“My vision is to further develop my skill set to be an independent consultant,” says Rassau.  “I’m also interested in running the IT side of a health care corporation - designing application dashboards, reports, or specialized database systems tailored specifically to meet their needs.”

Congratulations to Casey Rassau on her Health Informatics Professional Science Master’s degree.