Computer-based information systems facilitate, enable and often define the relationships between corporations and consumers, buyers and suppliers, businesses of all sizes, social networks, and citizens and their governments. Understanding these relationships and effectively addressing the collection, flow and distribution of information is vital to the effectiveness of any modern organization, enterprise or government agency.
The Bachelor of Arts in Data Science is a cooperative degree program involving the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Students complete 128 units, including at least 70 units of courses in Dornsife College and at least 38 units of courses in Viterbi School of Engineering. Units completed in Viterbi include the basic programming and data science requirements while units completed in Dornsife College include the general education and writing requirements, the Dornsife College foreign language requirement and an adviser-approved disciplinary specialization of at least 24 units.
This degree is designed for students that have a strong math and science background, but may not have much training in computer science. Students will learn the basics of data science, including data formats, tools and techniques. They learn how to build data processing programs in Python, and they will learn how to apply the latest analytical tools through hands-on homeworks and projects. Students are given a choice of electives to allow them to pursue their own interests within data science.
Students will be experts in the emerging field of data science for communication. Graduates will learn about theories and principles underlying human communication and the ways in which people utilize and engage with communication technologies. They will also understand the technical underpinnings of emerging communication platforms, ranging from social media to enterprise collaboration platforms to virtual and augmented reality. They will have the capability to build these technologies and effectively manage teams that do so. They will also master the theoretical and technical tools to investigate and analyze large volumes of data generated by digital communication platforms using machine learning and artificial intelligence.
● Understand the requirements and techniques to manage health and healthcare process data collected by health care providers and organizations, use it to improve patient care, and analyze it to improve the business processes in and between hospitals, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other components of the healthcare ecosystem
● Understand the use of data science in clinical research and translational medicine
● Understand the design and development of personal devices and mobile apps to collect health data and to monitor health-related variables
● Understand the use of emerging technologies in data science and their application to health and healthcare delivery processes
● Gain direct experiences in finding and articulating challenges in healthcare settings that can be met through integrative engineering solutions.
Geospatial data accessibility, spatial decision support systems and geospatial problem solving environments are revolutionizing most industries and disciplines, including healthcare, marketing, social services, human security, education, environmental sustainability and transportation. Spatial data science professionals draw upon engineering, computer science and spatial sciences principles to solve data-intensive, large-scale, location-based problems.
*Note: This degree has been merged with the Applied Data Science degree. The same coursework for the Data Informatics degree can now be completed as part of the revised curriculum for the M.S. in Applied Data Science.
Hard challenges in areas as diverse as medicine, business, media, and sports are being solved daily because data is opening new doors to the future. Progress in these domains requires individuals who understand the relevant engineering principles, but also have a passion for how information can be used to solve vexing puzzles. A Master of Data Informatics is a customizable gateway to connect your skill with a world of answers waiting to be discovered.
This graduate certificate is offered through the USC Graduate and Professional Programs (GAPP) office. For more details on this program, including application criteria, information for international applicants, and a schedule of classes, please visit the GAPP website.