Health Data Science (M.S.)

Health Data Science (M.S.)

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Our online Master in Science in Health Data Science is designed for health care industry or data industry professionals who are looking to gain expertise in advanced machine learning, text analytics, programming, visual analytics, and big data framework within the health care industry.

Credit Hours: 36   |    Courses: 12   |    Program Length: 14 months


Data science is among the fastest-growing fields across all industries, and healthcare is no exception. The online M.S. in health data science at UNH will prepare you to work with complex healthcare data and enable you to effectively communicate data analysis in clear, objective and understandable terms for a variety of audiences in visual and written forms. You will learn the statistical foundations of health data science as well as health data architectures and data structures.  You will build models and explore visualization and design techniques to best address the complexities of patient care and population health issues.


The online M.S. in health data science program at UNH is designed for working professionals who see that data plays a critical role in patient and population health outcomes and are looking to hone their skills specifically around healthcare data. Courses led by our full-time faculty are asynchronous, meaning you’ll be able to complete your studies at your own pace, on your schedule – with the option to enroll either full or part-time. You’ll also have the support of a student success coach to help you get the most out of the program. Applications are accepted for start dates in the spring or fall.


  • Healthcare data scientist
  • Senior health data scientist
  • Data /information officer
  • Analytics officer
  • Clinical data manager
  • Healthcare data analyst
  • Population health officer
  • Health informatics/data consultant
  • Outcomes research specialist
  • Principal researcher/investigator

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Curriculum & Requirements

A new Master of Science in Health Data Science has been approved for Academic Catalog year 2020/2021.

The Master of Science in Health Data Science (MSHDS), offered by the College  of Health and Human Services, prepares students for careers related to data  analytics within the health care industry. Graduates from the MSHDS program will have the skills necessary to function as health data science practitioners in a wide-range of roles in the health care industry. Students can expect to develop skills in health data acquisition, management and cleansing tools, analytics tools and techniques relative to both large and small data types and sources within the health care industry, and interpretation and presentation tools and design of health care data. The MSHDS program places a strong emphasis on developing a well-rounded, versatile health data practitioner that has a strong understanding of all phases of health care data analysis from programming to interpretation and presentation. Graduates will be able to understand and navigate the requirements and complexities of health care data that are unique to the US Health System. In addition, within the context of the MSHDS curriculum students will develop the necessary skills of teamwork, presentation, and ability to adapt as needed in a dynamic, rapidly changing work environment and industry.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Note that classes may fill early and students could be referred to the next available start time.

  • Fall: July 1 (Extended to July 15 for Fall 2020)
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Prepare responses to three program-specific essay questions:

  1. Discuss your educational and career goals and how a master's degree in health data science will help you achieve those goals.
  2. Talk about your programming experience.
  3. If applying to the masters degree, discuss a potential idea for a culminating project or an area of interest you hope to pursue.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: or 855.250.6699

Foundational Skills

Prior to starting your first Health Data Science course, it is important to make sure that your foundational skills in the areas of statistics, data science math, SQL, linear alegbra and more are current. To learn more about HDS foundational skills and how to review, click here.

If you have questions about areas of concentrations for you, please reach out to the Program Director and Advisor, Dr. Robert McGrath, to discuss.


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Core Courses Credits
HDS 800 Mathematics and Statistics for Health Data Science 3
HDS 801 Foundations of US Health Systems 3
HDS 802 Programming in Health Care Environments 3
HDS 803 Translation of Health Data 3
HDS 804 Health Data Systems 3
HDS 805 Applied Machine Learning in Healthcare 3
HDS 806 Outcomes Research 3
HDS 807 Unstructured Health Data 3
HDS 808 Current Topics in Health Systems 3
HDS 811 Health Data Science Practice 3
Total Core Credits 30
Elective Courses (pick two) Credits
HDS 820 Health Systems Informatics 3
HDS 821 Big Data Algorithms in Biological Sciences 3
HDS 822 Deep Learning and AI in Health Care 3
HDS 823 Advanced Statistics in Health 3
HDS 890 Independent Study 3-6
Total Elective Credits 6-9

With the growing abundance of healthcare data, healthcare data analytics experts will be in increasing demand. The Health Data Science program is built around developing both the technical skills needed to conduct these analyses but also the research skills needed to translate this growing data into meaningful, actionable insights.

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Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for 2020-21 Academic Year*:

  • $785 per credit for New Hampshire (NH) residents
  • $865 per credit for non-NH residents                                                                  

Program Total Number of Credits: 36
*eTerm 5 2020 through eTerm 4 2021

Technology Fee per Semester:

  • 1-4 credits $26.00
  • 5-8 credits $52.00
  • 9-16 credits $104.00

Additional Tuition & Fee Information

Financial Aid

College Work Study and the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan are the two forms of federal financial aid available to Graduate Students. To apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNH priority deadline is March 1. This is the date by which the FAFSA must be received by the federal processor, however, if your application is received after March 1st you will still be considered for the Federal Direct Loan, which is not subject to the priority deadline.

The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Attend classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester).
  • Enrollment in a degree program.
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status.
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Additional financial Aid Information

Our program has five 8-week e-terms per academic calendar year. Students who successfully complete two courses per e-term, as outlined below, earn their degree in as few as 14 months. Taking fewer courses per term will extend the completion timeframe.

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