Former Dentist Pivots to Earning a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics and Analytics

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Himadri Verma of Indore, India will graduate from the UNC Charlotte School of Data Science with a master’s degree in Health Informatics and Analytics after leaving behind her former career as a dentist.

Her previous knowledge of biostatistics and experience in the healthcare industry laid a strong foundation when it came to understanding data, as it was often provided to her from various healthcare organizations during her time spent as a dentist. She chose her courses carefully and leaned on her instructors, advisors and friends during her transition towards this new career path.

Himadri chose to make the switch to data science because of its tremendous potential to impact the healthcare industry. She was drawn to how “it is already bringing a lot of change in healthcare, and I wanted to be a part of this change.” She chose to study at UNC Charlotte based on its curriculum and focus on interdisciplinary fields, such as business analytics and data science.

As she prepares to graduate, Himadri leaves some advice for anyone who may be interested in earning a degree in data science. “No matter what background you come with, there is a lot of opportunity to use your domain of knowledge and choose the division that you find suitable. I would highly recommend developing strong basics of statistics, as this will go a long way. “

After graduation, Himadri is excited to begin her newly accepted role as a Data Science Fellow at Vizient Inc. in Chicago.