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In May 2024, the UNC Charlotte School of Data Science celebrated a significant milestone by awarding its 1000th degree. Griffin Corriher, a graduate of the undergraduate data science program and the Data Science and Business Analytics graduate program, had the honor of being the 1000th graduate. This achievement is a testament to the growth and […]

We’re wrapping up March with another Women’s Month alumni spotlight, featuring Kim Harris! General Information Academics College Experience

Student Spotlight: Nancy Rios received her Master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics and Analytics last Friday and currently works as a Data Research Analyst at OrthoCarolina Research Institute. Why Data Science? I chose data science because I wanted to make an impact in healthcare. I took a quality improvement course in undergrad that introduced me to […]

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 […]

UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science and the William States Lee College of Engineering have established a partnership that will benefit both students and faculty with collaborative initiatives and a cross-listed curriculum. A goal of this effort is to enhance engineering graduates’ knowledge and use of data analytics, which has become increasingly integral across the […]

By: Mia Sturdivant, SDS marketing undergraduate assistant A group of UNC Charlotte researchers have received a 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Grant, allowing the team to develop an interactive platform to visualize statistical and machine learning models of enterprise performance management (EPM) data. The NSF I-Corps program is designed to support the commercialization of […]

Many of our master’s students had a dream of graduating with an in-person ceremony, walking across the stage, turning their tassels among their classmates, and celebrating with friends and family. Unfortunately, 2020 had other plans. As UNC Charlotte’s May and December Commencement Ceremonies transitioned to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School […]

UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science has raised more than $100,000 through its Founding Members program to support the educational and research needs of the School. With the recent launch of Bachelor’s of Science in Data Science degree, much of the funding will assist students and propel the program forward for years to come. “The […]

Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2020) UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science, is a finalist in one category for the NC TECH Awards: Public Sector Project. The NC TECH Awards are North Carolina’s statewide technology awards organized by the North Carolina Technology Association. The awards program recognizes institutions, organizations and/or collaborations for their use of technology. […]

Automated resume screeners eliminating female candidates, facial recognition tools missing black faces and crime predictions determined by the neighborhood, not by the individual. These are just a few examples of the challenges and consequences that have emerged from the growth and development of artificial intelligence and machine learning models. These issues have raised many ethical […]

Dr. Dongsong Zhang has been appointed as the Director of Research for UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science. Zhang, who joined UNC Charlotte in 2018 as a Belk Endowed Chair Professor in Business Analytics, has more than 20 years of data science related research experience. He will be instrumental in the ongoing success of the […]

As I have been thinking through the ethical implications in data science, one thing has become glaringly obvious to me. Data scientists like math! Nothing very surprising there. But as we go about our work building models and making great predictions, we tend to reduce the conversation about ethics into mathematical terms. Is my prediction […]

By: Doug Hague, Executive Director, UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science As data scientists work to understand the ethics and implications of their models, a framework for managing this is needed. Fortunately, the Model Risk Management (MRM) framework emerging from the financial services industry may be expanded to include ethics. Models from various industries including […]

UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science has received the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, […]

The School of Data Science (SDS) and UNC Charlotte’s Research and Economic Development are thrilled to announce the Ignite COVID-19 Flash Grants utilizing Twitter data associated with the global pandemic. SDS partnered with Twitter to acquire a data stream containing more than 50 million tweets per day, with the purpose of addressing research questions targeting […]

Health Informatics and Analytics and Master’s in Health Administration student, Timothy Sokphat, recently participated in the MIT COVID-19 Datathon, in which his team was chosen as a semi-finalist in the disparities in health outcomes from COVID-19 research track. The week-long virtual event hosted 30 teams of data scientists, clinicians, public health professionals and other subject […]

After three years as graduate program director of the Health Informatics and Analytics (HIA) program, Dr. Michael Thompson has announced his intention to step down from the position on June 30. The School of Data Science would like to thank Dr. Thompson for his years of service and leadership, as he was instrumental in the […]

Two graduate students from UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science master’s programs were selected to participate in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellowship program. They are the first UNC Charlotte students to be selected to participate in the Silver Spring, MD, based program. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset, […]

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – April. 22, 2020 – UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science, North Carolina’s first undergraduate program in data science, is now enrolling undergraduate students for the fall semester. The program, the first of its kind to incorporate the liberal arts and sciences with technical data skills, allows the School of Data Science to […]

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the health care industry has used data science tools to monitor and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus that is at the heart of this pandemic. Researchers and data science professionals are using data to build accurate models of the virus’s spread, conduct antibody discovery and track […]

UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science (SDS) is excited to announce its third round of Seed Grants for Data science. The grants were established to help nurture early-stage research in the field and to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations. As the University continues to advance as a leader in data science, research will be a core capability […]

This fall, the Data Science Initiative is becoming the School of Data Science. Read our recent press release here.

Nialah Sharp, a dual Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics student (and 2019 BSPH alumna) is the 2019 recipient of the Haynes Rice Award. The Haynes Rice Award is bestowed by NAHSE, the National Association of Health Service Executives, to outstanding graduate students who are striving to become […]

The latest issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ) focuses on how technology and big data can impact healthcare in North Carolina. The issue was co-edited by Dr. Michael Thompson, associate chair of the UNC Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences, and Dr. Michael Dulin, director of the Academy for Population Health Innovation. “We […]

On March 26, UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative hosted its second annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference. This half-day event held at the Ritz-Carlton featured several keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and a networking reception for attendees, academics, and professionals. Among the 300 attendees were Dr. Laura Gunn and the first Health Informatics and […]

The Health Informatics and Analytics Program welcomes Chris Blanchette, Saugat Karki, and Yillian Yuan to the advisory board! Chris Blanchette is now the Senior Director and Head of Real World Data and Analytics for Novo Nordisk. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Data Science Initiative and an Associate Professor of Public […]

BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) North Carolina held an internship event for their Data and Analytics Unit (DnA). This event included a disucssion panel, on which Dr. Michael Thompson also served. Three of the Health Informatics and Analytics Program students attended the event. Among these students was Jainmary Jose who noted, ‘It was a great networking event […]

The CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) is accepting applications through 5 November. Interviews will be conducted in February and March, and the fellowship begins in Summer 2019. To apply for PHIFP, you must Meet the educational, informatics, public health, and research experience outlined below. Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program […]

Barbé finds future in pairing medicine and data science to respond to health care challenges Mario Barbé, MD, completed his master’s degree in Health Informatics in Summer 2018. His employer, Clínica Alemana, sponsored his study at UNC Charlotte. Mario returns to his work with the necessary skills needed to advance the health informatics efforts at […]

Physician and UNC Charlotte graduate candidate Saugat Karki was selected recently for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) prestigious Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP). This two-year training program is for doctoral- or master’s-level professionals, applying computer science and information technology to solve complex health problems. PHIFP recipients help the CDC investigate and […]

Joseph Konstanzer, a graduate of UNC Charlotte’s dual master’s program in public health and health informatics, has been named a public health fellow at Public Health Institute (PHI)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working out of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. The office is responsible for implementing the […]

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: Demographic Profile Background Profile Welcome by Faculty and […]

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 […]

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 […]