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Many of our programs are represented by our Student Ambassadors. Read their stories and connect with them to get the student experience first-hand.
Our graduates are well-prepared for current and future challenges in the field. They are equipped with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and the technical skills to work with computer scientists, programmers, doctors, nurses, psychologists and other healthcare professionals.
Our graduates have an impressive aggregate job placement rate of 95%, and have found exciting and challenging opportunities in large hospitals, medical centers research institutions, startups, government health agencies and global health organizations through the following positions:
International Students may also be eligible to work for 36 months in the U.S. after completion of the Master of Science in Digital Health Informatics (MS DHI) program via the OPT program and STEM extension.
There's no better way to learn about our graduate programs than from the students themselves.
Connect with a Student Ambassador
Joining the MSHI program offered by USF was hands down, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I started the program with a bachelor's degree in computer science and no prior work experience. Little did I know that when I graduated, I would have great opportunities to work for amazing companies. I am currently a Software Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services. I would definitely say that the knowledge I gained during my time in the MSHI program, helps me excel at my job. I am able to incorporate skills and the cutting-edge technologies I learnt during my time at school, in the workplace. I am grateful for all the support offered by the program and my sincerest professors who have always believed in me. USF has never failed to recognize my potential and encourage me on my career endeavours.
Sruthi Gopalakumaran, '20
The decision to pursue an MSHI degree at USF was certainly the right one for me, as I started the full-time position of Data Engineer at Digbi Health from November, a little over a month before I graduated, having been an R&D intern for them over the summer. ...At Digbi Health, I have been utilizing scientific expertise in areas of bioinformatics (including genomic, metagenomic, health) and data science to produce scientific/business value and inform planning and decisions. Also, a key part of my job is performing exploratory data analysis and analytics, contributing to writing for each of the manuscripts that have been/or would be submitted in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as performing additional analytics for collaborators, care, and product. USF changed my life and gave me the skills, knowledge, opportunities that I never thought I could get, and made me a better leader!
Dashyanng Kachru '20
I have been a pharmacist for over twenty years, working in a variety of settings. I enrolled in USF's Masters of Health Informatics program in Spring 2017 to learn more of the technical sides of health care. I wanted to bridge the gap between clinicians and technologists. My classes exposed me to data science, data standards, product development, biostatistics, and coding. I was in awe of the power that a single line of code could provide! The professors provided timely instruction with high expectations while still offering plenty of encouragement to keep students motivated. I loved the project based approach and the beautiful USF campus. As a clinician, I teamed up with others having strengths that complemented mine... often with business or computer science backgrounds, allowing us to all learn diverse perspectives while working on a common goal.
A few months after graduation, I was lucky enough to find a role that was a perfect fit for my clinical background and technical skills at Komodo Health! The mission here really resonated with me, and I have found the work and team of people to be incredibly rewarding. My role anchors on defining a cohort or population of interest and translating clinical information into encounter codes we can use for analysis. We work on everything from sales to product development. With my recent background in informatics, I have the opportunity to collaborate on projects related to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and RxNorm. I love the cross-functionality of my role because it allows me to continue learning every day and serve as a connector between functions across the organizations.
Kim Jacoby, PharmD, PhArmD, MSHI Senior Clinical Product Specialist at Komodo Health
I am appointed as a Clinical Data Analyst with an advanced analytics team helping Kaiser Permanente to develop reporting solutions by data analysis. I am involved in extracting meaningful information from the data which is used by the doctors and clinical staff to monitor patients at risk. Thus, my analytics is helping them to improve care and patient safety. Also, measurement of care effectiveness is key component. The Health Informatics Program helped me to develop analytical skills and their application in Health care. During my internship at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital, I applied analytics in the department of Clinical Informatics where I could contribute to the improvements in care delivery of inpatients. With this exposure I developed confidence of working independently and developed leadership skills.
PURVI SENGAR, '17
The MSHI program gave me the foundation I needed to enter into a quantitative field. Coming from a basic science background (biology), I never considered computational research as an option. Learning how to code, run database queries, and confidently read new API documentation are all skills I never imagined attaining before entering this program. The MSHI program encouraged me to "learn how to learn" future languages, APIs, or programs. In a field that is growing as rapidly as informatics, it is impossible for me to assume that I will know everything I need to complete any research goals. Over the past year, I applied for M.D./Ph.D. programs where I can complete 4 years of medical training and 3-5 years of Ph.D. training and I accepted an offer to attend Case Western Reserve University's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), which is a fully funded NIH program. One day I plan to do both research and practice medicine. I am now confident that I can enter into a wide range of computational research laboratories attempting to make sense of the concept of big data.
JESSICA SCARBOROUGH, '17
I am currently a Data Scientist at a bay area start up Albeado and will begin a new role as a Data Scientist at Genentech. I am a biological scientist with PhD and Postdoc in Infectious Disease. I wanted to build a career that bridges healthcare/ biotech with analytics specialization. The MSHI program made more sense for a health professional like me who wanted to understand analytics. The MSHI program brings together healthcare and informatics and analytics and addresses a market that is ripe for innovation. It provides insights into the various data science paradigms related to the health informatics which is directly applicable to the requirements in industry. The program helped me immensely to correlate my past biology background with the current trends of data science approaches to tackle issues that are affecting large population of human beings around the world.
VAISHALI CHAUDHURI, '16
I work as a NLP Data Scientist at the fledgling startup Grey Matter. Developing innovative NLP and statistical approaches to glean significant insights into patient data is part of my job description. The MSHI program interested me as it sought to bring together a variety of latest and greatest skills needed for a rapidly evolving field of Healthcare data analytics. In addition to the rigorous technical aspects of the program, I especially appreciated the course on ethics and how ethics can have a profound impact on the solutions we create and roll out to the market. While interning at klaraHealth during my last year of the program, I had the opportunity to work in a research oriented environment in which I could independently research papers and publications to solve specific problems. The faculty's wealth of experience, program rigor and the diverse perspectives of fellow students has and will continue to shape me well as I embark on this journey in this exciting field. I truly identify with USF's mission of 'Change the World from Here'.
LAKSHMI ARBATTI, WINNER OF DEAN'S MEDAL FOR PROFESSIONALISM, '16
I currently work as a Data Analyst for the Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE), San Francisco VA Medical Center. I was an intern there before graduating, but after earning my degree at USF, I was offered the analyst position. I conduct advanced statistical analysis and contribute to research study design, methods, and results sections for research publications and grant applications. The MSHI program has helped me build a strong technical(coding) foundation for working with and further analyzing data in various formats.
SIYANG ZENG, '16
In my work as a Statistical Analyst at Sutter Health in Walnut Creek, I analyze health care data to develop, test, and explore ways to improve patient care. The MS in Health Informatics program gave me the skills I needed to hit the ground running. Enrolling in the MSHI program is the best decision I ever made. I'm grateful for the learning opportunity and I appreciate USF's dedicated professors.
XIANGYI XU, '16
As a Bioengineer at Stanford University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in the USF Health Informatics program, I use computation and analytics to tackle health care and life science challenges. As a student, I was attracted to the MSHI program because of its location, accessible faculty, and its mission to create change. Also, the students and faculty bring diverse backgrounds into discussions and projects — from research to startups, nursing to law — and this creates an environment in which you can understand multiple perspectives very quickly. The Health Informatics program enables students to pursue different areas of interest. I took classes to focus on analytics while other students concentrated on policy or global health. This was the most exciting aspect of the program because we could each pursue our own nuanced goals, yet continue to work together and learn from one another.
NIKHIL HAAS, '15
I’m a Data Analyst in the epidemiology (infection control) department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition to the routine surveillance that we do to monitor hospital-acquired infections, we help other departments implement best practices against infections. Health informatics is a diverse and evolving field, so it’s important that health informatics professionals have a solid foundation to build upon. I believe that the MSHI program gave me this foundation, which I can rely on throughout my career. USF’s mission of 'Change the World from Here' also resonates with me. I wholeheartedly believe that the professors and administration feel this way as well, and will continue to support my ambitions to 'do good.'
SNEHA KRISHNA, '15