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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 this field. Importantly, our graduates have the technical skill to work with computer scientists and programmers, and posses a deep understanding of the healthcare environment to work with doctors, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals.
Our graduates have found opportunities as:
There's no better way to learn about our graduate programs than from the students themselves.
Connect with a Student Ambassador
The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) maintains a comprehensive database of available Health Informatics positions throughout the country.
“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, Class of 2017
“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, Class of 2017
"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, Class of 2016
"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, Class of 2016
“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, Class of 2016
“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, Class of 2016
“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, Class of 2015
"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, Class of 2015
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