BS in Health Data Science

Advance Human Health With Data Science

Health data science is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary field requiring a diverse set of skills to extract knowledge and insights from data. Health data scientists will be at the center of an estimated $300 billion value added to the American health sector annually by big data and analytics.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Data Science features an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates biostatistics, computer science and informatics that will create an attractive package for employers working with health data locally, nationally and internationally. Students will receive either a minor in computer science from the Department of Computer and Information Science, or a minor in Informatics from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

The BS in Health Data Science will be a 120 credit program with:

  • 30 credits of General Education courses
  • 30 credits of preparatory classes
  • 30 credits in the major
  • 30 credits of electives


In addition to its focus on health, and the deep analytical skills obtained through the Health Data Science curriculum, a unique characteristic of the degree is the availability of minors in computer science or informatics.

Computer Science
The minor in Computer and Information Science will focus on the use and modification of sophisticated software tools, to provide students with the computational background necessary in developing the deep analytical capabilities necessary in their careers. This minor requires taking INFO-I453 and INFO-I425.

The minor in Informatics will focus on combining principles from information systems, computer science, psychology, and sociology, to prepare students to tackle the challenges found in the health sciences. This minor requires taking CSCI-34000 and CSCI-36200. 


To complete this degree, you will take a combination of General Education courses, HDS required courses, HDS core courses, and a minor in Computer Science or Informatics that together total at least 120 credits. To see the specific distribution of classes, click the button below.

Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000 to speak with one of our friendly, helpful advisors who can answer questions about degree requirements, eligible classes, course substitutions, and course waivers. We’re here to help students successfully complete the program.

Admissions Criteria

Direct Admissions
In order to be admitted to this degree program a student must:

  • Have an SAT score of at least 1080 if taken after March 2016. SAT scores on tests taken before March 2016 must be at least 1000 or minimum ACT scores of 19 math and 21 composite. 
  • Have completed Core 40 with college prep course grades of C or better.
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Intercampus Transfer
In order to be admitted to this degree program a student must:

  • Have earned a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative and previous semester GPA.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program.

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