Dr. Brian Dixon Receives Grant to Enhance Curriculum with Population Health Data Science
Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, FHIMSS, associate professor of epidemiology, received a new $100,000 grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) to enhance curriculum at FSPH and other universities with novel datasets and modules on population health data science. One of the major challenges for students is accessing real-world data and getting hands on experience with data science methods that can be applied in public / population health disciplines. In conjunction with faculty from the IU School of Medicine, as well as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Utah, Dr. Dixon will co-lead the development of course materials (e.g., lectures, assignments) on data science methods in population health. This effort includes extraction and de-identification of real-world data from electronic health records that can be turned into datasets for students to use when learning and applying data science methods. The curriculum enhancements and datasets will be made available to faculty at IU as well as Pittsburgh, Utah, and other sites funded by the NLM to train the next generation of population health data scientists.