Study the science of generating data-driven solutions to real-world health problems. This degree – the first of its kind in Australasia - explores the intersection of biostatistics, computer science and health. Prepare to make sense of big data to tackle critical health issues facing Australian and global communities.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Fully online
Award
Master of Science
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.7 Year(s)

Overview

Today, health data is measured in the trillions of gigabytes. It doubles every 75 days. Big data is a term used to describe data sets that are so large and complex, they can’t be managed or analysed using traditional methods.

In health, big data includes the:

  • millions of records generated routinely by health services
  • real-time clinical data captured at the point-of-care
  • genomic and imaging data produced in research and clinical settings
  • health-related data generated by the population at large through wearable devices and social media.

The Master of Science in Health Data Science will prepare you to find the right data, unlock hidden insights and use this information to better support clinical care, inform health policy and improve population health. This degree covers the entire pipeline from comprehension of complex health issues through to data wrangling and management, machine learning, data analytics, data modelling and data communication.  

Key features

  • Industry relevant degree
    We designed this program in response to a significant and growing gap in the global health workforce: skilled data scientists who understand the context of health and can apply data analytics to drive health improvement. In this program, you’ll be exposed to real-world problems and learn the latest analytical methodologies to derive solutions.

  • Suited to a wide range of backgrounds
    This degree is suitable for students who are starting out in the field and those already working within it who want to upskill. Whether you’re a statistician who wants to build on your current skills, a clinician or nurse who wants to improve the quality of care received by your patients, or a keen programmer looking to convert your on-the-job experience into a formal qualification, this program welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Flexible delivery
    This degree can be completed full-time or part-time, on-campus or fully online. Content is delivered through a combination of online readings, expert guest lectures and practical hands-on tutorials. Lectures are followed by exercises, which reinforce the learning and programming skills covered in the tutorials.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Study the first postgraduate degree in health data science
Our master’s degree, graduate diploma and graduate certificate in health data science are pioneering programs that examine data-driven solutions to complex health problems. At UNSW, we’re leading this new approach to healthcare.

Learn within a world-leading research and teaching institute
This degree is delivered by the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) – the leading Australian and international hub for health research using big data. The CBDRH brings together an interdisciplinary team of staff, who have world-leading expertise in managing, manipulating, analysing and visualising health big data. Using large-scale electronic data than spans the biomedical, clinical and health services domains, the CBDRH is transforming knowledge from data into practical applications within health.

Connect with staff and students in a dynamic learning environment
In some courses, a flipped classroom approach is used, where you’ll learn theory from short online videos and use face-to-face or online sessions to apply knowledge, practice skills and engage in peer-to-peer learning. A major feature of our student-centric learning experience is the online community, where you can interact with your peers and instructors from diverse backgrounds and workplaces. 

 

Program Code
9372
CRICOS Code
096225M
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
34

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Entry requirements

For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline
  • an undergraduate degree in a non-cognate discipline at honours level
  • successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Health Data Science (5372)
  • qualifications equivalent to or higher than the Graduate Diploma in Health Data Science (5372) on a case-by-case basis.

Cognate disciplines

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • dentistry
  • physiotherapy
  • optometry 
  • biomedical/biological science
  • pharmacy
  • public health
  • veterinary science
  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • statistics
  • mathematical sciences
  • computer science 
  • psychology
  • (health) economics
  • data science
  • other (case-by-case basis)

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline
  • an undergraduate degree in a non-cognate discipline at honours leve
  • successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Health Data Science (5372)
  • qualifications equivalent to or higher than the Graduate Diploma in Health Data Science (5372) on a case-by-case basis.

Cognate disciplines

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • dentistry
  • physiotherapy
  • optometry 
  • biomedical/biological science
  • pharmacy
  • public health
  • veterinary science
  • biology
  • biochemistry
  • statistics
  • mathematical sciences
  • computer science 
  • psychology
  • (health) economics
  • data science
  • other (case-by-case basis)

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

From the context of health and data curation through to analytics, computation and communication, this degree will guide you through the entire health data science pipeline. 

 

Health Data Science Pipeline

    • Health Delivery Systems
    • Data Sources
    • Evidence-Based Medicine
    • Health Outcomes
    • Health Equity and Genes 
    • Data Quality
    • Wrangling
    • Data Linkage
    • File Management /Storage
    • IT Security
    • Pattern Analysis
    • Pre-Processing
    • Outlier Detection
    • Prediction
    • Algorithms
    • Models
    • Decision Making
    • Collaborative Coding
    • Visualisation
    • Written and Oral Presentation

Full program structure

The Master of Science in Health Data Science can be completed in 1.7 years of full-time study or three years part-time. The program is made up of eight core courses and a choice of either:

  • Three Elective Courses + Research Capstone Course (HDAT9910 Health Data Science: Capstone)

Future careers

The role of a health data scientist is dynamic and always evolving as their work spans across any of the multiple stages of the health data pipeline. From designing and leading research studies and analysing data, through to building machine learning processes to understand complex health issues, a health data scientist’s work draws on a multiplicity of skills.

Because it’s a profession in its early development stages, new roles and opportunities in this sector are being created all the time. The health data scientist may, for example, manage a team of data analysts to work out processes to gather data, assess how to model the data or devise ways to implement health policy change based on the outcomes of their studies and findings.

There is growing demand within the public and private health sector, both in Australia and globally, for professionals with specialised interdisciplinary skills in health data science. This degree could lead to a career in:

  • government departments of health (national, state or local)
  • hospitals
  • universities and research institutes
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • health insurance companies 
  • private data analytics consultancies.

Our alumni

"We learnt industry-leading coding practices such as GitHub and Version Control and had regular assignments, which were useful as they were in a health context.”

Phillip Hungerford

Analytics Consultant

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$32,190*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$49,110*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$40,770*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$64,290*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2020.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

I was able to improve my skills in data science and apply the knowledge to health-related areas.
Marta Torres

Marta Torres

PhD Student

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