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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Analytics

This two-year post-baccalaureate diploma (60 credit/20 course) is aimed at students with a bachelor degree in any nursing, science, engineering, psychology, business or management program who wish to pursue a career in Health Analytics. Students will receive thorough training in statistics and data science. Term one of this program sets the mathematical and statistical foundation for higher level learning in the health and data science areas. In subsequent terms, students build on, and apply, these foundational skills to a diverse set of areas. While many of the applications have a health focus, the mathematical, statistical, and data science concepts learned are universally applicable to a wide range of disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will:

  1. Understand healthcare systems in a variety of countries including how their history, geography, government and economy and privacy laws impact the healthcare system.
  2. Evaluate, define and explain data-analytic problems that offer the greatest opportunities for organizational benefits.
  3. Understand the relevant laws, regulations and standards involved with health data.
  4. Manage and manipulate data and create data visualizations using a variety of mathematical and statistical software.
  5. Apply mathematical, statistical and machine learning techniques to support organizational decisions as well as to identify new data driven opportunities.
  6. Participate in the planning and execution of a data science project culminating in recommendations based on the results of the analysis.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a recognized Bachelor Degree in any science, nursing, engineering, psychology, or management program. A post-secondary basic calculus course, or equivalent, is highly recommended. A keen interest in mathematics and data science is required for this program.

A student who has completed a recognized undergraduate degree in a program different than those listed above may be admitted to the program provided they pass the Okanagan College Basic Algebra Proficiency Test with a minimum score of 20/25 AND the Calculus Readiness Test with a minimum score of 16/25.

Program Outline

Semester 1
DSCI 300 Data Wrangling and Visualization
DSCI 310 Mathematics Computation
DSCI 321 Health Care Analytics
STAT 230 Elementary Applied Statistics
MATH 314 Calculus and Linear Algebra with Business Applications
Semester 2
DSCI 400 Machine Learning I
DSCI 322 Comparative Health Systems
BUAD 283 Management Information Systems
MATH 251 Introduction to Discrete Structures
STAT 240 Applied Statistics II
Semester 3
DSCI 401 Machine Learning II
DSCI 324 Health Care Information Systems
DSCI 420 Mathematics for Machine Learning
STAT 310 Regression Analysis
Elective: Any 3 credit academic course
Semester 4
DSCI 323 Epidemiology and Health Analytics
DSCI 315 Dashboards and Analytic Reporting
STAT 311 Modern Statistical Methods
DSCI 490 Data Science Project
Elective: Any 3 credit academic course

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.


Program Area:

Science (University Studies)

Campus (Intake):

  • Kelowna (Jan)

Credential:

Diploma

Delivery:

  • Full-Time

Cost:

2021-22: $9,397.39 (entire two years)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Notes:

Take the data science diagnostic test here.

This program is student loan eligible.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 09/18/2021