Health Data Science (M.S.)

Health Data Science (M.S.)

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Data science is among the fastest-growing fields across all industries, and healthcare is no exception. The online M.S. in health data science at UNH will prepare you to work with complex healthcare data and enable you to effectively communicate data analysis in clear, objective and understandable terms for a variety of audiences in visual and written forms. You will learn the statistical foundations of health data science as well as health data architectures and data structures.  You will build models and explore visualization and design techniques to best address the complexities of patient care and population health issues.


The online M.S. in health data science program at UNH is designed for working professionals who see that data plays a critical role in patient and population health outcomes and are looking to hone their skills specifically around healthcare data. Courses led by our full-time faculty are asynchronous, meaning you’ll be able to complete your studies at your own pace, on your schedule – with the option to enroll either full or part-time. You’ll also have the support of a student success coach to help you get the most out of the program. Applications are accepted for start dates in the spring or fall.


  • Healthcare data scientist
  • Senior health data scientist
  • Data /information officer
  • Analytics officer
  • Clinical data manager
  • Healthcare data analyst
  • Population health officer
  • Health informatics/data consultant
  • Outcomes research specialist
  • Principal researcher/investigator


Department of Health Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824-3563

Curriculum & Requirements

A new Master of Science in Health Data Science has been approved for Academic Catalog year 2020/2021.

The Master of Science in Health Data Science (MSHDS), offered by the College  of Health and Human Services, prepares students for careers related to data  analytics within the health care industry. Graduates from the MSHDS program will have the skills necessary to function as health data science practitioners in a wide-range of roles in the health care industry. Students can expect to develop skills in health data acquisition, management and cleansing tools, analytics tools and techniques relative to both large and small data types and sources within the health care industry, and interpretation and presentation tools and design of health care data. The MSHDS program places a strong emphasis on developing a well-rounded, versatile health data practitioner that has a strong understanding of all phases of health care data analysis from programming to interpretation and presentation. Graduates will be able to understand and navigate the requirements and complexities of health care data that are unique to the US Health System. In addition, within the context of the MSHDS curriculum students will develop the necessary skills of teamwork, presentation, and ability to adapt as needed in a dynamic, rapidly changing work environment and industry.


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Note that classes may fill early and students could be referred to the next available start time.

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Prepare responses to three program-specific essay questions:

  1. Discuss your educational and career goals and how a master's degree in health data science will help you achieve those goals.
  2. Talk about your programming experience.
  3. If applying to the masters degree, discuss a potential idea for a culminating project or an area of interest you hope to pursue.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


For program-specific application questions, please contact the UNH Online Student Success Coaches: or 855.250.6699

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