Online Health Informatics and Data Analytics Micro-Credential

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Discussion with Department Chair, Dr. Linkov about Duquesne University’s online micro-credential

Transcript

Speaker 1:

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining today’s webinar, where we will be discussing Duquesne University’s, Online Health Informatics and Data Analytics micro-credential. I’m joined here today by the department chair and associate professor of Duquesne’s Rangos School Of Health Sciences, Dr. Linkov. Dr. Linkov, how are you today?

Dr. Linkov:

I’m doing good. Thank you.

Speaker 1:

Wonderful, and before we get started and diving into the program overview of the micro-credential, I was wondering if you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your background and your expertise.

Dr. Linkov:

Absolutely. So, I’m the chair of the Department of Health Administration and Public Health Duquesne and I am an epidemiologist by training. Over the past 20 years, my career encompassed many different fields, including research, education, and many other different projects, including exploration of health services administration, and how health services can be optimized to deliver best care to the patients.

My passion for health services research is something that got me to Duquesne about a year ago, where I’m excited to share my passion about the field with the students. Especially those who are enrolled with our MIT program, which is the program designed to grow our next generation of leaders in their health administration. So, somebody who is not yet ready to take up the full program, which consists of 42 credits, we’re offering a micro-credential that we’re about to discuss today. I would like to welcome everybody into our program, both micro-credentials and others, and today I just wanted to finish this introduction with saying how excited I am to talk to anybody who is interested in our programs. And generally as a researcher, I love talking to people about research and my research about optimization of healthcare. And the [inaudible 00:02:08] is something that brought me here.

Speaker 1:

Great, thanks so much for that, and to dive into our Health Informatics and Data Analytics micro-credential like you said, this is kind of a bite-sized piece of our overall online master of health administration program. And this program itself consists of four courses, which are 12 credit hours, and typically will take about two semesters to complete. So, just some frequently asked questions about this program, Dr. Linkov, what is a micro-credential and why would someone want to earn this micro-credential specifically in health informatics and data analytics?

Dr. Linkov:

So, micro-credential is something that is smaller than a full degree, but nevertheless, with our four course micro-credential in data informatics and data analytics, you’re still getting a credential from a high-quality institution that you can use to promote your career, to learn something more so that it can contribute to your existing career, or just to get some additional education. So a micro credential is something that requires less commitment than in traditional programs. So it’s especially to be in the era of working from home and studying from home, something like an online micro-credential is really convenient and easy to access for people with busy schedules.

Speaker 1:

Yeah. What skills can someone apply to their industry and their career from this program?

Dr. Linkov:

So the health industry is booming and one of the things that has been rapidly expanding in healthcare is the amount of data that we’re working with. So, you probably heard about the term “big data” and that’s the expansion of massive and massive amounts of data, especially imaging, health records, results of different tests, biomarkers, so all of that is a part of big data. So, with the expansion of data, and with the expansion of health systems, and with the ability of our information systems to do more and more every day, we need specialists who are able to help to digest all the data. So, health informatics and data analytics micro-credential is something that can help you and students around the world tackle this challenging field and either promote the career that they already have, or enter the field because this is the kind of field that is always looking for new blood, fresh students, or new talent. So by [inaudible 00:04:55] this micro-credential, you’re able to enter that field with the new skills that you learned in the program, especially those related to analyzing data.

Speaker 1:

Wonderful and at a quick high level glance of these four courses that are included within this micro-credential curriculum. I was wondering if you can just kind of go over some highlights of these courses and maybe some future outlooks for the skills that you’re going to learn throughout this program.

Dr. Linkov:

So, we have four courses listed here, including Healthcare Information Systems, Data Mining and Predictive Modeling, Health Informatics and Data Analytics, and also Data Visualization with Tableau. I wanted to start with the last course, the data visualization. Because over the past year, with our exposure to COVID type of data, what we’ve been seeing a lot of different fancy graphs or not-so fancy graphs that represent how many cases of COVID we have over time, or what does the pattern of COVID in a certain county or in a certain city, many of those dashboards related to COVID have been developed in the software called Tableau. So, learning about the software gives you a very useful skill, not just in a time of COVID pandemic, but generally, how do you visualize the data? How do we make the data digestible to people around you or the people who might not necessarily have the same background in data informatics and data analytics? So, the data visualization course actually gives you those practical skills.

In terms of other courses, they’re also really practical and introduce you to the area of information systems. Also, give you a perspective on what is data mining and what are the practical skills that we need to have to be successful in the field, and in general, this is a data analysis focused curriculum that is going to be very useful to anybody interested in the area.

Speaker 1:

Great, and like we mentioned before, for this micro-credential, it’s kind of a stepping stone into our online masters health administration program. So taking these four courses, once you’ve completed, finished, and you’re interested in getting the full degree, you can actually transfer these credits into our full program. I think that’s exciting for students to learn. Yeah.

One of the last things, just to quick overview of this program, I did want to go over some of the admissions requirements and prerequisites to the program. So, this is tying into our overall master’s program, so we are looking for students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher, and also giving us are their official transcripts, official TOEFL scores if applicable, and a resume or CV if needed. And I just did want to ask you, what is the ideal student that would be looking for this program specifically?

Dr. Linkov:

The ideal student is somebody who is interested in the area and who is passionate about learning something new. We’re not looking for graduates of specific majors, so it’s not like you need to be information science major in order to enter this micro-credential. You can have Bachelor’s from any accredited university in the United States or around the world. So, the ideal candidate is somebody with a degree of interest in the area, and also possibly those who are potentially interested in MIT degree. So, for students who are coming from out of country, we of course recommend that they have good grasp of English and that they have TOEFL scores or a test of other scores of English as a foreign language being on the level that Duquesne is asking, so you need to be proficient in English.

Speaker 1:

Wonderful. So, before we wrap up for today, any closing statements about the micro-credential program or why students should choose Duquesne?

Dr. Linkov:

One of the things that they want to mention is that every student in our program gets very close attention and all of our faculty members are wonderful and they’re working one-on-one with each student to make them successful. So, I just wanted to share with everybody my passion for Duquesne. I’ve been at Duquesne for about a year and I think that the environment is extremely welcoming, both for faculty members and for students. So I look forward to seeing everybody in this program and in Duquesne in general, thank you so much for your time today.

Speaker 1:

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to discuss the program with potential students. It was great to hear you talk about the program and if anybody else listening is interested in learning more about this micro-credential program or our online MHA program, you can visit our website or contact an enrollment advisor today.