The BA in Informatics is granted under the jurisdiction of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Students complete 128 units, including at least 70 units of courses in the USC Dornsife College and at least 40 units of courses in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Units completed in the USC Dornsife College include the general education and writing requirements, the USC Dornsife College foreign language requirement and an adviser-approved disciplinary specialization of at least 24 units.
Students will be experts in the emerging field of data science for communication. Graduates will learn about theories and principles underlying human communication and the ways in which people utilize and engage with communication technologies. They will also understand the technical underpinnings of emerging communication platforms, ranging from social media to enterprise collaboration platforms to virtual and augmented reality. They will have the capability to build these technologies and effectively manage teams that do so. They will also master the theoretical and technical tools to investigate and analyze large volumes of data generated by digital communication platforms using machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Geospatial data accessibility, spatial decision support systems and geospatial problem solving environments are revolutionizing most industries and disciplines, including healthcare, marketing, social services, human security, education, environmental sustainability and transportation. Spatial data science professionals draw upon engineering, computer science and spatial sciences principles to solve data-intensive, large-scale, location-based problems.
This degree is designed for students that have a strong math and science background, but may not have much training in computer science. Students will learn the basics of data science, including data formats, tools and techniques. They learn how to build data processing programs in Python, and they will learn how to apply the latest analytical tools through hands-on homeworks and projects. Students are given a choice of electives to allow them to pursue their own interests within data science.
● Understand the requirements and techniques to manage health and healthcare process data collected by health care providers and organizations, use it to improve patient care, and analyze it to improve the business processes in and between hospitals, insurance companies, public health agencies, and other components of the healthcare ecosystem
● Understand the use of data science in clinical research and translational medicine
● Understand the design and development of personal devices and mobile apps to collect health data and to monitor health-related variables
● Understand the use of emerging technologies in data science and their application to health and healthcare delivery processes
● Gain direct experiences in finding and articulating challenges in healthcare settings that can be met through integrative engineering solutions.
This graduate certificate is offered through the USC Graduate and Professional Programs (GAPP) office. For more details on this program, including application criteria, information for international applicants, and a schedule of classes, please visit the GAPP website.