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Training Big Data Professionals
The big data revolution has arrived in the public sector. Become a leader in this new field.
A revolution is underway in the fields of city planning, policy, operations, and management; public policy and public administration; and health administration. We now have ubiquitous sensors, telecommunications networks, and advanced data analytics to make evidence-based decision making more feasible.
The limiting factor to successful use of big data is the skill set of traditionally trained analysts and administrators who are not familiar with advanced computational tools and data management techniques. Public informatics is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured. Cross-trained professionals with skills in public applications of information science are needed to address this training gap.
The Bloustein School’s Master of Public Informatics program provides the vehicle for educating professional student cohorts in the competencies needed in public informatics: context, statistics, programming, data management, data analytics, visualization, spatial analysis, applications and the integration of these skills. Graduates of the new program will bring a critical voice and a deep understanding of context to an emerging field.