Online Master's in Health Care Data Analytics

Advance your career in big data to help lower health care costs, improve patient care and help save lives

Bring cutting-edge findings and practices together with the tools of analysis and technology to drive decisions in the health care industry. That's what becoming a health care data analyst is mostly about. It's also about making a difference in the health care industry and providing data insights that can help lower costs, improve the patient care experience and, ultimately, help save lives.

The health care data analytics (HCDA) master's program was developed based on the demand within the health care and auxiliary industries for professionals with advanced training in data analytics. 

Program delivery information and potential salary

This 30-credit program is an online-only program, and most students can complete it part time in five semesters. After graduation, according to, analysts can earn a median salary of $65,000 or higher. indicates health care analysts can earn $73,616 annually. 



Credit Hours



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*based on a part-time student

Solve the health care industry's greatest challenges in an ethical way

Our HCDA master's program has a unique focus on ethically driven data analytics, where data science is viewed through the lens of the ethical and social issues surrounding it. Those issues provide a critical context that offers a meaningful bridge between individuals, big data and the health care industry. 

Students may also be interested in learning about dual enrollment with the data science certificate through Marquette's Graduate Program at no additional cost or time.  

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Learning Outcomes

Through this flexible, online interdisciplinary program you'll experience mathematics, statistics, computer science, ethics, health care environment, regulations, industry and process improvement. The combination is designed to bring the latest in the health care industry and the delivery of care and service together with the tools of analysis and technology.

The data analytics core provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand and quantify the value of decisions based on analyses, and the health curriculum provides the context and application of the data.

1. Apply health care data analytics knowledge and skills in a practical setting.

2. Demonstrate effective problem-solving, time management and critical thinking skills.

3. Consistently demonstrate professional interpersonal and communication skills, especially when "telling the data story" to a wide variety of audiences, with different levels of health literacy.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities continue to emerge in large, integrated health systems as well as in health care technology startups and consulting firms.

Industry-specific data expertise also is needed by health insurers, software vendors, pharmacy benefit management companies, employee wellness programs, public health departments, community health centers and national nonprofit organizations.  

Our graduate students often find or expand their existing career in the following roles:

  • Business Intelligence Consultant
  • Community Health Analyst
  • Community Health Systems Administrator
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Health Care Informatics Analyst
  • Health Care Systems Administrator
  • Health Care Systems Analyst
  • Health Care Technical Communications Specialist
  • Information Technology Consultant
  • Operations Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Technology Manager


Course Work 

Data Analytics Core - 15 credits

Advanced Data Science, or Topics in Computer Science, or Privacy and Security

Ethical and Social Implications of Data

Business Intelligence

Business Analytics

Data at Scale

Health Care Context - 15 credits

The Environment of Health Care Delivery

Health Care Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues

Quality Improvement Science in Health Care

Applied Health Data Analytics Practicum

Advanced Applied Statistics

HIMMS Affiliation
HIMSS Academic Organization Affiliate ​

Marquette University has joined the HIMSS Academic Organizational Affiliate (AOA) Program. HIMSS is the health care industry’s membership organization focused on better health through information technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.


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Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions – August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions – December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete, and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15
  • Spring (January) Term: November 15
  • Summer (May) Term: April 15

Application Requirements

  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette.1
  • A statement of purpose discussing career goals and how the program will help to reach them. 
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • Up to two recommendation letters from people who can best speak to the applicant's potential for future success as a graduate student.
  • A resume (optional).

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not in English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student's record.

For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), visit the department of financial aid webpage. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.