Master of Analytics (Health)

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Transform data to change lives

Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst and disseminator of critical health-related data.

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What is it like?

Massey’s Master of Analytics (Health) will equip you with the technical and critical thinking skills needed to transform data into information that can be used as evidence for making policy development and business decisions within health-related industries.

This programme has a unique focus on learning how to utilise a multi-system, multi-sector approach to answering national-level health and wellbeing questions.

In demand by employers

This programme has been developed in conjunction with the health industry. It reflects the internationally increased focus on the analysis of big health data. There is a huge amount of data being collected in the health sector, but a gap remains in the shortage of qualified people to analyse and turn this into meaningful information that can be used to improve our health services and outcomes. Your new skills will be highly sought-after by a wide range of employers.

Gain globally recognised certification

The Master of Analytics is sponsored by the world’s leading business analytics software provider - SAS. That means that upon completion of this degree you will receive the globally-recognised SAS certification. 

SAS business insights also ensure your lecturers are up-to-date with developments in the industry and you will gain access to SAS’ global network of clients. This agreement was the first of its kind with a New Zealand university.  

Progress your career

You may come from an information technology /data science background and have found yourself in a role in the health sector. Or you may be in a health-related role (or have a health-related qualification), but wish to gain in-depth skills in analysis of data. This qualification will help you gain the competencies you need to progress your career.

What will you learn?

You will gain a thorough understanding of the nature of the wider health and social context in order to identify the most appropriate problem to address. Then how to develop public health research methodology that produces meaningful results for health professionals. You will hone your critical thinking skills and be able to independently develop health-related research programmes . You will be able to project manage data, from collection through to clearly conveying complex ideas or results to a non-professional audience.

Privacy of data is a high-profile issue, especially in the health sector. Fundamental to the research work expected of MAnalyt (Health) graduates is an expectation that they understand the wider legal and ethical systems in which public health operates.

Real-world learning

In order to identify the most appropriate technique and data to address a problem, you need to understand the real challenges and context which health organisations face. At Massey we ensure that your learning is firmly based in a real-world business context including an industry-driven research project.

Real-life data

As a Master of Analytics student, you’ll have access to real-life data through Massey’s IDI Analytics Lab to learn the skills, tools and critical thinking needed to make data useful. This computer lab has dedicated access to the IDI, a large research database containing microdata about people and households from a range of government agencies. It is the first teaching and research lab of its kind in New Zealand and is located in Wellington.

Let our expertise, become yours

The importance Massey University places on health is reflected in its status as the only university in New Zealand with a dedicated College of Health. You will learn from nationally and internationally recognised health research experts.

Latest theory and relevant, practical learning

The Master of Analytics (Health) will cover fundamental data analysis tools, including data mining, statistics, and econometrics. You will then learn how these tools are applied in a business specialisation of your choosing: marketing, finance, or supply chain management. In the last phase of study you will complete an applied analytics project, where the knowledge and skills you have learnt will be utilised to address a real-world problem in collaboration with an organisation, in this case, in the health industry.

Complete in a year

This qualification is a 180-credit programme, so can be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. It consists of 120 credits of taught programmes and a 60 credit (six months full-time) Applied Analytics project.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Analytics will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a bachelor’s degree in a health-related subject
  • Have passed a course in statistics or computing
  • Want to increase your career prospects working with big data in the health industry
  • Would like real-world learning specific to the health sector that you can apply immediately upon completion of your study
Muyiwa Olayemi
Master of Analytics (Health)
Data Analyst / Biometrician, Sugar Research Australia

“Master of Analytics at Massey was an applied course that addressed the practical needs of the industry…”

The high calibre of professors and lectures in the data analytics group and the high international reputation of Massey University made it the University of choice for my study.

The blended learning approach combining in-person classroom time and independent online study allowed me to study at Massey while living in Australia.

Coming from a genetics background, I found the option of specialising in the health analytics stream very attractive and suitable to my needs. It provided me with the relevant analytic skills for handling complex health data.

The experience I acquired from my capstone project was comprehensive. I used healthcare data from a primary health organisation in New Zealand to develop a predictive model to solve a real healthcare problem for the organisation.

The quality of the course content I learned and the skills I acquired enabled me to secure a full-time job as a Biometrician/Data Analyst with Sugar Research Australia prior to the completion of my course. I find the tools and skills acquired from the course to be highly valuable and relevant to me. I regularly apply them to solve tasks across several projects in my current role.

Careers

Internationally there is clear demand for people with specific health analytics skills. This is predicted to grow.

Employment in the general workforce in New Zealand is predicted to grow by around 2% to 2018. Those in areas related directly to health analytics (e.g., ICT management, health services management, health analysts) are projected to grow by up to 5.3% and by 7.2% in Australia.

In the US the number of jobs specifically seeking candidates with health analytics and informatics skills leapt 36% over 2007-2011.

Potential roles

After completing this qualification, potential roles include:

  • consultant
  • business analyst
  • investment specialist
  • customer insights officer
  • database analyst
  • business insight executive
  • supply management specialist.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Professor Barry Borman

Dr Borman has extensive experience in applied epidemiology, perinatal epidemiology especially the epidemiology of birth defects, the establishment and operation of health surveillance systems, the uses of national health data sets and record linkage, and the translation of research into policy development and decision making in the health sector. 

Dr Borman is the Associate Director of the Centre for Public Health Research and leads its activity in public health surveillance and information, and environmental health, He is the Director of the national Environmental Health Indicators Programme and the Director also the director of the New Zealand Birth Defects Registry. From 2000-08 he was the Manager of Public Health Intelligence, the epidemiology and surveillance group of the Ministry of Health.

His work is widely published in key industry journals both within New Zealand and internationally.

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