Becoming a Data Professional
This program offers two tracks toward becoming a Data Professional. One track is geared toward students coming primarily from a non-STEM background. After completing the program, these students will have become Data-Proficient Decision Makers. The other track is geared toward students coming primarily from a STEM background. After completing the program, these students will have become Policy-Savvy Data Experts. See below two hypothetical pathways.
Data Proficient Decision Maker
Reese enters the Friedman School as a new Ph.D. candidate to focus on issues of U.S. food policy on determinants of public health. They have a B.S. in Biology and in the two years since getting their degree worked for a non-profit focused on ending urban food deserts through urban agriculture. Reese was motivated to further their education because they witnessed interactions and impacts of urban planning and poverty alleviation programs on the health of affected communities. They are interested in the role of data visualization in communicating policy impacts.
Policy-Savvy Data Expert
Casey enters the M.S. in Environmental Engineering program with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and experience in local government as a junior civil engineer. Casey is interested in how HDR can help the public sector better understand, design, and prioritize capital improvement projects under multiple challenges stemming from funding uncertainty from shifting tax base, demographic shifts, and urban growth, all under poorly understood infrastructure threats from potential climate change impacts.