Health Data Science Certificate

The Certificate in Health Data Science (CiHDaS) is one-year program, ideal for those already working in the biomedical or pharmaceutical industries, focused on applying data science, biostatistics, machine learning, and epidemiological thinking in clinical research settings. 

The CiHDaS program is intended for:

  • Quantitative science learners interested in studying data science with a focus on biomedical applications.
  • Numerically able biomedical scientists interested in applying data science methods in clinical, epidemiological and biological sciences.

Data science and biostatistical tools are increasingly necessary to accommodate the growing emphasis on precision and evidence based-medicine, the widespread analyses of electronic health records, and the improved capabilities to collect and store massive datasets. 

We also offer a Master’s of Science in Health Data Science (MiHDaS) as a two-year program that includes a capstone research project, teaching and industry experience. 


The primary teaching faculty in the program are data scientists, biostatisticians, and epidemiologists in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The department has over 60 primary faculty members and 84 affiliated faculty from other UCSF departments as well as from other institutions and organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the around the country. Affiliated faculty are associated with departments including general and internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, nursing, clinical pharmacy, biopharmaceutical sciences, radiology, and dentistry.

The Health Data Science certificate program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division. The program is administered by the UCSF Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and delivered by faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.


Program Manager
Eva Wong-Moy

Program Director
John Kornak, PhD