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Data Science for Justice Takes Root at Howard

The new master's degree in applied data science is open for applications.

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As demand for skills in data science and statistics continues to grow in many social science fields, Howard is opening its application to its new master’s degree in applied data science. The program aims to help those interested in minority health and health disparities, environmental justice, and economic empowerment. The 30-credit, online-only program is designed to empower the use of data science that is “ethically responsible in terms of bias and ethics,” said Amy Yeboah Quarkume, PhD, associate professor of Africana studies and who is part of organizing the program.

“We at Howard believe data is for all, and everyone should be knowledgeable, literate, and… using data to solve everyday social problems,” she said.

The initial cohort is expected to be about 30 students, a mix of people from different fields and from around the world. To apply, visit provost.howard.edu/datascience. Applications are due January 15, 2023 for priority admission; April 15, 2023 for regular admission with a Fall 2023 start.

The program comes on the heels of the National Data Science Alliance (NDSA), an initiative designed to increase the number of Black people earning data science credentials by at least 20,000 by 2027. The NDSA is formed through a $10 million award from the National Science Foundation awarded to four HBCUs, including Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, Morehouse College, and Fisk University. Howard economics professor LaTanya Brown-Robertson, PhD will lead the northeastern regional hub of the NDSA, and Moses Garuba, associate dean of engineering and computer science, will lead the industry-university collaborations.

 

 

 

 

 

This story appears in the Fall 2022 issue.

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