Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Information Science in collaboration with Columbia University (USA) and University of Nairobi (Kenya) hosted a workshop entitled "Curriculum Validation for Master of Science Degree in Public Health Data Science" at Capital Hotel on July 28, 2022.
Professor Alemayehu Worku, from the Department of Preventive Medicine and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee, said that the current Advancing Public Health Research in Eastern Africa through Data Science Training (APHREA-DST) project promotes an interdisciplinary approach by engaging the School of Information Science, Public Health, Department of Statistics, Mathematics and others.
Prof. Alemayehu stated that the collaboration of these different institutions will make the project one of the leaders in public health data science as data and data science are increasingly reshaping nearly all aspects of one's life, including health, though everyone is not benefiting equally.
“While advances like big data and artificial intelligence are beginning to revolutionize health care in high-income countries, they often fail to reach lower-income countries with the greatest need. It’s time to intervene to change these situations,” Prof. Alemayehu added.
“There is a severe lack of well-trained data scientists and home-grown educational programs to enable context-specific training in lower-income countries in general and in East Africa in particular,” he added.
Prof. Alemayehu urged that the proposed Master of Science in Public Health Data Science will therefore play a key role in producing graduates who have a broad and detailed knowledge of data science and fill the existing human resource gap.
Read more from AAU's coverage of the event here