UnitedHealth invests $8M in HBCUs to fund data science initiative

UnitedHealth Group has partnered with the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the oldest and largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, to establish an initiative encouraging students to pursue careers in data analytics.

The AUCC Data Science Initiative will span five years, during which UnitedHealth's $8.25 million investment will help launch technical courses in data science and analysis at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College, all in Atlanta. Students will learn to use advanced data analysis for academic research, focusing specifically on studying disparities in minority communities.

The UnitedHealth and AUCC partnership will also produce internships, guest lectures, faculty development opportunities and other efforts to foster interest in data science. The initiative will encourage the use of data science across all disciplines and for all 9,000 students of the AUCC, and will ultimately offer certificates in data science and analytics.

"The Data Science Initiative has the potential to make the Atlanta University Center Consortium a national resource for experts in data analytics," said Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. "This program will not only produce talented data scientists who will be leaders in their fields, but increasing the number of degree offerings with data science competencies at HBCUs will assist in diversifying a career field that is currently made up of less than 7 percent of underrepresented minorities."

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