The Emergence and Future of Public Health Data Science

Jeff Goldsmith, Yifei Sun, Linda P. Fried, Jeannette Wing, Gary W. Miller, Kiros Berhane

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Data science is a newly‐formed and, as yet, loosely‐defined discipline that has nonetheless emerged as a critical component of successful scientific research. We seek to provide an understanding of the term “data science,” particularly as it relates to public health; to identify ways that data science methods can strengthen public health research; to propose ways to strengthen education for public health data science; and to discuss issues in data science that may benefit from a public health perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1604023
JournalPublic Health Reviews
StatePublished - Apr 26 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • big data
  • computational methods
  • ethics
  • interdisciplinary science
  • machine learning
  • reproducibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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