Skip to main content

Sanford Health Officer to Speak on Demand for Analytics

Image Benson Hsu Dr. Benson Hsu, chief data and analytics officer at Sanford Health, will speak Friday at USD.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The chief data and analytics officer at Sanford Health will speak on the University of South Dakota campus Friday about the growing demand for business professionals with analytics skills. Dr. Benson Hsu's presentation is part of USD's preparation for a new minor degree in business analytics that will be offered through the Beacom School of Business.

Two new courses, predictive business analytics and prescriptive business analytics, will be available this fall to students in this field. Two analytics faculty members have been hired to strengthen the business school’s teaching and research in this growing field.

Hsu practices as a Sanford School of Medicine pediatrician and leads Sanford's data-driven initiatives to improve health outcomes. He develops and implements the strategic vision of data and analytics at Sanford Health.

His presentation at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1 in Beacom 208 will give students a look into the growing field of business analytics and an opportunity to learn the importance of data analytics specifically to the Sanford Health mission.

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health's 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News