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.