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Emory School of Nursing launching data science certificate program
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The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is launching a data science certificate program to help nurses use big data to solve vexing problems in health care settings.

The online, self-paced program will provide students with access to Project NeLL, the School of Nursing’s suite of apps for teaching, learning and practicing nursing data science. The program will conclude with a chance for students to build and download their own organized, de-identified, big data sets.

Project NeLL provides access to 2.7 million de-identified patient records and more than 37 trillion data points, providing information on diverse populations, countless conditions, and a wide spectrum of care. Using it, nurses can look at nursing-sensitive data to transform health care processes, design new products, and uncover hidden relationships between provider actions and patient outcomes, among other tasks.

"NeLL is such a great tool to show nursing data in big data sets from electronic health records,” says Roy Simpson, DNP, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, FACMI, assistant dean of technology management and clinical professor at the School of Nursing. “Nurses need big data and big data needs nurses, and with 32 trillion data points, NeLL provides the data that nurses need to create the best health care solutions.”

Nurses completing the program will earn an Emory Nursing digital certificate and badge and receive continuing professional development contact hours. The cost of the course is $400. For more information, visit or email

About the School of Nursing

As one of the nation's top nursing schools, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is committed to educating visionary nurse leaders and scholars. The school is home to the No. 1 master’s program, No. 2 BSN program, and No. 6 DNP program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, and third among all nursing schools in National Institutes of Health grant funding. The school offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and non-degree programs, bringing together cutting-edge resources, distinguished faculty, top clinical experiences, and access to leading health care partners to shape the future of nursing and impact the world's health and well-being. 

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