Jessica Hammond

Jessica Hammond

After completing the program, Jessica found employment as a Healthcare Analyst at Beacon Health Options.

Jessica's Background

I received my Associates in Science degree from Durham Technical Community College in 2006 and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009.  I have experience working as a clinical nurse and in clinical research, both coordinating and managing clinical trials in human subjects. Whether providing direct patient care or contributing to evidence-based medicine through clinical research, my focus has been on patient outcomes and empowering clinicians in making decisions about the care of individual patients. 

Professional Goals as a Student

My goal is to provide actionable insights and useful conclusions to improve patient outcomes and the way care is delivered.  My areas of interest include population health, health disparities, human gut microbiome research, life sciences, and bioinformatics.  I believe data analytics and data science provide the needed tools and framework to tackle the diverse, complex, and evolving challenges in patient care and population health.

Projects During Program

In the Health Analytics cluster course, I analyzed New Hampshire hospital discharge data and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data to study the prevalence of chronic diseases and to estimate the total cost of inpatient and outpatient care in New Hampshire in 2017 for individuals with diabetes.  I also used clustering techniques to create a ranking system for hospitals in New Hampshire based on the cost of care.  The tools and libraries used in these projects included web scraping, text mining, python, Tableau, and the scikit-learn machine learning library.

What did you find valuable about the M.S. program?

Attending the Chief Analytics Officer Conference in Boston was a rewarding experience.  It was validating to see the skills we are learning in the analytics program are the skills that are in demand in the industry today.

Other Activities

I was the president of the University of New Hampshire Data Driven Women student organization, and I was dedicated to support the mission of addressing the gender gap and promoting the success of women in the ever-changing landscape of data and STEM careers.

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