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I discovered the MS in Informatics program at SJSU while searching online for graduate programs from established brick and mortar universities. I had worked professionally as a UI designer for many years and became interested in studying user experience design after working with many talented UX professionals. I wanted to find a graduate program that had a foundational emphasis on user experience with a technical focus on data science and information management. The Informatics program at SJSU fulfilled my requirements, and includes courses focusing on big data analysis, web application development, metadata and taxonomic systems creation, health informatics, human computer interaction, and cyber security. This diverse range of courses gave me the opportunity to explore creating usable solutions for end users through many different facets, and by the end of the program, I had a strong portfolio of projects demonstrating what I’ve learned.

Although I initially hoped to learn more about UX design during this program, I was unsure about the role data analysis and management played in creating usable solutions for end users. However, as I completed each course, I learned more about how informatics skills can be applied to many different fields, like healthcare and cybersecurity. Furthermore, many of my classes emphasized the importance of data governance and protecting user privacy, which are both necessary in order to create secure data-driven applications. I also learned about the diverse role informaticists can play in a large variety of careers, including health informatics, data analysis, web development, and user experience design. Finally, this program has helped me become a more diverse designer, and I’ve gained skills in UX design, taxonomic and metadata systems creation, web development, and big data analysis. I look forward to applying the knowledge I’ve gained during my tenure in this program to my career and hope to create technological solutions that are both secure and usable in the future.


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