Rao to Lead Data Science Program

Posted by Paula Paine on September 10, 2014 in "Aruna Rao", business, "Data Science", Rao, "School of Business", technology, "Your OU" Ottawa University is happy to announce the addition of Aruna Rao, Assistant Professor of Management Information and Health Systems, to the University’s business faculty. With a strong background in management of information systems, specifically within the health care industry, as well as broad experience in business analytics, Rao helped develop the University’s new B.S. in Data Science and Technology degree and will serve as the program’s lead faculty member.
“The forward thinking that Ottawa University demonstrated to address the demand for formally educated professionals in this evolving field is indicative of the innovative education that data science students will receive here. We are thrilled to be one of the first to offer this online degree that working adults can take advantage of from anywhere in the world.”   
Rao is on track to complete her PhD in Health Policy and Management with the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2015. She holds a M.S. in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, and an M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy from Bombay University (Bombay, India).
Prior to joining the OU business faculty, Rao was employed by KU Medical Center, where she served as a Project Manager of a culturally-tailored weight loss program for Native Americans and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center’s Health Information Management professional degree program. She also spent time at Truman Medical Center as part of their information technology and business analytics team. During the implementation of Lean Six Sigma, Rao analyzed and streamlined the Center’s scheduling process, reducing the average patient wait time from 30 minutes to five minutes. She also exponentially increased the productivity of clinical nursing and clerical staff through the implementation of technology and efficient processes.
Previously, Rao was in higher education at Rockhurst University and Northern Illinois University, where she served as an LAN administrator/adjunct professor and a graduate assistant, respectively. She is a member of the American Health Information Association, the Health Information and Management System Society, Academy Health, and the American Medical Informatics Association.