Data Science Fellowship Program

The Duke AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program is a 2-year training program in data science with direct application for healthcare. Designed for early-career data scientists with strong backgrounds in quantitative disciplines, the program is part of a multidisciplinary, campus-spanning initiative that applies machine learning and quantitative sciences to rich sources of healthcare and administrative data, using the insights gained to improve healthcare delivery, quality of care, and the health of individuals and communities.

Meet the AI Health Fellows

AI Health Fellow Alumni

Data Science Fellows are integrated into multidisciplinary teams where they are mentored by and work under the direction of the team’s quantitative lead, who offers advanced expertise in data science and machine learning. Fellows also receive guidance and mentoring from the team’s clinical lead(s), who provide insight into the clinical and operational contexts in which projects are embedded, and in some cases receive mentoring from a staff statistician. Data science teams also include a project manager and may include an informaticist.

Each team focuses on a well-defined research question or problem related to healthcare delivery, quality of care, or clinical operations. Working in this intense but supportive environment, trainees acquire essential skills in healthcare analytics and modern machine learning methods, while also benefiting from in-depth exposure to real-world clinical problem-solving. The Data Science Fellow works as a fully integrated member of these multidisciplinary teams, which are assembled jointly with input from AI Health, the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University Health System, and Duke School of Medicine clinical leadership.

AI Health Fellows typically work on 2 to 3 projects each year and are encouraged to collaborate across complementary projects as opportunity and topic focus align.

After completing the Duke AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program, Fellows have embarked on data science career paths in industry and academia. Examples of positions that Fellows have taken immediately following the conclusion of the program include:

• Data Analytics Training Specialist at Alliance Health
• Medical Image Scientist at Brown University
• Data Scientist at Edge Analytics
• Co-Founder of Aerology
• Machine Learning Specialist at Alva Health Inc.
• Scientist, Data Science Analytics & Insights at Janssen Research & Development
• Data Scientist in Epidemiology at Biobot Analytics
• Computer Vision Engineer at Aurora Solar
• Data Scientist at the Laboratory for Transformative Administration in the Duke School of Medicine Department of Surgery

Program Leadership team

Photograph of Matthew Engelhard, MD, PhD

Matthew Engelhard

Faculty Director, AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program

Photograph of Amanda Brucker

Amanda Brucker

Senior Operations Lead and Statistical Mentor


Lacey Rende

Project Planner

Ben Goldstein

Ben Goldstein

Fellowship Program Senior Advisor