Public health dentist as a big data scientist: A review article

Praveena. S *, Indhu Malar. C, Bhuvaneswari. M, Shyam Sivasamy and Aravinth. V

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital(MAHER), Alapakkam main road, Maduravoyal, Chennai-95,
Review Article
World Journal of Advanced Research and Reviews, 2024, 22(03), 1302–1305
Article DOI: 10.30574/wjarr.2024.22.3.1847
Publication history: 
Received on 11 May 2024; revised on 19 June 2024; accepted on 22 June 2024
This paper is to showcase the possibility of public health dentists as big data scientists to analyse large sets of data. Any data collected at national or state level is complex and enormous in nature and hence can be handled only by using advanced software. Professionals who gathers, accumulate data from disparate sources, clean, organise & process it and then develop methods to improve data mining statistically are called big data scientist. The required skills to become a data scientist are programming machine learning techniques, data visualisation and reporting, data mining, and cleaning. Acknowledging the utility of big data science and predictive analytic in public health surveillance, the possibility of training a public health dentist in big data science should be explored. Being an only speciality in dentistry which has biostatistics as one of its core tools, dental public health can be related to big data science. Bringing a change in the curriculum to explore the young graduates in this upcoming field can be a value addition to get competencies and pave way to entry into world of big data science.
Big data; Electronic health records; Biostatistics; Health care; Public health
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