While the promise of “Big Data” is debatable, the skills needed to use it are not. With increasing government funding of Big Data initiatives, every academic seems to be an expert these days irrespective of their training or lack thereof in math, statistics, information systems, programming, etc. Maybe students should take some epidemiology, programming, informatics, advanced statistics courses before proclaiming them Big Data savvy. For example, take a look at the PhD curriculum for nursing at Emory
I am writing a piece that examines the Big Data related training of primary care clinicians and public health professionals at the graduate level. Stay tuned.