Data Scientist, Office for Provider Advancement – Telecommute

UnitedHealth Group
October 7, 2021
Atlanta, GA
Job Type


Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

The role of Data Scientist II, is a key role, responsible for the collection, analysis, presentation and publication of data, metrics and key performance indicators. In support of the quadruple aim and Optum Care’s mission, the Office for Provider Advancement (OPA) is seeking a Data Scientist that will work integrally with the pillar leads and other business units to deliver on key outcomes, driving patient and provider experience and experience. Some examples include:

  • Support collection, statistical analysis, presentation and publication of research studies
  • Help pull operational access standards from care delivery organization (CDO) sources for patient experience
  • Evaluate and analyze the data for manuscripts pertaining to burnout and teammate, provider and patient experience
  • Partner with Human Capital and UHG on provider survey analysis

Dependent upon interest, experience, and need, the Scientist may also have growth/development opportunities such as oversight of additional staff, quality monitoring or contributing to education and training. Reporting to the Senior National Medical Director, Chief of the OPA, this position sits in the Office for Provider Advancement (OPA) within Optum Care’s Clinical Performance. OPA focuses on making Optum Care the best place to work for the physicians and providers of the entire care team, ensuring they have what they need to deliver the best care possible to our patients. OPA’s work is determined through clinical governance and focuses on clinical outcomes research, physician/provider and patient experience, physician development and partnership, and an equitable, responsible culture. This position includes a variety of functions related to the general management and general business operations within the OPA.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Job Description:

  • Under the direction of the Chief of the Office for Provider Advancement (OPA), contribute to all phases of an analytics/health outcomes research project, including formulation, research, development, implementation, testing, and maintenance
  • Work integrally with OPA pillar leads and other business units to delivery on key business goals, outcomes and milestones:
    • Support collection, statistical analyses, presentation and publication of research studies
    • Collaborate with health care analytics on pulling data sources and performing interim analyses on disparate projects fulfilling several clinical priorities 
    • Evaluate and analyze the data for manuscripts pertaining to burnout and teammate, provider and patient experience
    • Partner with Human Capital and UnitedHealth Group on provider survey analyses
  • Use sophisticated computer software, such as databases and statistical packages, to analyze and solve problems. Use statistical software to simulate current and future events and evaluate alternative courses of action
  • Present findings to peers and data science/research leadership
  • Maintain an awareness of trends in the field and research and suggest new methodologies

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 3+ years of professional experience
  • Experience applying descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive statistics to real-world problems
  • Experience in general programming language, e.g., Python
  • Experience querying relational databases using SQL
  • Experience in statistical computing and graphics using RStudio

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS with 2+ years of professional experience
  • Degree in Statistics, Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, or related quantitative field
  • Experience with healthcare economics/science/product development
  • Understanding of one or more of the following:
    • Statistics: Generalized linear models, time series models, and forecasting techniques
    • Predictive Modeling: linear regression (ordinary least squares), logistic regression, ridge regression, time series, decision trees, neural networks, and episode treatment groups
    • Operations Research: Linear and mixed integer optimization and discrete event simulation
    • Machine Learning: Common supervised and unsupervised ML models, including decision trees, nearest neighbor models, and neural nets; and a standard ML library, e.g., scikit-learn, TensorFlow
  • Experience creating compelling data visualizations
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques
  • Solid problem-solving skills

UnitedHealth Group requires all new hires and employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Careers at OptumCare. We're on a mission to change the face of health care. As the largest health and wellness business in the US, we help 58 million people navigate the health care system, finance their health care needs and achieve their health and well-being goals. Fortunately, we have a team of the best and brightest minds on the planet to make it happen. Together we're creating the most innovative ideas and comprehensive strategies to help heal the health care system and create a brighter future for us all. Join us and learn why there is no better place to do your life's best work.(sm)

OptumCare is committed to creating an environment where physicians focus on what they do best: care for their patients. To do so, OptumCare provides administrative and business support services to both owned and affiliated medical practices which are part of OptumCare. Each medical practice part and their physician employees have complete authority with regards to all medical decision-making and patient care. OptumCare’s support services do not interfere with or control the practice of medicine by the medical practices or any of their physicians.

Colorado Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $64,800 to $116,000. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: OptumCare is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


OptumCare is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment

Job Keywords:  statistical analysis, Python, SQL, Statistics, Operations Research, Telecommute, Remote, Work from Home

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