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Associate Director of Data Science & Analytics

Michelle Song is the Associate Director of Data Science & Analytics in Abacus Evaluation, within the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER). Michelle leads the data management, analysis, visualization and overall data system design solutions for Abacus projects and contributes to the infrastructure of data needs for projects within CHER. Prior to UNC-Chapel Hill, Michelle was a Technical Advisor with the Data Science, Impact, and Learning team at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and a leading global health organization. She has over 12 years of experience in data systems and use across domestic and international health systems and public health programs to improve health outcomes. She has designed and implemented economic and program evaluations for health systems, advocacy strategies, and improvement of internal operations. Michelle earned her MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and executive education Certificates in Business Communication and Management Development from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Her health and non-health sector experience create a unique perspective from which to understand complex systems, how to make data work for the people who collect and manage it, and how to communicate clear messages data can contain. Her current work focuses on bringing data analytics and visualization to research and evaluation that is furthering the goal of improving health outcomes and equity.


Portrait of Michelle Song. Michelle is a white woman with long brown hair. She is wearing a green patterned blouse and silver earrings and smiling in front of a building.