With data, data everywhere, it makes you pause to think …

Date posted: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

Population Data holds 5 billion records on BC’s 4.6 million residents, and that’s just a drop in the ocean.

The potential of using existing healthcare data – big data – as a driver of knowledge and innovation is well recognized.  Health Professionals and researchers armed with the skills and knowledge to use these data will be in high demand, as efforts to inform health-related policy-making for the well-being and safety of our communities continues to expand worldwide.

There are many individuals working in the area of population and public health who have limited or no experience using administrative data.  The Working with Administrative Data course, offered in partnership by Population Data BC, the University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Geography serves this need.  The course allows researchers, graduate students and a wide range of interdisciplinary health professionals to broaden their understanding and analytic skills with hands on experience using administrative data.

Kim Nuernberger is a specialist in population health surveillance and epidemiological studies using administrative data and the instructor for the Working with Administrative Data course this September.  “I have been using administrative data to gain insight into health and health services research for many years and I’m excited to share this knowledge and passion for health data analysis with my student colleagues.”

The specialized, fully-online course balances theory with hands-on data analysis in a Secure Research Training Lab. For Nuernberger one of the highlights of the course is working with students as they develop practical research projects that develop the skills necessary for applying administrative data analysis to questions of health program planning. Past projects have ranged from examining the impact of geography on access to specialized surgeries to exploring research questions and drafting policy briefs about primary health care utilization among persons with mental health diagnoses.

“Because so many of the students who apply to the PHDA program are skilled professionals, the course provides a rich learning environment including online discussion and collaborative analytic work. Students commonly report that the course is highly practical, applicable to their work and provides useful opportunities to network with other health professionals across Canada,” says Nuernberger.

“Whether students want to learn new analytic skills in SAS for expanding research projects or simply become more familiar with data analysis as a manager of an analytic team, this course has a lot to offer.” 

To enroll and learn more about this course and the full suite of online certificate courses within the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA program) please visit: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/PHDA

To learn more about what our students are saying about their program experience visit: https://www.popdata.bc.ca/etu/testimonials/PHDA

This fully online, non-credit program is offered as a partnership between Population Data BC, the University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Geography.


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