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Data Analytics

Data analytics is used to help individuals and organizations improve their performance and decision making. In these courses, you will learn to compile, manipulate and evaluate data to form effective data collections. You will gain experience with data management and modelling by documenting and presenting data into charts, tables and graphs. Your analytical skills and data visualization will reach a new level by using software applications such as Excel, Tableau and GIS, and programming languages such as Python, R and JavaScript.

Data analytics programs  

We offer several programs focusing on data analytics skills that span multiple sectors. 

Solve real life business problems.

We offer the Micro-certificate in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA). This program focuses on the technical foundations and specialized skills needed to analyze patterns and trends in different data types, and to make informed decisions. The program is designed to provide you with valuable and sought-after skills in data analysis that will help you to identify opportunities and prepare you to become a specialist in this growing field, no matter the industry you work in.

Make an impact on public health.

We all want to be (and stay) healthy—we want to maintain a healthy environment, healthy people and healthy communities. The study of population health data helps us do this. There's a need for trained professionals who:

  • understand the intricacies of population health data
  • have the tools to accurately examine, analyze and test health data
  • realize the importance of this work in both informing and advancing positive health outcomes within our society

The Micro-certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA) fills a gap in the present training needs for those working in the field of epidemiology, population health and statistical analysis. The four-course, online certificate program will give you strong foundational knowledge and data analysis skills to support your work within the health and social services sector. To learn more about this program, join us for a FREE webinar.

Soar to new perspectives with drones.

The Micro-certificate in Mapping with Drones will give you essential skills for a wide range of industries and hands on experience with new advanced technology.

Drone technology is an emerging skillset in many Earth monitoring fields as it can accurately, quickly, and inexpensively map and survey a diverse range of landscapes. You can use drones to create analysis for forestry, conservation, real estate, construction, mining, emergency management, energy, agriculture and transportation use.

This program will show you how drones and open-source software can perform small drone-based data collection for creating digital 3D and 2D topographical maps.

Data Analytics courses

You can take up to two PHDA courses for professional development, before applying to the program. 

Most other courses courses under this topic can be taken either individually or can be applied towards the BIDA, Advanced BIDA, the Micro-certificate in Mapping with Drones, the Certificate in Business Administration or the Diploma in Business Administration. Please review the program and course prerequisites carefully. 


Courses open for registration

Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

This micro-certificate provides you with the tools, plans and methods to help you give value and meaning to data, and guide you and your organization to success.
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Essential Skills for Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

This fully funded, short micro-credential will give people who are looking to upskill or reskill a competitive edge in the labour market by becoming become proficient in the fundamentals of business intelligence and data analytics.
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LiDAR Fundamentals for Climate Change Risk Analysis

LiDAR is a remote sensing survey method that facilitates 3D mapping of the Earth’s surface including urban and rural topography. This program equips learners to use and analyze LiDAR data for developing critical information towards mitigating the impacts of climate change.
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Mapping with Drones

Do you want to take your connection to our planet to new heights? Flying drones gives you the chance to navigate the Earth from above and reach new perspectives like never before.
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Population Health Data Analysis

The online Population Health Data Analysis program is designed for those who are seeking education and professional development in advanced population health analysis. The goal of the program is to provide participants with strong foundational knowledge and data analysis skills that can support their work within the field of population health.
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BIDA Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8944
Email bustech@uvic.ca
PHDA Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8481
Email phda@uvic.ca