Data now fuels decision-making in almost every sector of our society. As a result, interest in data-intensive science is growing rapidly as opportunities to explore this expanding resource source abound. A new and related area of interest for social science researchers is highlighted in a recent article: Population Data Science: The Science of data about people. While related to the fields of data science and informatics, it focuses more broadly on data use for positive impact on individuals and populations. It also sees real value in “analyzing data from multiple sources, identifying population-level insights and developing safe, privacy-sensitive and ethical infrastructures to support research.”
Many foundational skills associated with this type of research are key to working with administrative data. It is commonly derived from administrative systems that collect data within governmental agencies for the purposes of registration, transaction and record keeping such as medical records, census information and insurance claims.
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 ability to affectively use administrative data opens the door to studying all kinds of important research questions – the course emphasizes hands-on training so you’ll learn the skills to apply key methods in your work afterwards”
- Posted June 14, 2019