The Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA), offered in partnership with Population Data BC and the University of Victoria, Department of Geography, will give you the skills and knowledge you need to get ahead in your career. Complete four courses to earn a Certificate conferred by the University of Victoria or take up to two courses for professional development. These fully online, non-credit courses can help you take your career to the next level. Apply today!

To learn more about the PHDA program and its courses, please join us for a free 30-minute PHDA Orientation Webinar:

  • Understand the value of a professional specialization certificate
  • Become familiar with the key training components of the PHDA program
  • Learn about the program’s strengths and benefits from PHDA graduates
  • Find out if the PHDA program is right for you -via Q & A time
  • Gain related free data analytic resources to support your educational goals
  • Individuals who complete the webinar will be eligible for a 50% discount in the program application fee


Webinar sessions will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 10:00 am PT. Register today for one of these informative sessions!

The following courses will run from September to Decenber 2018:


PHDA 01: Working with Administrative Data

This course examines the basics of what administrative data are:

  • where they come from
  • how they can be used for research
  • what the data produced for research projects look like
  • the skills needed to work with them
  • basic statistical analysis of these data

This course also provides an overview of ethics and privacy issues related to research uses of administrative data.

PHDA 04: Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection

This course provides an introduction to methods in spatial epidemiology and outbreak detection. The focus is on application rather than theory: this is not a course in spatial statistics.

The course is structured sequentially to move from spatial exploration of health data, to quantifying spatial patterns and clusters, to spatial exposure assessment and, finally, to methods for assessing risk.

Broadly, the spatial epidemiology part of the course focuses on:

  • assessing exposures through the use of a geographical information system (GIS)
  • conducting small area health studies (ecological models)
  • incorporating spatial parameters into models for individual health analyses.

The outbreak detection part of the course focuses on visualization of spatial data, disease surveillance and the use of spatial scan statistics in cluster detection.

Prerequisites: Epidemiological Statistics (PHDA02) and Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (PHDA03) or proven proficiency in both areas.


PHDA 01 is a required courses for the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis, and PHDA 04 is an elective course.  PHDA 01 requires students to be within Canada for the duration of the course. PHDA 04 is available internationally.

Check out what our students have to say about our award-winning* program and these courses:

Act now! Registration is open for Fall courses until August 20, 2018, space permitting.  Please allow enough time for us to process your application and review your supporting documents before the registration deadline.

For more information, including program and course pre-requisites, completion requirements, course descriptions, student testimonials, fee breakdowns, or to apply for the program, please visit


*The Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) honoured the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis program with an award recognizing excellence in University Continuing Education programs in Canada in the category of Non-Credit Programming Over 48 Hours in June 2017. 


  • Posted Feb. 19, 2018