Every piece of data tells a story. 

This program will prepare you to tell that story. Learn a broad array of techniques to analyze and interpret health data through online discussions, assignments and practical data analysis applications. Each course in the program introduces relevant analytical approaches—addressing their strengths and limitations—and provides you with the knowledge and evaluation tools to discern how best to apply them in practice.

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Program description

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. Subject matter and related skill development covered in our PHDA courses support professional development in many key core competency domains as identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada.

The multidisciplinary focus of the program attracts a diverse cross-section of health and social science professionals seeking to update their skills and knowledge or learn new analytic techniques. Our students bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with their online colleagues, supporting a rich, practice based learning environment.

This non-credit professional specialization certificate program is offered in partnership with Population Data BC and the University of Victoria Department of Geography.

Free webinar

Join us Nov. 21 for a free 30-minute webinar where we will introduce you to our online Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA) professional specialization certificate program.

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Program Features

  • Graduate students enrolled in a related academic program can broaden their knowledge base by taking one of our specialized courses for potential elective credit.
  • Masters graduates can gain new analytic skills to enhance or redirect the focus of their specialization or career path.
  • Working health professionals can learn new software skills and upgrade applied techniques and knowledge for use with large datasets.
  • Managers and policy makers can benefit from learning new analytic approaches and sharing knowledge with colleagues in their related disciplines.
  • The program is exclusively online. This makes it possible to continue working while pursuing further education.
  • Instructors are diverse and qualified industry professionals who bring a practical high-level of knowledge to the theoretical learning.
  • The steering committee comprises academic professionals which ensures the curriculum meets theoretical and industry standards.

All courses include a balance of theory and practical work. In particular, the hands-on lab exercises and/or final project components address the practical analysis of administrative and survey data. They are key elements of student learning, comprehension and knowledge application.

Program Partners

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography


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2017 Award Winner

Category: Non-Credit Programing over 48 hours.

The CAUCE Program Awards are an annual competition held to recognize innovation and excellence for program development in continuing education.

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Who is this program for?

The PHDA program is designed to meet the needs of professionals in population and public health (and related social science disciplines) including:

  • analysts
  • policy makers
  • researchers who are seeking education and professional development in advanced population health analysis.

PHDA students represent a wide scope of academic backgrounds from Masters degrees in Population and Public Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Studies, Statistics, Sociology, Kinesiology and Biomedical Communications to PhD’s in Medicine, Psychology, Geography, Biostatistics and International Health.

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Data Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Manager of Health Information/Analysis
  • Health Informatics professional
  • Health Information Administrator
  • Health Programs Evaluator

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Courses & fees

Courses open for registration

Program planning

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see our upcoming offerings, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions

Graduation information

For students that have completed the program, graduation forms are available: Application to graduate (online form) | PDF

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $120.00
Three required courses ($1,250 per course: $1,400 per course for non-certificate students) $3,750.00
One elective course $1,250.00
Data access fee ($125 per course) $500.00
One-time secure ID token $100.00
Graduation fee $40.00
Estimated Total $5,760.00*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

In order to be accepted into this program, prospective students must have:

  • an undergraduate degree; and
  • two years working experience in the field of Public Health OR a combination of education and experience and approval from the Chair of the Steering Committee; and
  • successful completion of an introductory statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level

Students will receive a transcript identifying their marks from the Division of Continuing Studies. Those who successfully complete the program requirements will be granted a professional specialization certificate by the University of Victoria.

How to apply

Whether you are applying to complete the Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis or wish to take one or two courses for Professional Development, please complete the online application form and provide the required supporting documentation.

Professional Development

You may complete a maximum of two courses without completing all requirements for the certificate. You must also submit an application with supporting documentation in order to complete courses for professional development. There is an additional course cost for professional development registrations.

Exemption Requests

Individuals may only request an exemption from PHDA02 Epidemiological Statistics or PHDA03 Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Applicants must provide proof of successful completion of related coursework—including relevant course outline(s)—in epidemiology and/or Population Health and GIS.

 

 

 

Application dates

Starting in
January 2019
Availability
Accepting Applications
Apply by
Jan. 2, 2019
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