Every piece of data tells a story.
This non-credit professional specialization certificate program is offered in partnership with Population Data BC and the University of Victoria Department of Geography. It is designed to meet the needs of professionals in population and public health (and related social science disciplines) including analysts, policy makers and researchers 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. 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.
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.
The benefits students realize from completing courses are multifaceted and diverse:
- 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 a unique opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills from many disciplines. 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.