Population Health Data Analysis

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

It is these needs that population health data analysis addresses.

Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA)

This one-of-a-kind certificate, offered in partnership with Population Data BC and the UVic Department of Geography, 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.

Each course combines theory with practice by:

  • introducing relevant analytical approaches
  • addressing their strengths and limitations
  • providing you with the knowledge and evaluative tools to discern how best to apply them in practice

The courses are structured in a way that helps you gain an understanding of data requirements, data formats and the appropriate choice of analytic methods.


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

Courses open for registration

Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis

This non-credit professional specialization certificate program 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.
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Certificate in General Studies

This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.
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Ministers announce major research investment to improve health care for patients in BC The Honourable Jane Philpott, Canada’s Minister of Health, and Terry Lake, British Columbia’s Minister of Health have announced a major investm

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PHDA: Building your Data Analysis Toolkit

In today’s world, the rapid expansion of big data, data networks, and related apps is changing the way we view and think about our society...

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Find your Happy Place...

When does a space become a place? There are a myriad of small open spaces and buildings throughout towns and cities across Canada that offer places for play, walking, social gathering, and contemplation that are not official parks or community centers: boulevard gardens, empty lots turned dog walking spot, or commercial store front used as a gathering space after hours. These are but a few examples of how space becomes place in the context of local residents and the type of information Statistics Canada is trying to gather in its newly launched crowd-sourcing initiative.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Looking to learn something new this summer? Look no further than Continuing Studies at UVic.

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Brent Parker

I learned about the PHDA program while pursuing work at the BC Cancer Agency. It was good timing, as I wasn’t sure about my professional development plans for that year.

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Maxine Reitsma, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-6477
Email maxiner@uvic.ca
Charene Cranston, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8481
Email ccransto@uvic.ca