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Program Overview

There is a substantial need among health professionals to learn in a formal and structured manner the statistical methods and computer programming skills necessary to organize and analyze health-related data, especially data collected for a specific purpose or readily available in national surveys. Designed for working professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Analysis (GC-Health Data Analysis) emphasizes statistical methods and the computer programming skills required to manage and analyze health data sets. The program consists of select quantitative analysis courses that provides students with the tools necessary to improve their data analysis skills and advance their professional careers.

The GC-Health Data Analysis strict focus on health data applications allow students to master  the material sufficient to improve their understanding of health data management and analysis which can further their professional careers. By addressing statistical survey techniques and software, the programs covers the basic statistics and programming concepts which are the foundation of management and analysis of health data, opening doors to students who lack a sophisticated statistical coursework or have no experience with computer programming.

The GC-Health Data Analysis has 12-credit, four-course curriculum that includes statistics, data management, and data analytics. The program can be completed in as little as twelve months of continuous study while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. Upon completion, students can apply health care data analysis and skills in a practical setting, demonstrate effective problem-solving, time management, and critical thinking skills, and communicate findings with a wide variety of audiences.

The GC-Health Data Analysis features online instruction which offers greater flexibility and increased opportunity to tailor learning that accommodates personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers online content through easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

Academic Program Director Contact Information

The GC-Health Data Analysis is offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. The program bridges the gap between the limited quantitative skills of prospective employees and the advanced quantitative skills required in the health care sector by offering a formalized curriculum that emphasizes quantitative skills specifically required in the health care sector. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Jamie Trevitt
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
2234 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2611

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