Data Interpretation for Public Health Professionals
Do you find the thought of interpreting public health data intimidating? This narrated course introduces the terms used to describe the public's health and provides a basic competency in reading and presenting data. If you've ever looked at terms such as confidence interval or p-value and wondered what they meant, this course is for you. This is part of a nine-part series on epidemiology.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- List at least three common data sources used to characterize health or disease status of a community.
- Define and interpret basic epidemiology measures, such as prevalence, incidence, mortality, and case fatality.
- Define and interpret basic biostatistical measures, such as mean, median, confidence interval, and p-value.
- Read and interpret tables and graphs.
- Determine the appropriate format for data presentation.
Public health nurses, environmental health specialists, other front-line public health workers, and health educators who have not had epidemiological or statistical training but need to be able to read, interpret, and present public health data.
Web-based, Flash presentation. This online course has an audio narration and interactive exercises and scenarios. This course should take about 1.5 hours to complete.
Janet Baseman, PhD, MPH
University of Washington School of Public Health
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This online training course is audio narrated. A print version is available in the Supplemental Material section at the bottom of this page. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. To receive a print version of the quizzes in this course or any other difficulties, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to obtain a print copy of the audio narration before beginning the course, download the coursetranscript below.