Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Analysis and Interpretation of Public Health Data, Part 1

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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In the third 45-minute installment of the five-part series, Basic Concepts in Data Analysis for Community Health Assessment, we continue instruction on how to analyze and interpret data for public health purposes, begun in the preceding course.

Reviewers say, "The glossary is a great resource to have open during the training if you are unfamiliar with public health/ epidemiology terms" and " Objectives are good. Easy to navigate in the course."

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 


What You'll Learn

  • Explain the purpose of descriptive epidemiology and how it is used for assessment
  • Describe why rates are important in doing assessment
  • Name three kinds of rates
  • Describe the two types of summary measures
  • Explain the purpose of standardizing rates through age adjustment

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills
Data Analysis
Evidence-Based Decision Making

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Assess and monitor population health status, factors that influence health, and community needs and assets
Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health