Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts

Essentials of Data Visualization for Public Health

This is an all levels course offering CPH, REHS, and RS — Free
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1.50 hours


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Learning about data visualization is crucial for public health students and professionals, as it enables them to effectively communicate complex data in a simple and understandable manner to a wide range of audiences. Students and professionals can highlight essential patterns, trends, and relationships that may be difficult to convey through text alone by visualizing data through graphs, charts, and maps. It facilitates better decision-making by policymakers and other stakeholders. It also helps in raising awareness among the general public about critical public health issues. Moreover, data visualization can be used to identify disparities and inequities in health outcomes, enabling public health professionals to develop targeted interventions and allocate resources more effectively. Overall, proficiency in data visualization is a vital skill for any public health student and professional who seeks to make meaningful contributions to improving public health outcomes.

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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

  • Name and describe common types of data projects
  • Select appropriate methods for starting and completing different data projects
  • Recognize common errors to avoid when working with data
  • Identify ways to pursue additional training based on current skills and goals

Competency Terms

Data Analysis

Related Occupations

Health Educator
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Investigate, diagnose, and address health problems and hazards affecting the population
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it