Public Health 215D, 2016, fallUC Berkeley School of Public Health
Division of Epidemiology
Mondays 4pm--6pm, Valley Life Sciences 2030
Berkeley Academic Calendar: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/calendar
Course descriptionThis is an intensive one-semester introduction to the R programming language for applied epidemiology. This year we will be experimenting with a population health data science perspective. Population health is a systems framework for studying and improving the health of a population through collective action and learning. Data science is the art and science of transforming data into actionable knowledge. Population health data science is the art and science of transforming public health health data into actionable knowledge to improve population health. The key words are actionable knowledge. Traditionally, epidemiology has focused primarily on descriptive and explanatory (causal) methods. Data science extends this to include exploratory, predictive, and prescriptive methods.
The core of population health data science is the timely analysis and synthesis of data using programming and computing power. Fortunately for us we have R! R is a freely available, multi-platform (Linux, Mac OS, Windows, etc.), versatile, and powerful program for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org). This course will focus on core basics of organizing, managing, and manipulating population health data; basic population health applications; introduction to R programming; and basic R graphics. Students will complete and present a project in their field of interest.
Population Health Data Science
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