Data Interpretation for Public Health Professionals
Do you find the thought of interpreting public health data intimidating? This narrated, one-hour module 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 module is for you.
This hour-long course provides public health professionals with an introduction to data interpretation. The examples and interactive exercises in this module offer opportunities to increase your skills in presenting data to co-workers, community-based organizations, hospitals, public agencies, boards of health, and the general public. When available, Idaho-specific examples have been used. When not available, U.S. national examples are used.
This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.
If you’ve ever looked at terms such as confidence interval or p-value and wondered what they meant, this module is for you.
Objectives for Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, you will be better able to:
- List at least three common data sources used to character- ize the 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 the mean, median, mode, confidence interval, and p-value
- Read and interpret tables and graphs
- Determine the appropriate format for data presentation
Janet Baseman, MPH, PhD
Faculty, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; Epidemiologist, University of Washington Center for Public Health Informatics, Seattle; Epidemiologist, Kitsap County Health District.
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