Optimizing Local Health Department Data in Decision-making: An Overview of Research Terms and Meaning

Optimizing Local Health Department Data in Decision-making: An Overview of Research Terms and Meaning

Health data can tell a story.  This introductory module will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the story of concerns and opportunities related to substance use, abuse, and preventable deaths in the population you serve. The purpose of this module is to help decision-makers and public health officers to address public health problems with evidence.  Each learner will not only build their knowledge of research terms, but also will apply these terms to case studies.

Course Number: CN#DATA001
Target Audience: Public Health Officers
Instructor: Fadia T. Shaya, PhD, MPH; Kimberly Stinchcomb, MPH, CPH; and Savyasachi Shah, MPH, BDS
Course Details: View File (DATA001 Activity Announcement)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of descriptive statistics to your jurisdiction’s health data;
  2. Reflect on why variability matters in a population when examining substance use and abuse;
  3. Chart the variability in one select health variable in your jurisdiction;
  4. Distinguish between the use of dependent/independent ordinal/nominal variables, and continuous/discrete variables;
  5. Differentiate between a representative sample and a population; and
  6. Accurately identify the relationship between incidence and prevalence.

Your Instructor

Instructor Image for Fadia ShayaFadia T. Shaya, PhD, MPH
Professor and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

View Bio (Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH)


Instructor Image for Kimberly StinchcombKimberly Stinchcomb, MPH, CPH
Project Coordinator
Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Instructor Image for Savyasachi ShahSavyasachi Shah, MPH, BDS
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Technology Requirements

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Successful Completion: Learners must complete all audiovisual presentations, a test, and an activity evaluation. To successfully complete the test, learners must earn a score of 70% or higher and may attempt the test up to 3 times.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: In accordance with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Policy on Conflicts of Interest, presenters certify that they had no potential conflicts of interest while developing the materials for this program.

Use of Trade Names:  The trade names of the drugs and delivery systems in this module are for the purpose of product identification only. This activity does not intend to imply endorsement for any commercial products discussed.

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