Introduction to Health Science Statistics


Health statistics are used to understand risk factors for communities, track and monitor diseases, see the impact of policy changes, and assess the quality and safety of health care. This course introduces data analysis for public health, including the essential tools: descriptive statistics, statistical inference and the probability concepts on which these tools are based. Through online instruction, applied learning activities and assigned readings, you’ll learn how to identify appropriate statistical analyses to answer basic public health questions, analyze realistic datasets and provide a written interpretation of the results considering the original public health question. 

This course is ideal for anyone interested in working in the public health field, and it can be taken as part of the Public Health Certificate Program or as a standalone course.  

Learning Outcomes 

  • Explain the role of evidence for public health research, policy or practice. 
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context 
  • Analyze quantitative data using biostatistics and statistics software 
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice 

Skills You'll Gain 

  • Basic statistics software skills, including how to create common data visualizations.  
  • Data organization and analysis skills 
  • Research queries about groups 
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Course begins January 6th and ends March 21st, 2025. Weekly live session TBA.

Refund Deadline: January 13, 2025.  Refunds and/or enrollment transfers will not be approved after this date.


Enrollment Policies

View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers. 

Refund Deadline: 01/13/25

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page.


Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.


Enroll in all courses in the Public Health Certificate and receive a 10% discount.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.