Data Visualization to Inform Public Health Decision Making


Timothy Huerta, PhD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University

Course Description:

Public health and policy decision makers require current, accurate information to do their jobs well. It’s not enough to have access to volumes upon volumes of data. These raw data must be distilled down into easily consumed packets of information. One way to accomplish this is through the use of data visualization — at its simplest, the synthesis of the bytes and bits of raw data, from one or a variety of sources, into charts, graphs, maps and other visual communication tools that uncover hidden relationships, communicate information and inform action. This lab-based workshop will present concepts of effective visual communication, reinforced with hands-on exercises using data visualization tools like Tableau and Microsoft Excel.