Data Analysis Basics: Variables and Distribution (FOCUS, Volume 3.5)
Length: 40 minutes
This issue of FOCUS will take you through the basic steps of descriptive data analysis including understanding variables, basic coding principles and simple univariate data analysis.
These trainings are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital, and other professionals interested in public health preparedness and field epidemiology. The periodicals and supplemental material are created by doctoral students and graduates of the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology and reviewed by UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty and topic experts.
- Define different types of variables.
- Describe methods for data coding and data cleaning.
- Discuss univariate data analysis methods for categorical and continuous variables.
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1|
|Assist in definition of database requirements, if indicated (I.E.1)|
|Maintain databases (I.E.2)|
|Conduct analysis of data (I.F.2)|
|Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 2|
|Define database requirements, if indicated (I.E.1)|
|Manage databases (I.E.2)|
|Conduct analysis of data (I.F.2)|
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|3) Generates variables that measure public health conditions (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|9) Interprets quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 1: Conduct public health surveillance and detection|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|2.5. Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.|
US Census Bureau. Educational Attainment in the United States: 2003---Detailed Tables for Current Population Report, P20-550 (All Races). Available at: http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/education/cps2003.html. Accessed December 11, 2006.
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
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