The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health Data Fluency, housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is part of a college-wide initiative to develop undergraduate data fluency skills for undergraduate students. This 16-credit hour certificate includes data ethics, data management, analysis, and the role of data in society to promote public health using data-driven insights.

Students who complete the certificate will gain new skills in directly working with public-use public health data, generating insights, and telling stories verbally, in writing, and with data visualizations using software. The certificate will be valuable for students pursuing public health concentrations, private sector health careers, and health social sciences with an emphasis in quantitative data analysis, providing them with a marketable credential in data synthesis and communication.

Learning Objectives:

  • Prepare undergraduate students with foundational skills in data management that are core competencies to contribute in the public and private sector workforce as an analyst or as a leader of an analyst team.
  • Identify and select data appropriate to an inquiry.
  • Conduct analysis and interpretation of data in a critical manner.
  • Communicate data-based insights.
  • Discuss what data are and the role of data in society.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical use of data.
  • Inspire discovery of data-driven graduate degree programs in the health sciences including epidemiology and biostatistics, sociology, journalism, business, and social work.
Student Testimonials

“The Public Health Data Fluency Certificate has taught me the importance of using data to solve problems and generate insights. This certificate has encouraged me to pursue a career where I am able to use my skills in data management and analysis. My career interests include healthcare consulting, healthcare informatics, and healthcare administration.”

Amelia Benson, Health Promotion major, Business minor

“I really enjoyed the data fluency certificate because I felt it gave me coding skills that I didn’t get with the College of Public Health at UGA. Most CPH students only get to alter prewritten code, with no support in learning how to clean data or compose statistical analysis. I hope to continue to use the skills from this certificate as I pursue graduate studies in epidemiology.”

Jacqueline Jordan, Health Promotion major

“The Data Fluency course work gave great practice on how to work with data in a professional setting. Learning how to use coding software made working with the data easy to jump into, even if you haven’t had a lot of experience working with data. I feel prepared to move into epidemiology with the skills I gained from these courses.”

Joshua Dunehew, Health Promotion major, Global Health minor

“I originally started the course sequence as someone with no prior knowledge of working with data and have completed the courses as someone who is now pursuing a career in Data Science. This experience created an interest in working with data that I had never anticipated coming from a healthcare background. I learned many skills that will make me an asset to any team that I become a part of, and I am confident that the skills I have attained by partaking in this opportunity will continue to create even more opportunities for me in the future.”

Ishita Gaikwad, Data Science major

As a student with little to no data skills entering the field of public health, I knew I needed to fill this gap. The College of Public Health Data Fluency Certificate was the perfect educational opportunity to gain these skills, and I couldn’t be more glad I took the courses!”

Julia Baumohl, Health Promotion major



Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligibility: Students can enter the certificate at any time in their academic career. To be successful in EPID 2100, students should have already taken a first-level Statistics Course (see list below).

  • BIOS 2010
  • STAT 2000
  • Equivalent Statistics Transfer Credit

How to Apply: Undergraduate students can change or add majors, minors, certificates, and areas of emphasis using the “My Programs” option in Athena.  If undergraduate students encounter an error when changing or adding a programs, they can contact [email protected] for assistance.

Core Course (10 hours)

Students will take three required core courses from the College’s Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. All certificate courses must be passed with a B or higher:

  • BIOS 2010, Elementary Biostatistics (4 hours)
  • EPID 2100, Health Data Literacy for Public Health Research and Practice (3 hours) – Offered Every Spring Semester
  • EPID 3100, Health Data Fluency and Management for Public Health Research and Practice (3 hours) – Offered Every Fall Semester
Elective Course (6 hours)

Only one following three interdisciplinary research methods courses may be used to fulfill certificate elective requirements:

  • EPID 4070  Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 hours)
  • INTL 4005  Social Experimentation Around the World (3 hours)
  • POLS 4150  Research Methods in Political Science (3 hours)

Additional elective options:

  • AAEC 4040-4040L  Statistics for Agribusiness Management (4 hours)
  • BINF(BCMB) 4005/6005  Essential Computing Skills for Biologists (2 hours)
  • BIOS 3000  Intermediate Biostatistics for Public Health Sciences (3 hours)
  • BIOS 3910  Directed Study in Biostatistics (1-3 hours)
  • BIOS 4960R  Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research I** (1-6 hours)
  • BTEC 3000  Ethics and Communication in Biotechnology (2 hours)
  • CSCI 1360  Foundations for Informatics and Data Analytics (4 hours)
  • CSCI 2725  Data Structures for Data Science (4 hours)
  • CSCI 3360  Data Science I (4 hours)
  • DIGI 2000  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Digital Humanities (1 hour)
  • GEOG 2011-2011L  Introduction to Geographic Information Science (3 hours)
  • GEOG 4300/6300  Data Science in Geography (3 hours)
  • GEOL 4530/6530-4530L/6530L  Principles and Environmental Applications of GIS (3 hours)
  • HPAM 4410  Introduction to Health Informatics and Analytics (3 hours)
  • INTL 4000, Research Design and Quantitative Analysis in International Affairs (3 hours)
  • MIST 2090 Introduction to Information Systems in Business (3 hours)
  • MIST 4000 Data Literacy in Business (3 hours)

**Other faculty-mentored data intensive, research course offerings with approval of certificate coordinator.