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BU Debuts First All-Digital Winter Institute

In January, Boston University School of Public Health’s (BUSPH) lifelong learning initiative, Population Health Exchange, will offer PHX Winter Institute 2019 as its first digital-only continuing education program. Similar to the PHX Summer Institute, the PHX Winter Institute will offer an array of short, immersive programs open to professionals of all sectors and fields — but these programs can be completed entirely online, with no need to trek through frigid conditions to attend class.

The PHX Winter Institute will offer three programs in which participants of all public health levels can gain career-enhancing skills, from data analysis to the development of evidence-based interventions.

The first program, “Engage and Inspire Your Audience with Story Maps,”is a one-day workshop in which participants can learn how to showcase data and maps with multimedia content to assess disease surveillance, public safety, and other public health issues. The class will be taught by Mr. T. Scott Troppy, a surveillance epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) with ArcMAP” is a one-day introductory mapping workshop for GIS users who will learn how to communicate data with mapping, and develop geographical datasets and spatial data presentation. Dr. Kevin Lane, associate professor of environmental health at BUSPH, will lead the course.

The third program, “Essentials of Biostatistics with JMP®”, is an eight-week non-credit course that offers a comprehensive introduction to the use of biostatistics in public health. Participants will compute and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics using SAS JMP®, and they will also study confidence intervals, probability, and linear and logistic regression. The program contains self-paced lessons with video, interactive activities, and weekly live office hours with instructor Dr. Lisa Sullivan, associate dean for education and professor of biostatistics at BUSPH.

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