The Power of Data in Health and Social Care

Learn up-to-date skills for individuals and public and private organisations in health and care data analytics.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Harness the power of data to improve and develop health and social care services

Data can be powerful in health and social care. It can be used to develop new services, influence strategies, inform budget decisions and optimise processes and policy.

On this course you’ll learn how to make the most of data. Find out what data should be gathered, best practices around data governance, what tools and techniques will help you manage and analyse data, and how to work collaboratively with data scientists and digital teams.

Using real world case studies you’ll gain practical experience of that you can use in your own work to create sustainable health and social care services.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWhy do we collect data? What can you do with your data now? What would you like to be able to do with your data in the future? How can working with data save lives? Improve life expectancies? And make us happier? What are the necessary methods, and tools, to make better use of data? How do you plan, organise, and manage data usefully, according to up-to-date governance, and data-sharing legislation? The Power of Data in Health and Social Care

What topics will you cover?

The course is designed to equip participants with the ability to understand, communicate and manage:

  • The value of data science and analytics for improving health and care service design and provision
  • Data Collection, Preparation and Management
  • Data Analytics Methods and Tools and their practical uses
  • Ethics and Information governance considerations including GDPR guidance
  • How to generate and communicate meaningful insight from analytics

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the value of data science and analytics for improving health and care service design and provision
  • Apply key techniques for Data Collection, Preparation and Management
  • Describe Data Analytics Methods and Tools and their practical uses in health and social care
  • Apply ethical and information governance considerations
  • Produce and communicate meaningful insight from data analytics

Who is the course for?

The course is for frontline, middle and senior management staff working in the health and care sectors. The course will also be suitable for students, academics and industry suppliers of services and systems to healthcare.

What software or tools do you need?

Participants will need access to Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel.

Who will you learn with?

Steven Revill

Steven Revill

CEO of UrbanTide, specialists in making Smart Data through better sharing, analysing and visualisation. I believe that data offers huge opportunities that society will benefit from if we do it well.

Marilyn Lennon

Marilyn Lennon

Senior lecturer in digital health and care for over 20 years. Passionate about creating technology that people want, can use, and that improve people's lives. Director for MSc. in Digital Health.

Who developed the course?

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, committed to useful learning.

The Data Lab

The Data Lab is Scotland’s innovation centre for data and AI. We foster innovation through collaboration, build skills and grow talent, and champion Scotland’s data science community.


UrbanTide provide specialist consultancy on open data, smart cities and smart city projects for a range of public and private sector organisations.


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