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The Power of Data in Health and Social Care

University of Strathclyde , UrbanTide and The Data Lab via FutureLearn


Harness the power of data to improve health and social care services

Using data well can be a powerful tool 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 discover the principles of healthcare data analytics. Discover best practices around data governance, tools to 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 the link between health and data science, that you can use to create more sustainable health and social care services.

This course is for frontline, middle and senior management staff working in the health and care sectors, including the 3rd sector.

Students, academics and industry suppliers of services and systems to healthcare will also find this course valuable.

Participants will need access to Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel.


  • The role of data in the Health and Care Sector in Scotland
    • Welcome to the course
    • The easy stuff - data fundamentals
    • What others have done - examples and case studies
    • Making it work - better care and saving money
    • End of week tasks
  • Data in Practice
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Basics - advice on how its done
    • Getting to grips - solving problems with data
    • Now what? - doing something useful with your new knowledge
    • End of week summary
  • Data Science 101
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Basics
    • Starting data science
    • Detailed techniques
    • Give it a go
    • End of week summary

Taught by

Steven Revill


3.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 15 ratings

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