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Harvard University

Data Analysis for Life Sciences

Harvard University via edX Professional Certificate


Technological advances have transformed fields that rely on data by providing a wealth of information ready to be analyzed. From working with single genes to comparing entire genomes, biomedical research groups around the world are producing more data than they can handle and the ability to interpret this information is a key skill for any practitioner. The skills necessary to work with these massive datasets are in high demand, and this series will help you learn those skills.

Using the open-source R programming language, you’ll gain a nuanced understanding of the tools required to work with complex life sciences and genomics data. You’ll learn the mathematical concepts — and the data analytics techniques — that you need to drive data-driven research. From a strong foundation in statistics to specialized R programming skills, this series will lead you through the data analytics landscape step-by-step.

Taught by Rafael Irizarry from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, these courses will enable new discoveries and will help you improve individual and population health. If you’re working in the life sciences and want to learn how to analyze data, enroll now to take your research to the next level.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Statistics and R

An introduction to basic statistical concepts and R programming skills necessary for analyzing data in the life sciences.

Course 2: Introduction to Linear Models and Matrix Algebra

Learn to use R programming to apply linear models to analyze data in life sciences.

Course 3: Statistical Inference and Modeling for High-throughput Experiments

A focus on the techniques commonly used to perform statistical inference on high throughput data.

Course 4: High-Dimensional Data Analysis

A focus on several techniques that are widely used in the analysis of high-dimensional data.


Taught by

Rafael Irizarry and Michael Love


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