Statistical Foundations


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Who should attend

  • Professionals in any industry who need to communicate and interpret data
  • Business managers utilizing analytics or benchmarking and comparison
  • Professionals from any business function
  • Government workers engaged in policy analysis
  • Healthcare professionals

About the course

In today’s data-driven world, you can’t afford to be the only one at the table who lacks analytical knowledge.

This certificate program will familiarize you with basic statistical concepts and terminology that will help you become a better reader and producer of meaningful data reports for your business. You will learn how to evaluate statistical summaries and apply critical tools to assess their validity. You will practice creating the most effective graphic presentation for your reports. As part of this certificate, you will explore a variety of statistical tests and learn how to choose the right test for your needs. Finally, you will have an opportunity to experiment with more complex reporting tools and apply them to interpret real-world data.

You’ll come away from the program with a more analytical mindset and increased confidence to work with data and data analysts to drive performance and decision-making in your organization.

For the optimal experience, it is strongly recommended that you complete these courses in sequential order.


Interpreting and Communicating Data

This course aims to make statistical analysis approachable and practical, as you learn how to read and interpret statistical reports in a business environment, and how to communicate statistical results to stakeholders. First, you will practice assessing the statistical components and representations of statistical results in a case study. You will then identify the appropriate method and conduct a summary analysis of a data set. Finally, you will prepare an executive summary of the key statistical points identified through your analysis and create a narrative summary with supporting graphics.

Using Statistical Tests to Make Decisions

In this course, you will practice making informed decisions based on statistical results. You will be introduced to the techniques you will use to view statistical tests critically and recognize the limitations of statistical conclusions. Next, you will examine statistical reports in order to identify the underlying research question. You will then use these insights to compare tests and rate their validity. Finally, you will prepare a report for stakeholders, providing recommendations based on your interpretation of statistical results.

Applying Statistical Tests

Choosing the most appropriate statistical test to answer your research questions will affect every aspect of your report. This course will focus on identifying the right test for your question. You will explore the relationship between the data set and the results obtained through statistical tests. You will practice writing a memo to your data analyst specifying the appropriate statistical test to answer your question. In selecting your testing methods, you will also consider the ethical implications of the test results.

Making Predictions With Data Models

Making statistical predictions based on real-world data is complex and requires a more rigorous statistical model. In this course, you will learn to apply multivariate regression statistical models to make predictions. First, you will identify the variables that best explain your results and define the relationships between dependent and independent variables. You will then practice identifying and interpreting the results of a multiple regression model and making predictions based on that model.

Key course takeaways

  • Evaluate sample summary statistics and graphic representations of variables and their relationships
  • Make informed decisions based on statistical results
  • Choose the right statistical test for the question you’re asking
  • Apply and interpret real-world data in regression models to make predictions about new situations


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Liz Karns is an epidemiologist and lawyer. Her research interests involve worker health and safety, ethical responsibilities in the conduct data analysis, and the economic consequences of sexual assault and harassment. Her practice has ranged from individual juvenile clients large multi-national ...

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