Marrying Design, Statistics, and Analytics: How to Design Health Data Visualizations that Work

Lisa Sullivan, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Professor of Biostatistics, BUSPH

Amanda Makulec, MPH, Managing Consultant & Data Visualization Lead, Excella Consulting

On Campus 20 Hours June 11-13, 2018 Registration Closed

Program Description

With the explosion of data available at one’s fingertips, there is a growing need to transform raw data into meaningful information that can be used by decision makers.  In this program we learn proper data visualization techniques to clearly communicate data and statistical results. This ensures our public health data doesn’t sit in long PDF reports, but is readily accessible to those who need it most to affect positive change.

In this workshop, we walk through four critical steps to developing quality visual content:

  • Understanding your audience;
  • Identifying your data story;
  • Developing your visualization;
  • Packaging your content for dissemination

Hands-on practice and discussion will center on understanding when and how to use text, tables and figures to communicate data and statistical results and developing new skills rooted in best practices of information design. Blending knowledge and resources from biostatistics, communications, user-centered design, and years of practical experience, the workshop provides skill building relevant for monitoring and evaluation, communications, and program management practitioners, and data enthusiasts across the public health field.


Participants will learn to:

  • Determine when data and statistical results are best displayed in text, tables, and figures;
  • Identify key design features of effective tables and figures;
  • Create tables and figures to effectively display data and statistical results;
  • Apply sound statistical principles in all manners of communicating data and statistical results

Intended Audience

Anyone who uses data or information for action

Required knowledge/pre-requisites

A basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint are necessary to be successful in the course.

Discounts available—visit our FAQs page to learn more.

Low-cost, on-campus housing is also available. Contact us for more information.

The information from the course clearly reflected current practices in the public health field - that made it seem much more exciting and relevant

Summer Institute 2017 Participant

Program Details

On Campus 20 Hours June 11-13, 2018

- Monday, 9:00am-4:00pm
- Tuesday, 9:00am-4:00pm
- Wednesday, 9:00am-3:00pm