This project is a 6-week cohort training and development program, providing a guided pathway for public health information professionals to acquire data literacy skills, particularly those supporting data science and analytics using common methodology applied toward public health efforts. Program participants may originate from any library type, as long as they will be improving public health using the skills they will learn through the program. This cohort of information professionals will attend an in-person two-day data immersion camp to develop competencies with common data tools e.g., ArcGIS and Tableau and programming languages e.g., R and Git. Following this training, members of the cohort will engage with continued online instruction that covers sources of public health data and statistics, intermediate and advanced use of data tools and their applied use in public health research, and best practices in presenting data effectively. Throughout the program, the cohort will work collaboratively with mentors professionals currently engaged in the work the participants are learning to complete a major component of an individually selected research project. Participants will be mentored to publish their findings in an official presentation, article, blog, or other professional distribution/publication.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Texas at Arlington - Library

Organization Type
Academic institution
Project Lead

Peace Ossom Williamson

Start Date
October 10, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
Library or Information Professional
Adults (19-64 yrs.)