Introduction to Data for Health Research

Introduction to Data for Health Research Overview

The one-day Introduction to Data for Health Research event is designed to develop the knowledge base related to the use of data for health research. At the end of the one-day program, learners should be able to:

  1. Employ a common understanding of databases and the context of these databases within the Alberta healthcare system
  2. Describe the key considerations of ethics for use of health data in Alberta
  3. Explain how health data research fits within the patient-oriented research approach 
  4. Identify the important considerations for defining study population and variables, including justification of inclusion and exclusion criteria
  5. Identify key features of machine learning and artificial intelligence and their potential for use with health data for research


This event is designed for professionals in the health research system that have an interest in developing knowledge about the use of health data in research. This program may be ideal for clinicians, clinician researchers, graduate students, early career analysts, or others with an interest in the use of health data to answer clinical research questions.


The course is designed to introduce key topics in health data for research. Provincial experts will present on topics that provide introductory knowledge and utilize Alberta-specific examples. Attendees will have time to ask questions of each presenter.


This one-day session is held as a conference-style event.


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Attendees may claim a maximum of 5.75 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

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