This course is designed to improve data literacy among front-line health care workers. It will equip you with knowledge and skills in using data to improve health services and will build your understanding of the meaning of data, the importance of data quality, and how to analyse and use data for quality improvement. In understanding all aspects of data, you’ll be in a better position to use data and information to enhance your work with the health system.

Course modules include: 

  • Module 1: Importance of Data, Measurement, and Performance in Public Health (3.25 hours)
  • Module 2: Basic Numeracy in Health Care (3 hours)
  • Module 3: Using Data for Quality Improvement (2.5 hours)
  • Module 4: Health Information Systems and Data Management (3.5 hours)

This distance learning course is available in two comparable formats: elearning and paper-based. There are five modules, and you can earn a certificate for the entire course. The modules include interactive and practical learning exercises, realistic vignettes, case studies, and quizzes for self-assessment. Each module also has a pre- and post-test. The overall contact time for this course is approximately 12 hours.

Intended audience: 

The intended audience includes front-line health sector personnel based within local health facilities and within health districts. The course is suitable for cadres including primary care nurses, clinic managers, data capturers, community health workers, and outreach team leaders. It can be used by anyone who would like to improve their understanding and use of data within the health system.