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PHST 530: Data for Good

How can data be harnessed for good? This is a class about how to use analytics to help humanity, engage communities, improve nonprofit impacts, invest grant dollars strategically, and share data ethically and equitably with the producers of this treasured resource: everyday people. Students will hone their data literacy skills by learning to read a variety of data forms, understanding their significance for lessening complex social problems, and critically considering their unintended consequences. A key aspect of the course is attention to data visualization: the ability to tell compelling stories with data that improve society and help communities to flourish.