Introduction to Healthcare Analytics


With the increasing adoption of electronic health record systems, new forms of data are becoming available that can be used to measure healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes. In this introductory course designed for healthcare analysts and IT professionals, participants explore the value proposition for clinical intelligence and the role of analytics in supporting a data-driven healthcare system. Through video lectures, reading assignments, written assignments and discussion forums, students learn key concepts in measuring health system performance and leveraging analytics for health improvement. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the health care industry is changing, the drivers of change and the role of data analytics in supporting the transition from fee for service to value-based care
  • Assess clinical data structures supported by electronic health records, clinical equipment and other data sets
  • Describe how healthcare performance is measured according to existing quality frameworks
  • Discuss and contrast the various methods for comparing healthcare delivery across populations of patients
  • Analyze examples of clinical improvement projects and the impact of health analytics to decision-making and systems improvement

Skills You Will Gain

  • Clinical care processes
  • Health data analysis
  • Business intelligence
  • Methods of healthcare delivery
  • Decision making and problem solving

Download the syllabus for this course.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Course begins September 28 and ends December 7.

This is not a self-paced course. Students will progress through the course together. Course modules are released weekly, where lessons typically load on Wednesdays and are due the following Tuesdays. You can log in and work on courses at any time within that week to view lectures and complete assignments. The previous week's lesson will remain available for the duration of the course. If you enroll after the course start date, you will need to contact the instructor regarding missed lessons.

Enrollment Policies

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Candidates for the certificate are expected to have prior professional experience in a healthcare setting and familiarity with statistics.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page. Additional, program specific software and analytical tool requirements may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Section Course Materials

212HCA200 course reader

Course Reader from Ordering information will be sent one week prior to the start of class.

Healthcare Data Analytics: Primary Methods and Related Insights



Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.