Statistics and Data Management in Occupational Health and Safety

This course will intro­duce stu­dents to sta­tis­tics and data man­age­ment, through a Health and Safe­ty pro­fes­sion­al’s per­spec­tive. The focus of the course includes an intro­duc­tion to basic units of mea­sure, sta­tis­ti­cal analy­sis, and how to present and inter­pret data visu­al­ly. Top­ics include: basic arith­metic and alge­bra­ic oper­a­tions; units of mea­sure­ment, basic sta­tis­ti­cal mea­sures; prob­a­bil­i­ty, sam­pling dis­tri­b­u­tion and con­fi­dence lev­els; exam­ples of per­for­mance mea­sures; and data dis­play and report­ing. The course includes spe­cif­ic and prac­ti­cal exam­ples of how each top­ic may be applied to occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty management.

Course at a glance
  • This is a blended (online + in-class) course; its online components are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Aimed at entry-level and practicing health and safety coordinators, professionals, officers, technicians, supervisors, trainers, management, and administrators.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe current trends in health and safety performance.
  • Classify types of data.
  • Measure central tendency in a data set.
  • Interpret summarized data in different types of charts (e.g. pie, histogram).
  • Measure confidence intervals.
  • Create visual reports with a given data set.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior completion of Introduction to Health and Safety Systems (EXOS 4620) and/or Management of Health and Safety Systems (EXOS 4621) is recommended for student success.
  • Although not a requirement for successfully completing the course, students are encouraged to use Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to practice activities and complete assignments.
  • Blended courses combine in-class and online activities; be sure to refer to your course schedule to learn more about when the class meets in person and when you’ll be completing work online.
  • Pre- and post-class activities are required as part of this course. Pre-class instructions and materials are available on eClass prior to the course start date; advanced registration is advised.
  • Reading materials: required and supplementary module readings are listed in the syllabus and in eClass.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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