Learning how to program in SAS statistical software is often one of the most frustrating and challenging experiences in public health graduate programs. Students are told that they need these skills to be successful in the job market, but it can be difficult to learn programming without a specific task to accomplish.
This course is designed with the practical application of SAS in mind. Students complete weekly assignments that utilize public use datasets and involve learning about and utilizing metadata to assess the quality of their data. Students are challenged by “real-world” issues such as missing data, unprocessed data, and receiving datasets in various file formats. We end the course by re-analyzing data from a published research study to answer hypotheses about a public health education intervention.