Statistics and Data Management in Occupational Health and Safety

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

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.
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.
This course has no prerequisites

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


Overall Schedule
Jan 7 — pre-class information opens

Students in this course section may have pre-class readings or assessments to complete.

Lecture/Class Schedule
Jan 14Jan 17




8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm


8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Jan 31 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Ryan Davis

Your Instructor

Ryan Davis

Class info
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 7, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* 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.

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

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

  • Offered now
  • Online delivery
  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

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