Data Management and Data Analysis
De Silva, Sisira T.
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Health Informatics focuses on the application of computer information systems to health care and public health. A major focus of it is the support of information systems for reasoning, decision-making, and learning to support health care delivery, education, and management. The Health Informatics internship is an opportunity for the student to acquire on-the-job training at a health organization. The author fulfilled the internship requirement at the Population Health Research Unit (PHRU) located at Dalhousie University. Earlier course work laid the theoretical foundation for success in the health informatics field but the internship provided as setting for understanding how the theory can be applied in practice. Reinforcing the concept that health information must be constantly updated in order to maintain its relevance, the author acquired the skills necessary to perform this task through revising the databases. In order to do this the author had to be familiar with data extraction, statistical analysis, data interpenetration, and how to use relevant software applications. Not only what was the author able to transfer concepts learned at school to the workplace setting he will be able to transfer skills gained through his internship to his future academic pursuits. After completing the internship the author realizes that to become more confident he must familiarize himself with variety of computer operating systems and large databases.