This course trains students to identify data sources for policy evaluations and to answer research questions. Through hands-on work, students will develop the skills to manage and analyze datasets. This includes formatting files for analyses and assessing the validity and consistency of data sources. In addition to regular data assignments, students will be required to complete individual projects. Addresses challenges in the use of electronic clinical data for research purposes, such as electronic health records, clinical data warehouses, electronic prescribing, clinical decision support systems and health information exchange. Students will learn how clinical processes generate data in these different systems, the tasks required to obtain data for research purposes and steps to prepare data for analysis. Examples of research uses of clinical data will be drawn from case studies in the literature. Students will acquire skills in data review, preparation and analysis through hands-on experience with clinical data.