Innovation Horizons | From Spreadsheet to Story: A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating Health Data
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From Spreadsheet to Story: A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating Health Data

Learn how we can apply the lessons of data visualization and communication to the health sector.

$495 for entire course
$135 for each module*

What you’ll learn

Through this class, learners will be able to: 

  • Translate written data findings into simple and compelling visuals
  • Capitalize on data stories to create cogent and persuasive narratives that support data findings
  • Leverage commonly used tools and resources for data visualization
  • Make use of open data from government websites
  • Design and implement a data communication strategy, including decision-making around presentation format (e.g., fact sheet, slideshow, infographic) based on audience needs and desired actions

Course description

The ability to tell a story with data is more important that ever, and in the data-rich field of healthcare, it has only become more essential. From health care providers to public health and government officials, data literacy is a skill that can create new value for you and your organization.  


Through five modules, accredited by the American Public Health Association, class participants will build out their own data story using data customized to locations of their choosing, and the course will also provide a toolkit of resources to help participants integrate learnings from this class into their professional work. The course consists of the following five modules: 

  • Module One: A Conversation With Susan Dentzer
  • Module Two: The Basics Of Visualization
  • Module Three: Finding The Right Presentation Format
  • Module Four: Lessons Learned In Communicating Data Effectively
  •   Module Five: Layering In The Story


Throughout the training, you’ll gain inspiration from health data stories created by highly regarded data visualization professionals, and we’ll learn how to apply data visualization to various types of health information, from disease prevalence and health economics to the social determinants of health and health care quality.


Learners who purchase the full course package will have the option to engage in LIVE office hours with the course instructor, which will be held once per quarter. Upon completion of the full course, participants will receive 8 continuing education credits.


This course and registration are being offered by the George Washington University Center for Continuing Education in the Health Professions(CEHP).


*Cost includes 10% DC sales tax.

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9 hours
Time Commitment
5 hours asynchronous recorded modules

4 hours of live office hours

Data visualization in public health

& health care

Course Language
8 continuing education credits from American Public Health Association
Data Visualization, Healthcare


Andy Krackov

Andy Krackov

Course Instructor & President

Hillcrest Advisory – a data storytelling consulting firm

Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer

Senior Policy Fellow

Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University 


If you have questions about the course, please don’t hesitate to reach out.