Applied Biostatistics and Data Science for American Indians & Alaska Natives

The Applied Biostatistics and Data Science track is for American Indian and Alaska Native students and professionals seeking to enhance their quantitative skills. In this two-year training program, trainees have the opportunity to learn from supportive instructors who help them to work toward their individual learning objectives. The track includes two series of intensive courses offered in person in Portland, Oregon; regular virtual seminars throughout the year; and a mentored capstone project on a topic of each trainee’s choice. Travel costs for trainees will be covered by NARCH.

The track will begin with a week of intensive courses held in Portland, Oregon in June 2024.

Topic areas in this training program include:

  • Study design – selecting an appropriate study design to address a research question; linking study design to analytic strategies; power considerations; data equity considerations
  • Data collection and measurement – designing data collection systems; developing measurement tools and surveys; devising data extraction strategies from existing databases
  • Analytic preparation – wrangling and transforming data to enable meaningful analyses; linking data sources; ensuring reproducibility
  • Summarization – using tools and techniques to visualize data to facilitate interpretation
  • Biostatistics and data science methods – descriptive methods and inferential procedures for data of various types; methods for spatial data; modern methods such as machine learning to identify clusters or patterns
  • Communication and dissemination – conveying quantitative findings to diverse audiences with varying levels of research background; ethical regulations and considerations when disseminating results about people in communities; data sovereignty


Application deadline: April 15, 2024

Download the application below

To learn more, contact Dr. Amy Laird at

APPLIED BIOSTATISTICS AND DATA SCIENCE TRAINING for American Indian and Alaska Native students and professionals. PROGRAM KICK-OFF. JUNE 17-22, 2024. PORTLAND, OREGON
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