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About the Course

This course will prepare you to complete all parts of the Clinical Data Science Specialization. In this course you will learn how clinical data are generated, the format of these data, and the ethical and legal restrictions on these data. You will also learn enough SQL and R programming skills to be able to complete the entire Specialization - even if you are a beginner programmer. While you are taking this course you will have access to an actual clinical data set and a free, online computational environment for data science hosted by our Industry Partner Google Cloud. At the end of this course you will be prepared to embark on your clinical data science education journey, learning how to take data created by the healthcare system and improve the health of tomorrow's patients....

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Oct 28, 2019

Very nice overview of a very complex topic. Somewhat superficial in some areas, but this is an introduction class and covered everything to an acceptable degree. A very intimidating topic.


May 23, 2020

Nice bite sized pieces, with relevant application to querying hospital database using (pre-requisite knowledge) of SQL and R-prog. Definitely useful for my speciality and line of work.

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By Geeta G

Oct 22, 2022

Content is great! 5 stars for it. The assessment could be improved as the automated answers in some assignments are marked wrong and the course grades it wrong even if a right answer is given. Deducted 1 star just for this bug. Otherwise the content and the practice assignments and hands on experience is fantastic.

By sunay m

Oct 22, 2020

A good start to fundamentals of clinical data science. It lays the foundation for more advanced topics. The MIMIC3 data is an excellent example of real life like health data. The quiz assignments are of very good standard. You will need to work out thoroughly to pass them.

By Robert W S

Apr 4, 2019

Some material is inconsistent between the lectures and quizzes. Syntax of BigQuery does allow distinct queries, which was stated otherwise in the course material. Overall the content was good and was a nice introduction to the MIMICIII dataset.

By Jenny

Sep 14, 2019

A good introduction to clinical data science course and useful for those who wants to tap into the field. However, prior knowledge of R is required as some concepts/functions are not fully explained in the course.

By Arens J R M

Oct 11, 2019

I really enjoyed everything in this class, I really loved it. It was an accumulation of new skills all along, almost everything was new to me: Google BigQuery, SQL, R language etc. Thank you for this opportunity!

By Kaung M W Y

Nov 16, 2020

The course is great overall. But when it comes to teaching SQL and R, there is too much to learn with just a few explanation. It is not easy for those who do not have background knowledge on those.

By Austin L

Mar 19, 2020

This was a good general overview however there should have been more of a practice task based system when it came to the coding or make the coding a different segment altogether

By Matthew K

Dec 13, 2020

A good overview of Clinical Data Science. The reading material covering SQL and R coding was cumbersome, difficult to follow, and did not contain any lectures.


Feb 18, 2019

I found Rstudio very confusing as there was no proper introduction or hands on example. Took a great deal in going through the links and addressing.

By Kathleen M

Sep 19, 2020

Weeks 1-3 were great. Nicely structured and easy to understand.W eek 4 seems a bit packed with lots of information. Enjoyed learning the course


Nov 27, 2022

RStudio didn't connect to G.bigquery. But the course is very good for learning and getting overview of the data science techniques.

By Jonas R

Sep 14, 2020

first week was very USA centeric. even though similar principles apply in other countries.

By Zsolt S

Dec 28, 2019

Good intro to the field, but should spend more time and provide further reference to R.

By Kristopher N

Apr 1, 2019

Good introduction to see if you want to progress through the rest of the program

By Edward T

Nov 17, 2020

excellent course, but couldn't connect to online datasets to run queries

By Ehsan E

Oct 27, 2020

Solid and interactive introduction to SQL and basic R-SQL interactions.

By Yiing Y

Nov 18, 2020

It would be clearer if some programming examples can be shown in video

By Rick M

Oct 3, 2022

Reconnection to sessions in RStudio was somewhat challenging.

By Adam R

Jul 16, 2019

Good short introductory course. Clearly taught and scheduled.

By David A G E

Sep 16, 2020

Excellent for beginners

By Véronique G

Mar 30, 2022

Learned quite a lot. The SQL section is very well done. Informative and easy to follow and learn from. The R section is very difficult. I had done the ''Getting started with R'' course before, which was great, but I was still lost when it came to understanding part of this course. All in all, everything is feasible but required more time (week 4 was loooongg!) for me than expected.

By John M

Sep 29, 2022

This course assumes you know R and at least an intermediate level of SQL. The answers for the quizzes and Assessments are not all covered in the course lectures. You need to follow and read all the links. (A few of the links are 404.)

By Vidhya S

Jan 16, 2023

It seems like some of the screenshots from this course have not been updated for a long time and can cause confusion when trying to follow the steps of the related materials.

By Jonathan H

Jun 3, 2021

Alright course as introduction to clinical data science. Still a lot information. Could be better by having more practice exercises with programming.

By Niyoyita J P

Jan 7, 2022

More practice is needed