Data Science For Social Impact
In the forthcoming decades, India is poised to confront an array of public health challenges as a consequence of climate change. Heat waves are anticipated to induce a spectrum of health issues, including dehydration, heat strokes, respiratory ailments, and cardiovascular complications, among others. Beyond the realm of physical health, climate change is also expected to precipitate mental health concerns such as stress and anxiety.
Consequently, there exists a pressing imperative to equip professionals with the requisite skills to address these impending challenges, encompassing the domains of data collection, analysis, and visualization. However, there is currently a dearth of academic courses, training initiatives, and leadership development programs tailored to this specific need.
The Program for Education and Development in Data Science for Social Impact (PEDP) has been conceived to bridge this gap and cultivate a cohort of data professionals endowed with interdisciplinary proficiency in climate and health data. It places a paramount emphasis on the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).
In collaboration with data.org, J-PAL SA, CAN/IDCA, and a distinguished faculty comprising prominent practitioners from academia and industry, including institutions such as IITB, NUS, NIH, and BluskyAnalytics, the PEDP program is designed to cater to individuals at all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals, in the realm of data science tools and techniques.