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**SAS-meharry Academic Specialization **

**in Data Wrangling**

The SAS Academic Specialization in Data Wrangling is a certificate offered through the SACS extension and special program. Students will develop a mastery of the fundamental concepts, problems, principles, techniques, and issues that comprise the field of organization and management of information. They will use Excel, SAS, Python, SQL, QGIS, and R, to prepare data from disparate sources for statistical analysis and decision modeling. After completing the four-module program, students will receive graduate credit for four courses at Meharry Medical College.

##### Students who successfully complete this specialization will:

- Be skilled in the use of a range of general techniques and specific software tools for the storage, description, categorization, linking and discovery of resources.
- Be familiar with the nature and purpose of a range of standard schemata, frameworks, languages, vocabularies, formats, models and rule-sets.
- Have knowledge of appropriate criteria on which to base choices among available approaches, techniques, tools and standards.
- Appreciate that effective organization of resources is a necessary condition to properly access, and engagement with, those resources.
- Have knowledge of appropriate criteria on which to base choices among available approaches, techniques, tools and standards.
- Understand the statistical difference between observations and variables, along with knowledge of the different scales of measurement.

### The SAS Academic Specialization in Data Wrangling is divided into three modules.

Students who successfully complete Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 will receive graduate credit at Meharry Medical College for the following four credit hour courses.

- MSDS 510 Computer Programming Foundations for Data Science
- MSDS 515 Data Conscientiousness
- MSDS 520 Mathematical and Statistical Foundations for Data Science or

MSBD 520 Introduction to Biostatistics - MSDS 525 Data Management Foundations for Data Science

All students who complete the SAS-Meharry Academic Specialization in Data Wrangling will receive this badge from Meharry and SAS as their certificate.

##### Recommended reading materials

- SAS Programming 1: Essentials
- SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques
- Essential Data Analysis Using SAS Studio Tasks: A Point-and-Click Approach
- A Gentle Introduction to Statistics Using SAS Studio
- Data Wrangling with Python : Creating Actionable Data from Raw Sources
- Using a Spreadsheet to Clean up a Dataset
- Data Wrangling with R
- SQL for Data Science: Data Cleaning, Wrangling and Analytics with Relational Databases (Data-Centric Systems and Applications)
- Hands-On Geospatial Analysis with R and QGIS: A Beginner’s Guide to Manipulating, Managing, and Analyzing Spatial Data using R and QGIS 3.2.2