Data Science in Context: Understanding the Work of Health Data Scientists

Accepting Students


The purpose of this study, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development grant, is to understand the work of data scientists who are working in the health care domain and the contextual factors that affect it. The study seeks to provide an in-depth insight into the barriers, inefficiencies, and inherent tensions and contradictions that may exist within the work activities of health data scientists. These insights could inform national or provincial policies, organizational procedures, developments and improvements of tools for data science, and educational and training initiatives. Data will be gathered through job shadowing and interviews with health data scientists and will be analyzed through the theoretical lens of Cultural Historical Activity Theory.

Accepting Students

The Research Assistant position has been filled. There may be another opportunity starting May, 2024

Participant’s Recruitment

Are you a data professional in a health-related field?
We are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to increase our understanding of the challenges and complexities within the work of health data professionals.

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to share insights into your work activities and the challenges encountered.
Your participation would involve a 30 – 60-minute interview and/or a 1–2-day job shadowing experience.
Time commitment and meeting locations are flexible.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the form found at this link, providing us with your contact information and availability for an interview and/or job shadowing. If selected to participate in the study, we will contact you with additional information and informed consent form to complete. Participants will receive a $50 gift card as a token of appreciation for their contribution to the study.

Lead Faculty