1. The SDN iPhone App is back and free through November! Get it today and please post a review on the App Store!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice

Nota Bene: If your school offers SAS, TAKE IT!

Discussion in 'Public Health Degrees (Masters and Doctoral)' started by exmike, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. exmike

    exmike NOR * CAL
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Messages:
    4,206
    Likes Received:
    10
    Status:
    Fellow [Any Field]
    Another thread made me think about this point.

    If your school offers SAS courses, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT! SAS is so widely used in coporate america outside the public health spectrum that knowing how to manipulate data sets with SAS is an extremely valuable skill set. Most of us went into public health b/c we wanted to make a difference in our communities, but the hard realities is that the jobs sometimes arent there. SAS skills will greatly broaden your career prospectives no matter what your MPH concentration was. When I was thinking about going into the private sector for a while, I was amazed at how many companies wanted people with extensive SAS skills. There really are limiteless job possibilities if youre a good SAS programmer.

    I know some schools focus on packages like STATA and EpiInfo, but SAS is just so widely used that knowing it will surely come in handy.

    Just my bit of advice to future MPHers
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. rite1

    rite1 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2004
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am so glad my school requires us to take SAS. The thing is that only Epidemiology and Biostatistics students must take SAS in my college. I think last summer they provided an introductory course in SAS for students outside of Epi and Biostats. For those that may consider a PhD in public health, take SAS in your masters program because it will help you with your dissertation.
     
  4. Heal&Teach

    Heal&Teach cogito ergo sum
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Messages:
    1,331
    Likes Received:
    16
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Word, exmike! It certainly helps to know SAS and/or EPI Info. The most I got out of my usage in grad school was the lab in biostats where we were given everything, and then a similar example - ao we never truly learned SAS. But knowing it certainly will assist in opening up some doors. Biostatisticians and Epidemiologists are in high demand folks.
     
  5. thirdangel

    thirdangel Senior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2002
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    It's a pity that more don't use STATA, it's so much nicer than SAS.
     

Share This Page