How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
Professionals today face ever mounting pressure to analyze large quantities of information and to eloquently share their findings. This course is designed to lead you through that process so that you can accurately make positive impressions on others and increase your influence. Stand apart from your peers with visuals that are as powerful as they are elegant.
Start Date:
April 2021
4 weeks


Dennis McGrath

Dennis McGrath is an engineer with more than 30 years of experience using data to make better decisions. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Rutgers University. His career spans multiple sectors including government/military, healthcare, finance, and homeland security. As an engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center and later with Lockheed Martin, he worked with Navy aircraft and ship-based combat systems. As a researcher at Dartmouth College and Norwich University, he was principle investigator for multiple projects investigating technology for infrastructure protection and disaster response. More recently, he has been a consultant to several New England hospitals using Six Sigma methods to spearhead data-driven process improvements.


Data Visualization
We’ll spend time learning and applying best analytical design practices to images and other visuals, like infographics, to make sure that your presentations are efficient, credible, clear, convincing, upright, purpose-driven, and stunning. You’ll explore both the art and the science of good data representation.

Topics Include:

  • Making more efficient presentations
  • How to select the best type of visual for your specific purposes
  • Consuming visuals with a more discerning eye
  • Assessing visual representations’ adherence to widely accepted principles of artistic and analytical design
  • Building portfolios with new and robust visual evidence presentations that are credible, clear, persuasive, and beautiful
  • Using a more purpose-driven approach when creating graphic representations of data

Who Should Register:

  • This course is ideal for anyone who works with people, especially leaders, those who interact with the public, or anyone who creates messages for their organization
  • Government or military personnel
  • Public Information Officers
  • Communication, marketing, and PR professionals
  • Business owners or business professionals
  • Public speakers

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.


Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Be prepared to learn from each other