Student Dataset

CanPath’s Student Dataset provides students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with CanPath data.

What is the Student Dataset?

CanPath has developed a Student Dataset that provides students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with CanPath data. The CanPath Student Dataset is a synthetic dataset that was manipulated to mimic CanPath’s nationally harmonized data but does not include or reveal actual data of any CanPath participants.

The CanPath Student Dataset is available to instructors at a Canadian university or college for use in an academic course, at no cost. CanPath will provide the Student Dataset and a supporting data dictionary.

Advantages of the CanPath Student Dataset:

“The dataset was easy to use and the number of variables it included would be beneficial in many analyses. Also, the dataset included a very large number of observations that made a strong analysis possible.” – MPH Student, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

What’s in the Student Dataset?

Canadian Data

The synthetic dataset is similar to a random sample of CanPath data, which includes participants from the BC Generations Project, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, the Ontario Health Study, CARTaGENE, and Atlantic PATH.

The student dataset includes over 40,000 observations with 403 categorical variables from the CanPath Baseline and Additional Diseases Questionnaires.

Areas of Information

Variables include socio-demographic and economic information, lifestyle and behaviour (e.g. tobacco use, alcohol use, nutrition), perception of health, and select self-reported diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and first cancer.

CANUE Variables

The student dataset also includes environmental variables originating from the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) dataset, such as material deprivation index and annual average exposure to ambient air pollution.

Examples of Student Projects

  • Work Schedule and Binge Drinking
  • Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Colorectal Cancer
  • Smoking and Multiple Sclerosis
  • In Vitro Fertilization and Cardiovascular disease
  • Anxiety and Migraines
  • Green Space and Obesity
  • Education and Blood Pressure
  • Anxiety and Addiction

Please note: The CanPath Student Dataset is for training purposes only and cannot be used for publication. Students interested in finding out if their project results can be replicated using real CanPath data for potential publication can apply through the regular CanPath Access Process. A reduced fee is available to students and trainees applying for access to CanPath data and biosamples.

Student Dataset Access Process

Completed applications and supporting documents can be submitted by email to Applications will be reviewed within two weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be an instructor at a Canadian university or college;
  • The dataset is being requested for use in an academic course;
  • The course objectives are relevant to CanPath’s purpose, vision and mission;
  • The CanPath dataset aligns with course objectives and methods.

Required Documents

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Copy of REB Application
  3. REB decision letter or proof of exemption  
  4. Brief CV of Applicant (2 pages) 
  5. Course Syllabus 

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