Data Science in Human Behavior Resource Library


This support resource targets students in the Data Science in Human Behavior Master’s program, and was adapted from materials generated by data-science experts at UW-Madison Libraries and the Data Science in Human Behavior Program. There is a wide spread of resources available online; the offerings in this Resource Library have been vetted by faculty, researchers, and practitioners to not only align with the DSHB coursework, but also to extend to meet industry needs. All materials in this Resource Library are optional and available for personal use at no cost. They have been categorized to ease navigation and prioritization.


Students beginning the DSHB program have varying degrees of familiarity with a variety of subjects. To meet the diverse needs of students, this Resource Library can be used for three primary purposes:

  1. to supplement prior knowledge,
  2. to provide an introduction to content, and
  3. to collect qualified auxiliary resources

Some students may prefer to access only a handful of resources sporadically throughout the curriculum, whereas others may use this Resource Library as a helpful way to brush off the cobwebs. Regardless of where you begin, the Data Science in Human Behavior program coursework will get you to where you need to be. Consider this Resource Library as an option to feel more confident where you are, or even to get ahead!

Resources have been labeled in two ways to help you determine how to spend your time:

PrimaryContent that will be introduced in Year 1 and used heavily throughout the curriculum
SecondaryContent that will be touched on during the curriculum
BeginningFor students just beginning to learn about the content
IntermediateFor students who may need a refresher
AdvancedFor students who understand the content and want to take a deeper dive

Note that courses in the first two semesters focus on foundations of psychological experiments, programming, machine learning, and current topics in human behavioral data science. Semester three’s course, Psych 755, is designed to provide you with the knowledge and experience of conducting large-scale behavioral data science projects using a variety of contemporary software tools and environments. In the second fall semester comprising of a capstone project in industry, government or a non-profit agency that will provide real world training and a potential route for future employment. Resources in this site will continue to aid you throughout the program.

Learning Objectives

By reviewing the five sections of this Resource Library, you will be able to:

  1. Locate helpful supports for studying statistics
  2. Find guidance and trainings for working with data
  3. Define sensitive and restricted data and identify data policies
  4. Understand how to responsibly collect, create, and use data
  5. Identify locations and experts for further resources and help