About this course
This course offers a rigorous mathematical survey of causal inference at the Master’s level. Inferences about causation are of great importance in science, medicine, policy, and business. This course provides an introduction to the statistical literature on causal inference that has emerged in the last 35-40 years and that has revolutionized the way in which statisticians and applied researchers in many disciplines use data to make inferences about causal relationships. We will study methods for collecting data to estimate causal relationships. Students will learn how to distinguish between relationships that are causal and non-causal; this is not always obvious. We shall then study and evaluate the various methods students can use — such as matching, sub-classification on the propensity score, inverse probability of treatment weighting, and machine learning — to estimate a variety of effects — such as the average treatment effect and the effect of treatment on the treated. At the end, we discuss methods for evaluating some of the assumptions we have made, and we offer a look forward to the extensions we take up in the sequel to this course.
Who this class is for: The course is intended for students, researchers, and industry professionals who are interested in understanding the modern statistical literature on causal inference and who may want to apply the methodology studied here to real world problems. The level of the course is suitable for MA and PhD students in statistics, computer science, data science, and other quantitative disciplines. Familiarity with calculus, probability, and statistical inference is assumed.
Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for Returning Veterans
About this course
This course is a collaboration between FourBlock and Columbia University, powered by T-Mobile.
The course will focus on the development of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual character strengths as they relate to making a successful career transition from military service to the civilian workforce. The course content is grounded in research, delivered by experts in their given fields, and is meant to provide you with a framework for an iterative process of self-reflection and the development of practical skills that enables you to make career choices that better align with your values, ambitions, and continued service. Ultimately, this course helps you answer the question: What should I do next?
The skills you learned in the military will go a long way toward helping you succeed in the civilian workforce, but if you’re looking for some extra guidance in figuring out what to do next for a career – and ultimately a new way to serve – then you’ll find it in this course.
The culture of corporate America is different from the culture of the military, and we also know that one of the keys to integrating back home and excelling in the civilian workforce – especially for veterans – is learning to navigate these differences successfully, right from the very start.
This course aims to help you do just that. First, the course will provide you with examples of the character strengths, or behaviors, that you need to exhibit in order to find new ways to continue to serve your community, find strength in your transition, and focus your time and efforts on opportunities that are most meaningful to you.
Second, the course will offer you practical strategies to ease your transition, to help you make better decisions for you and your family, and ultimately help you achieve your career goals and reach your potential.
While this course is open to everyone, the content has been tailored for veterans, active duty service members who plan to transition into civilian employment, and professionals who work to support veterans as they transition. If this sounds like you, and if you’re ready to learn how to make your transition easier and more successful, then we hope you’ll join us.
We welcome the opportunity to assist colleges, career transition programs, non-profit organizations, and more, in utilizing this online curriculum to supplement your established programs. To get underway, contact us at FourBlock or Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration
What you’ll learn
- Practical tips and strategies for making a successful military-to-civilian career transition.
- A framework for how to begin thinking about and exploring new career opportunities.
- Model behaviors exhibited by veterans who have successfully started new careers.