People Analytics

Analyze HR and Organizational Data to Improve Employee Satisfaction and Business Outcomes

Why is turnover so high? What can we do to manage healthcare costs? Where should we invest our recruiting dollars? These are just a few of the many questions human resources and business managers face today. Bryant University’s People Analytics course — taught by a SHRM-SCP with more than 25 years of experience — is designed to help you analyze big data to make informed decisions. The course covers how to harness the potential of your most valuable asset: your people.

Key Knowledge Areas in People Analytics

Through this People Analytics course — part of Bryant’s Human Resource Management Certificate program — you will:

  • Recognize the difference between metrics and analytics.
  • Apply data analytics to reveal the real source of a problem.
  • Uncover patterns, trends, and relationships from the data to develop the right solution.
  • Plan for different scenarios to make strategic decisions.
  • Build a business case as to why you need to invest in certain resources.
  • Practice what you learn by applying analytics to a research case study.
  • Present your analysis and solutions to the instructor to reinforce concepts and instill confidence.  


Whether you are a new or aspiring manager, the People Analytics course will build your expertise in the practice of data and analytics that leads to actionable insights. Types of roles that will benefit from the course include:

  • Business managers and owners
  • Leaders and executives
  • HR professionals
  • Department managers
  • Individuals completing the Human Resource Management Certificate
  • HR professionals seeking SHRM recertification 

Highlight: SHRM Recertification

Current HR professionals can earn 30 professional development credits (PDCs) for SHRM recertification with this course.

Course Requirements

This six-week, self-paced course includes guided learning with multimedia, interactive modules, and curated readings. Discussion posts are due on Mondays and all other deliverables are due on Saturdays. Expect approximately 4-5 hours of work per week.  

First-time online learner? “Strategies for Success” is a one-week module that will familiarize you with our learning system before you begin your program and ensure you are ready to participate. Required for all first-time, self-paced Bryant learners.

Course Format: Online, Self-Paced
Schedule: 6-week course, 4-5 hours/week
Begin the Sunday following enrollment
Tuition: $799
CEUs: 3.0
Registration Opens: November 14, 2023

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Certificate Requirements

This course is part of the Human Resources Management Certificate. In order to receive the certificate, you must complete six courses from the list below: 

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Preferred Provider

Bryant is an SHRM approved provider and an HRCI approved provider.

High-Caliber Faculty

All of our online courses are taught by top-notch Bryant faculty or industry experts who are leaders within their field.

Interactive Learning

During this 6-week course, you’ll spend 4-5 hours per week on guided learning, interactive modules, and curated reading.

Meet Your Instructor: Elissa O’Brien

With more than 25 years of experience in human resources, Elissa O’Brien, SHRM-SCP, is an expert at analyzing evidence-based data to make pragmatic business decisions. In her current role at WorldatWork, a global association for HR professionals and business leaders, she leads multiple teams responsible for membership, affiliates, strategic partnerships, and customer and partner success. As a former chief human resources officer in several mid-cap organizations, her expertise spans human resources, business development, and strategic initiatives. A Bryant University adjunct faculty member, she teaches HR analytics and business and strategy. She earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Managerial Technology from Johnson & Wales University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Salve Regina University.

Meet Your Instructor: Elissa O’Brien

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