Introduction to Statistics

An online short course

This course aims to introduce the basic statistical concepts and methods commonly used in medical and public health research.

Course date 8 - 12 February 2021
Course fee £1,100
Course Organisers Dr Tim Morris & Nicholas Turner

Prerequisites

Please ensure you meet the following prerequisites before booking:

Knowledge This course is intended for students who require a basic knowledge of the common statistical methods used in medical research. Previous computing experience is not required. Computer practicals will use Stata, so a basic knowledge (as provided by the Introduction to Stata course) would be advantageous but is not necessary.
Software You must have Stata (version 14 or later)* installed in advance of the course.
*Internal University of Bristol participants will be provided with access to Stata version 16 on the first day of the course.

Course format

Sessions will be delivered "live" via Blackboard Collaborate.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
 
  1. appreciate the role of statistical methods in epidemiology and public health;
  2. develop skills in presenting quantitative data using appropriate displays, tabulations and summaries;
  3. appreciate the nature of sampling variation and the role of statistical methods in quantifying variation, setting confidence limits, and testing hypotheses;
  4. select and use appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of simple datasets;
  5. understand and interpret output from statistical analyses; and
  6. present findings based on statistical analysis in a clear, concise and understandable manner.

Who the course is intended for

This course is intended for students who require a basic knowledge of the common statistical methods used in medical research. Previous computing experience is not required. Computer practicals will use Stata, so a basic knowledge (as provided by the Introduction to Stata course) would be advantageous but is not necessary.

Course outline

Topics to be covered include:

  1. defining and displaying data;
  2. sampling variation and confidence intervals;
  3. comparison of two means;
  4. comparison of two proportions;
  5. linear regression and correlation;
  6. logistic regression
  7. sample size calculations.

Online Course Bookings


Bookings are open for online courses running in 2021.

High quality teaching. Excellent organisation and resources.

Course feedback, January 2020

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