Introduction to Stata

Course dates

Due to demand, this 2 day course will run twice:

  • 20 - 21 November 2017
  • 10 - 11 April 2018

Course duration

2 days (approximately 12 hours teaching with a mixture of lectures and practicals).
Registration will start at 8.45am on the first day, the course will finish by 4pm on the final day with an optional session on dates running until 4.45pm.

Course tutors

Dr Becky Mars (course organiser), Dr Hannah Jones, Dr Sarah Sullivan, Sean Harrison, Tim Morris, Dr Maria Magnus, Dr Michelle Taylor and Dr Alison Teyhan.

Course aims and objectives

To provide a basic introduction to the statistical software package Stata 15, focusing on its use for data management and data exploration.

Who the course is intended for

The course is intended for anyone who will use Stata regularly in their day to day work as a data management tool and/or for performing statistical analyses.

Previous experience with handling data is therefore required, as is a familiarity with Microsoft Windows. No previous knowledge of Stata or of statistical analyses is necessary. Students will gain the familiarity with Stata that is a pre-requisite for several other courses in the short course programme.

Course outline

By the end of the course students will be able to use Stata 15 to:

  • find help about a given topic or command;
  • explore a dataset in a number of ways;
  • add labels to a dataset to make it self-documenting;
  • recode variables and derive new variables from existing ones;
  • reorganize and simplify a dataset and deal with missing values;
  • input data from a variety of sources;
  • combine two or more datasets;
  • produce summary statistics, tables and graphs;
  • keep a record of their work and ensure it is reproducible;
  • and optionally deal with dates.

Please note: students will be given a brief introduction to some simple statistical commands; the focus of the course is not on the use of Stata for analytical purposes. Practical sessions of this course will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.


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I was very impressed with how smoothly the course was run and the phenomenal knowledge of the tutors. None of the tutors were phased by any of the questions and it was great to have that additional support in the room.

Course feedback, January 2017

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Course venue

Bristol Medical School
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
United Kingdom

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Course refreshments

We provide morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, including tea and coffee, biscuits and fresh fruit.

If you have specific dietary needs we ask that you let us know in advance.

Lunch is not included. There are a range of local cafes and supermarkets nearby for students to purchase lunch. 


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